Ekiden Plus Coaches

FOR ATHLETES WHO NEED MORE COACH FEEDBACK AND COMMUNICATION
TO ACCOMPANY THEIR PERSONAL COACHING.

Matt Flaherty Since my first days running competitively in 1996, I've been insatiably curious about what makes runners faster. I picked the brains of my coaches, learning what I could from them about both the physical and mental sides of the sport, and coached myself to a 2:21 marathon personal best, a U.S. title at the 50-mile distance in course-record time and four U.S. teams for world championship events. As a coach, I’ve been able to develop a much better understanding of how to scale the concepts I've learned to runners from different backgrounds, developing unique training plans, effectively analyzing athletes' workouts and feedback, and adjusting training schedules when things were going worse or better than expected. I've worked with everyone from true beginners to experienced marathoners and ultrarunners, and know how to motivate different types of athletes by keeping training and racing fresh and fun.

Matt Flaherty

Since my first days running competitively in 1996, I've been insatiably curious about what makes runners faster. I picked the brains of my coaches, learning what I could from them about both the physical and mental sides of the sport, and coached myself to a 2:21 marathon personal best, a U.S. title at the 50-mile distance in course-record time and four U.S. teams for world championship events. As a coach, I’ve been able to develop a much better understanding of how to scale the concepts I've learned to runners from different backgrounds, developing unique training plans, effectively analyzing athletes' workouts and feedback, and adjusting training schedules when things were going worse or better than expected. I've worked with everyone from true beginners to experienced marathoners and ultrarunners, and know how to motivate different types of athletes by keeping training and racing fresh and fun.

 
Sam Robinson I have been competing in distance running since the late 1990s and ran track and cross country at Furman University in South Carolina. Since college I’ve moved up in race distances, competing in half- and full marathons with finishes (and a few wins) in races across the United States and Europe. I’ve also had recent success in trail running with a number of top placements at USATF championships from 15K-50K. I draw upon my extensive experience—which includes more than a few personal mistakes—to provide support, devise plans, and troubleshoot problems with my athletes. I welcome working with people of all backgrounds, with particular interest in coaching athletes to their best results at distances from half-marathon to 50K.

Sam Robinson

I have been competing in distance running since the late 1990s and ran track and cross country at Furman University in South Carolina. Since college I’ve moved up in race distances, competing in half- and full marathons with finishes (and a few wins) in races across the United States and Europe. I’ve also had recent success in trail running with a number of top placements at USATF championships from 15K-50K. I draw upon my extensive experience—which includes more than a few personal mistakes—to provide support, devise plans, and troubleshoot problems with my athletes. I welcome working with people of all backgrounds, with particular interest in coaching athletes to their best results at distances from half-marathon to 50K.

Mario Fraioli I am the head coach at Ekiden and have helped runners reach their first finish lines, personal bests, Boston Marathon qualifying times, national championship wins, Olympic Trials appearances, international podiums, world championship teams, national records, and even the Olympic Games. I’ve been fortunate over the course of my own running career to train under some excellent coaches, whose influence has inspired me to help others achieve their goals. I am the former senior editor at Competitor magazine, creator of the morning shakeout email newsletter, and author of The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training. As an athlete, I was a cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in Massachusetts and have raced competitively from the mile to ultramarathon distances. It's the excitement of joining an athlete on the journey toward achieving their goals—and being there to celebrate the highs and help navigate the lows along the way—that energizes me as a coach.

Mario Fraioli

I am the head coach at Ekiden and have helped runners reach their first finish lines, personal bests, Boston Marathon qualifying times, national championship wins, Olympic Trials appearances, international podiums, world championship teams, national records, and even the Olympic Games. I’ve been fortunate over the course of my own running career to train under some excellent coaches, whose influence has inspired me to help others achieve their goals. I am the former senior editor at Competitor magazine, creator of the morning shakeout email newsletter, and author of The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training. As an athlete, I was a cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in Massachusetts and have raced competitively from the mile to ultramarathon distances. It's the excitement of joining an athlete on the journey toward achieving their goals—and being there to celebrate the highs and help navigate the lows along the way—that energizes me as a coach.

 
Mark Driscoll Running has been a part of my life for nearly 20 years and I've competed at the high school, college and post-collegiate levels. Those experiences gave me an appreciation for patience and balance in my running and in life. Coaching allows me to build communities, challenge myself, and share the benefits of running with others. A volunteer assistant position at a powerhouse high school program after college gave me an introduction to coaching. I was in the lucky position to learn from a coach in his 40th year. I saw the patience necessary to bring athletes along gradually and the importance of an athlete's "buy in" and belief in their coach. My goal with both my athletes is to create the conditions necessary to allow them to succeed by coaching on a very individual level.

