Next Level Running

Next Level Running is Buffalo’s most comprehensive short- and long-distance training programs. In partnership with IMPACT Sports Performance and operating out of the state-of-the-art training facility at HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo, Next Level provides Buffalo’s only fully-customized training experience.


Next Level Running is committed to training athletes to reach their individual goals, with personalization and one-on-one attention as core values of the program. Enrollment is always open! Runners can join anytime, at any fitness level, for any goal race. Online training plans are also available.


Next Level Running is led by Melina Buck, a 11x marathoner and 13x half-marathoner including seven NYC Marathons and two Boston Marathons. Melina has coached hundreds of members of Buffalo’s running community and has trained runners for every distance from sprints to ultra-marathons. With a background in exercise and sports psychology and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, Melina’s training techniques are cultivated with a balance of science and true passion for the sport of running.


What the runners say:

“Melina is smart, educated, and experienced. Her advice is technical and effective. She has the education and training to maximize your training. She has the experience of running and racing to guide you. And she’s got a ton of heart, because she loves running, and she cares that you do too.”    -Brenna

“I really can’t thank you enough for all of the wonderful guidance and inspiration you have given me as my coach.  I could never have achieved these personal life goals without the support system from you.”    -Beth

“I still cannot believe I ran 20 miles. It was like an out of body experience. I cannot believe it was me. I have surpassed my goal of being able to manage a 5k. Thank you for this, Melina.”    -Stephanie