Famed Marathon Coach Succumbs To Lung Cancer

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 24, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM UTC

Coach Mike at the finish line of last year's Western States 100-mile ultra marathon. Photo:Washington Post

“Coach Mike” always seemed to find the time to help a runner, regardless of ability.

Marathon coach Mike Broderick was a living legend among many Washington D.C.-area runners. According to Washington Post staff writer Lenny Bernstein, the 53-year-old Broderick “seemed to know everyone in the running, coaching and physical training communities, and everyone seemed to know him.”

On November 4, Broderick passed away, the victim of an aggressive form of lung cancer, a disease he had just discovered weeks before.

Besides coaching, Broderick was a well-known runner. Last June, he completed the Western States 100-mile ultra marathon, earning the prized belt buckle.

“Coach Mike” started out as a lawyer, but decided his true calling was running and coaching runners of all abilities. “Mike threw himself at running with the same passion he turned on everything, from the Grateful Dead to night scuba diving, until his knowledge was so vast that he was in demand at coach certification sessions across the country,” recalls Bernstein. “He knew you could reach your goal, however outlandish it might seem, even if you didn’t know it yourself.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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