About the Coach



Matthew Parks

  • USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach
  • NCTMB (Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork)
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • BS in Health and Human Development from MSU-Bozeman

About the skills and abilities of Matthew Parks:

I have a lot of experience in athletic development and also have the education to back it up as well.  I am always learning more and more everyday and always look forward to new discoveries.  I love helping people with the sport of triathlon and other endurance related events.  I am extremely proficient assisting athletes improve their form with swimming, biking, and running.  My skill set can also help people with other sport, health, and fitness programs as well.

My formal education trained me to become the professional I am today.  The additional certifications I have obtained over the years are the proof I can assist people with their athletic endeavors.  I am grateful for the daily opportunity to assist people in improving themselves.

About the name of Moving Forward:

When I was racing my first full XTERRA season in 2007, I started to say “keep moving forward” to myself to keep me going during the demanding part of the races.  It was, and still is, a simple affirmation to help almost any situation.  It helped me greatly, and I decided to rename my business after it.  I have been assisting people with their health, fitness, and sport programs for 20 years in the Gallatin Valley located in beautiful Bozeman, MT.  My focus is on athletic development so people can improve their performance.  Keeping clients and athletes progressing is important to me, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran.

Athletic career:

After a adolescent career spent with team sports (football, basketball, track & field), I decided to pursue the sport of triathlon and endurance events.  I have a firm belief that anybody can accomplish anything they want.  I competed in my first triathlon in 1993, and have probably completed in well over 100 endurance events during the past 20 years.  I have a special place in my heart for the sport of triathlon.  I have qualified for XTERRA Nationals in each of the full seasons (2007 & 2009) I have raced.  Most recently, I have enjoyed long distance mountain bike racing and Nordic ski races.


Upcoming Races:


March 7th, 2015 – Rendezvous, West Yellowstone, MT

Recent Races completed: too many to list all of them, ask me and I will tell you if I have done it 🙂


January 11th, 2014 – Teton Ridge Classic – Driggs, ID

February 1st, 2014 –    Boulder Mountain Tour – Sun Valley, ID

March 8th, 2014 – Rendezvous – West Yellowstone, MT

May 24th/25th, 2014 – Gunnison Growler, Gunnison, CO


Gunnison Growler – Gunnison, CO


Vapor Trail 125 – Salida, CO

Gunnison Growler – Gunnison, CO

West Yellowstone Rendezvous – West Yellowstone, MT

Gallatin Glissade – Big Sky, MT

Moose Chase Marathon – Jackson, WY

Powderhound Triathlon – Butte, MT


Sacagawea Classic (Nordic Ski) – Bozeman, MT

Powderhound Triathlon – Butte, MT

West Yellowstone Rendezvous – West Yellowstone, MT

24 Hours of Rapelje (team) – Rapelje, MT

25 Hours of Frog Hollow (team) – Hurricane, UT


XTERRA Forest Drive


XTERRA West Cup – Las Vegas

XTERRA Norhwest Cup – Farragut, ID

XTERRA Solstice – La Grande, OR

XTERRA Wild Horse Creek – Bozeman, MT

XTERRA Indian Creek – Nederland, CO

(qualified for Nationals, but did not participate)


West Yellowstone Rendezvous – West Yellowstone, MT


Snowshoe Race? – Bozeman, MT

XTERRA Buffalo Creek – Buffalo Creek, CO

Treasure State Off-Road Tri – Bozeman, MT.

Spring Meadow Triathlon – Helena, MT

XTERRA Iron Creek – Iron Creek, SD

XTERRA Wild Horse Creek – Bozeman, MT

XTERRA Crested Butte – Crested Butte, CO

Sweet Pea 5K – Bozeman, MT

Lewis & Clark Half-Marathon – Bozeman, MT

XTERRA National Championship – Incline Village, NV


XTERRA Moonlight Basin Off-Road Tri – Big Sky, MT

Others as well, but cannot remember . . . 🙂

2005 and beyond . . .

A plethora of road triathlons in the Mountain States region.  A highlight race was the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in 2000!  An amazing experience!  Almost all of the local races in the Bozeman area, including the Jim Bridger Trail Run, John Colter Run, Sweet Pea (then Bozeman Classic, now the Stampede, and now back to the Sweet Pea!),  Lewis & Clark marathon and half marathon.  Too many to list.

Contact Information:

Email me

406 580 7987

The office is located at 2100 Fairway Drive, Office #211 in Bozeman.

This is located near Valley View Golf Course (off of Kagy Street)

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