Coaching

We here at Dirty Kanza Promotions don’t only promote events, we participate as well. We ride these rides and run these runs. We train, we compete, and we teach. That’s why we are thrilled to be unveiling our new Dirty Kanza Promotions Coaching Services. We want you to be successful not just at our events, but at any epic endurance challenge you choose to tackle.

Expert coaching in cycling and running includes:

  • Premium Training Peaks Account


  • Personalized coaching – tailored workouts designed with your abilities and schedule in mind – no static plans


  • Once a week consultation with coach to review plan and discuss upcoming workouts


  • No long term contracts


  • No sign-up fees


  • Free Dirty Kanza Jersey with prepaid 6 month subscription


  • 10% off Dirty Kanza camps and clinics for current coached athletes and Industry perks from select Dirty Kanza sponsors

Price: $120 per month

Meet the Coaches

LeLan Dains – Cycling

lelan-dainsI have been cycling for over a decade, most of that on singletrack and gravel. Little did I know that passion for riding would turn into a career in the cycling industry. I am the Operations Manager for Dirty Kanza Promotions and have previously worked as the Training Camp Director for Carmichael Training Systems. I graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Recreation Management and a Minor in Health Promotion.

I am most passionate about helping others achieve their cycling goals. Events such as the Dirty Kanza and other epic gravel rides are challenging enough as it is. It is rewarding to see athletes reach heights that they didn’t at first think possible. I would love to chat with you if you are interested in getting professional help to make epic rides a reality!

Jacob Kucza – Running

jacob-kuczaJacob Kucza is excited to share his knowledge of running with other dedicated runners. Jacob ran three years of high school cross country at Lawrence High School where he was a three-time letterman. He ran for a year at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas, and earned a chance to compete at the NJCAA National Cross Country meet. Additionally, Jacob was an NJCAA Academic All American.

Jacob’s running career has spanned distances from the mile to ultramarathons. He has completed three high-profile marathons and is the back-to-back men’s winner of the Race the Chase 50k, held annually in Chase County, Kansas each September. He also qualified for and competed in the 2015 Boston

Jacob obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University in 2010. He has taught fourth grade in Emporia for the past six years. In the fall of 2015, Jacob began coaching at the high school level as the assistant cross country coach at Emporia High School. In his first year, the team sent three individual qualifiers to the 5A Kansas state competition.

Racing on the roads is Jacob’s longtime running love, but the trails have recently put up a worthy fight and have surely proven a worthy competitor to the traditional way of racing. He is ready to prepare runners for their best performances, whether on pavement or dirt!