Career and Life Shaped by Running
Sue McNatt discovered her passion and talent for running as a high school athlete in her native Wisconsin, where she made her mark as one of the top distance runners in the country. In high school, Sue competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships two years in a row, winning the Midwest regional Championships and earning All-American Honors, placing 8th in the National Championships her junior year. She was also runner up in the Wisconsin State Cross Country Championships. Sue attended D1 Northwestern University in Illinois on a full athletic scholarship. Among her collegiate accomplishments, she competed in the D1 Cross Country National Championships. To this day, she competes in cross country, trail racing and Nordic skiing for the Cambridge Sports Union. Sue is also an active and enthusiastic member of the Suburban Striders running club, and serves on their Board of Directors.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Sue is a highly regarded Physical Therapist who earned her M.S. degree from Boston University and has been in practice for almost twenty years. She specializes in treating runners of all ages and abilities, as well as other orthopedic clients.
Sue uses videotape biomechanical analysis to look at gait deviations and prescribe appropriate exercise programs for her athletes. She brings her deep knowledge and understanding of competitive athletics to her practice, helping her clients resolve underlying imbalances and return to activity with confidence.
Sue has been coaching youth athletics for 12 years. First as a Nordic ski coach for the Bill Koch League and more recently as the Head Track and Field Coach for Needham Middle School in Needham, MA for the last 5 years. She is also an assistant Cross Country and indoor/outdoor track and field coach for Needham High School and has been a part of the Strive Greater Boston Summer Program since 2018. She is a USA Track and Field Level 1 certified coach.
While not running, skiing, competing or working, Sue can be found hiking with her husband and three children and relaxing with her two cats!