Nicole Vander Wiele

IMG_3233Nikki is a Physical Therapist at Lynden Family Physical Therapy treating all kinds of orthopedic injuries and specializing in treating runners. After struggling with injuries through high school and while running at Calvin College, she loves helping other runners stay healthy and meet their goals. She lives in Lynden with her husband Josh and helps coach cross country and track at Lynden Christian High School.  Her favorite distance is the marathon – having completed 13 including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Eugene, and Portland and has gone sub 3:00 on 4 occasions.

Her fondest memories in running – the little details of the races she remembers – warming up with teammates, randomly finding a friend at the start or finish, cheers from family or friends, and passing classic running landmarks like Hayward field, the Wellesley girls, or the dancing dragon in Chicago.

Personal Bests

  • 15k – 1:00:29 (Fairhaven 15k, September 2011)
  • 1/2 marathon- 1:26 (Run for Water, Abbotsford, BC May 2014)
  • Marathon – 2:56 (Rock and Roll Phoenix January 2012)

Current Goals

  • Sub 3:00 marathon’s
  • Sub 19:00 5k
  • To be a life long runner and enjoy the ability to run while avoiding injuries and over-training

13260154_617293605091930_8381364003030547562_nA few of Nikki’s favorite things…
Her running buddies
, “Whether it’s with the girls on the Lynden Christian team, college friends, Ragnar teammates, or my husband, running is best when shared.”
Outdoor adventures, ” I love being active in general. In addition to running I like to bike, hike, paddle board, do yoga, garden, travel, and golf.
Cooking, “I love cooking, baking, and creating new healthy recipes; I spend a lot of time in the kitchen keeping us fueled.”