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What Is Team Utopia South?

Team Utopia South spawned out of the original Team Utopia based out of Albany, NY. When Coach Justin Bishop moved to the Columbia, SC area in January of 2012, the idea of a southern chapter of Team Utopia was always being kicked around. It wasn't until April 1st, 2013 that the new Team Utopia South was officially launched.

As posted in our mission statement, TUS is not just a running club for the speed gifted. Runners of all abilities are encouraged and welcomed to join. We hope to grow in numbers over the years which will help our club take advantage of group rate merchandise, race entries, and memberships fees. The thing that really makes Team Utopia South thrive is it's members. Runners of all abilities from all walks of life. Every runner shares the passion for the sport of running and the desire to better their skills, break personal bests, and increase their speed. Most importantly, TUS is all about having fun, and enjoying, while learning, the lifestyle of running.


About Coach Justin Bishop…

2011 Sage Men's XC Team

Indoor Champ medals

2006 Colonie Boys Throwers

2015 Bunny Hop

29 Time National Champion:





























14 Time Regional Champion:














15 Time State Champion:
2004 IAUM Double Decathlon (Open Men)
2007 IAUM Double Decathlon (Open Men)
2008 IAUM Indoor Double Heptathlon (Open Men)
2014 USATF Masters 3000m Steeplechase (M30-34)
2014 USATF Masters 10,000m (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters Indoor 3000m (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters Indoor Mile (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters Indoor High Jump (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters Indoor 60m Hurdles (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters 5000m (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters 10,000m (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters 4x800m Club Relay (M30-39)
2015 USATF Masters High Jump (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters Discus (M30-34)
2015 USATF Masters Javelin (M30-34)
2016 USATF Masters Indoor Pentathlon (M30-34)
2016 USATF Masters Indoor 60m Hurdles (M30-34)
2016 USATF Masters Indoor Shot Put (M30-34)
2016 USATF Masters Indoor Weight Throw (M30-34)
2016 USATF Masters Indoor Super Weight Throw (M30-34)
2016 USATF Masters Pole Vault (M35-39)
2016 USATF Masters 3000m Steeplechase (M35-39)
2016 USATF Masters 5000m (M35-39)
2016 USATF Masters 10,000m (M35-39)
2017 USATF Masters Indoor Pentathlon (M35-39)
2017 USATF Masters Indoor 60m Hurdles (M35-39)
2017 USATF Masters Indoor Shot Put (M35-39)
2017 USATF Masters Indoor Weight Throw (M35-39)
2017 USATF Masters Indoor Super Weight Throw (M35-39)

1999 USATF Junior Olympic Region 1 Decathlon (Young Men 17-18)
2008 USATF East Region 3000m Steeplechase (Open Men)
2009 USATF East Region 3000m Steeplechase (Open Men)
2016 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor 800m (M30-34)
2016 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Mile (M30-34)
2016 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor 3000m (M30-34)
2016 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Shot Put (M30-34)
2016 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Weight Throw (M30-34)
2017 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor 60m Hurdles (M35-39)
2017 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor 800m (M35-39)
2017 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor High Jump (M35-39)
2017 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Shot Put (M35-39)
2017 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Weight Throw (M35-39)
2017 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Superweight Throw(M35-39)

Various distances in both New York and South Carolina ranging from 1500 meters to 12 kilometers.

Coach of: Team USA Paralympian and National Champion - Amy McDonaugh (T12 1500 meters)

World Record holder - Amy McDonaugh (T12 Half Marathon - 1:22:23)

Team USA Duathlete - Lucia Velicu (Long Course)

3-Time National Champion Tracy Meyers - 2014, 2015, & 2016 USATF Masters
2000 Meter Steeplechase (F50-54)

3-Time National Champion Mike Nance - 2015 USATF Masters 5000m (M35-39), 2015 USATF Masters 3000m Steeplechase (M35-39), 2015 USATF Masters 4x800m Club Relay (M30-39).

2-Time National Champion Joe Malone - 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Shot Put (M30-34),
2015 USATF Masters Indoor Super Weight Throw (M30-34).

3-Time National Champion Joyce Welch - 2015 & 2016 USATF Masters 2000m Steeplechase (F45-49), 2016 USATF Masters Pentathlon (F45-49)

USATF Masters Southeast Regional Champion - Mike Nance (M35-39 Steeplechase)

South Carolina State Half Marathon & 5K Champion - Lorikay Kienzle (Grand Masters division)

RRCA National 5K Cross Country Champion and South Carolina State 15K & 5K Champion - Mike Compton (Senior Masters division)

10 First time Boston Marathon qualifiers: Joyce Welch, Sydney Frontz, Jessica Workman, Colleen Vowles, Rob Yerger, Mike Nance, Derek Gomez, Alex McDonald, Ivanka Tolan, David Russell.


Coaching since 2005: Colonie Central High School (Assistant Coach, 2005 - 2006)
Independent Clientele (2006 - 2010)
Sage College of Albany (Assistant Coach, 2011 - 2012)
Team Utopia South (Head Coach, 2013 - Present)
Columbia College (Assistant Coach, 2016 - Present)

Personal Bests: Mile - 4:20
5K - 15:17
10K - 31:53
Half Marathon - 1:10:12
Marathon - 2:37:52
50 Mile - 7:04:12

Other Info: 2015 & 2016 USATF Masters Track & Field Age Group Athlete of the Year (M30-39)

Personally trained by world class marathoner, and 1976 Olympic Trials qualifier, Jim Bowles.

USATF Certified Level 2 Coach in Endurance Events

American record holder in the Single-Day Double Decathlon

8-Time Boston Marathon Qualifier