Mark Driscoll

Running has been a part of my life for nearly 20 years and I've competed at the high school, college and post-collegiate levels. Those experiences gave me an appreciation for patience and balance in my running and in life. Coaching allows me to build communities, challenge myself, and share the benefits of running with others. A volunteer assistant position at a powerhouse high school program after college gave me an introduction to coaching. I was in the lucky position to learn from a coach in his 40th year. I saw the patience necessary to bring athletes along gradually and the importance of an athlete's "buy in" and belief in their coach. My goal with both my athletes is to create the conditions necessary to allow them to succeed by coaching on a very individual level.

Jake Stout I continue to love the freedom and fitness that running provides, but I've taken a more relaxed approach to the sport, and do my best to help other achieve their goals. I work as a physical therapist and coach high school cross country. I’ve also worked as a personal coach and trainer for Microsoft and spent a couple years researching biomechanics while serving as a graduate assistant at Boise State. I was a collegiate cross country and track all-american at Willamette University and earned Division III Male Athlete of the Year award for Outdoor Track in 2004. I've coached some athletes to their first 5K and others to national championships. I'm interested in coaching anyone who wants to improve from a fitness or competitive frame of mind.

Jake Stout

I continue to love the freedom and fitness that running provides, but I've taken a more relaxed approach to the sport, and do my best to help other achieve their goals. I work as a physical therapist and coach high school cross country. I’ve also worked as a personal coach and trainer for Microsoft and spent a couple years researching biomechanics while serving as a graduate assistant at Boise State. I was a collegiate cross country and track all-american at Willamette University and earned Division III Male Athlete of the Year award for Outdoor Track in 2004. I've coached some athletes to their first 5K and others to national championships. I'm interested in coaching anyone who wants to improve from a fitness or competitive frame of mind.

 
Craig Schmidt I work with athletes ranging from those hoping to finish their first 10K to others who are competitive and attempting to run personal bests in the marathon (or longer). My enjoyment comes from seeing people become successful through self realization and consistency. I work with my athletes individually to accomplish each specific goal in a way that helps the athlete learn about themselves. As an athlete, I have been running for almost two decades and ran cross country and track at Division I East Carolina University, where my degree was in Health Education and Promotion. I moved on to 1:1 health and wellness coaching upon graduation, and have extensive experience in marathon training and racing. In recent years, I have shifted my focus toward Mountain, Ultra and Trail after falling in love with Northern California trails and mountain running.

Craig Schmidt

I work with athletes ranging from those hoping to finish their first 10K to others who are competitive and attempting to run personal bests in the marathon (or longer). My enjoyment comes from seeing people become successful through self realization and consistency. I work with my athletes individually to accomplish each specific goal in a way that helps the athlete learn about themselves. As an athlete, I have been running for almost two decades and ran cross country and track at Division I East Carolina University, where my degree was in Health Education and Promotion. I moved on to 1:1 health and wellness coaching upon graduation, and have extensive experience in marathon training and racing. In recent years, I have shifted my focus toward Mountain, Ultra and Trail after falling in love with Northern California trails and mountain running.

 
 
 

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Yu H. I've coached athletes from aspiring high school runners who qualified for state champs to first-time triathletes attempting to complete their first Ironman. I'm a professional triathlete and have a huge passion for running and love sharing my knowledge and experiences. I truly believe I can help a wide range of athletes achieve their goals, realize their full potential and get to the top of their own personal podium.

Yu H.

I've coached athletes from aspiring high school runners who qualified for state champs to first-time triathletes attempting to complete their first Ironman. I'm a professional triathlete and have a huge passion for running and love sharing my knowledge and experiences. I truly believe I can help a wide range of athletes achieve their goals, realize their full potential and get to the top of their own personal podium.

Fiona M. I have experience coaching beginner runners all the way up to elites. I’m a word lover, traveler, and big fan of core strength and 400s. Triathlon is my new jam. I coach so I can connect with others about something I love.

Fiona M.

I have experience coaching beginner runners all the way up to elites. I’m a word lover, traveler, and big fan of core strength and 400s. Triathlon is my new jam. I coach so I can connect with others about something I love.

Brendon O. I am a fun-loving coach who loves helping athletes reach their goals. Whether the goal is weight loss, completing a 5K, or running a Boston qualifier, I get the same joy out of working with all my athletes. My biggest strength as a coach is my ability to adapt. It is important to have constant communication with your athlete to see if the training is suited for them and to help keep them motivated.

Brendon O.

I am a fun-loving coach who loves helping athletes reach their goals. Whether the goal is weight loss, completing a 5K, or running a Boston qualifier, I get the same joy out of working with all my athletes. My biggest strength as a coach is my ability to adapt. It is important to have constant communication with your athlete to see if the training is suited for them and to help keep them motivated.