Top Running Coaches To Speak In California

Coach Joe Vigil, right, coached Deena Kastor to international success. Photo:

Dr. Joe Vigil and Dr. Jack Daniels headline The Running Summit.

Two of the top running coaches in U.S. history, Dr. Jack Daniels and Dr. Joe Vigil, will headline The Running Summit in Costa Mesa, Calif., on February 23-24. The gathering, which will also feature talks from nutrition expert and prolific author Matt Fitzgerald, internationally renowned coach Peter Thompson and noted biomechanist and physical therapist Jay Dicharry.

Daniels has coached for more than 35 years, in the process leading his runners to eight NCAA team titles and 30 individual championships. In addition, more than 130 of his collegiate runners have been All-Americans. As a result, Daniels has been honored as the NCAA Division III Women’s Coach of the Century and been named NCAA National Coach of the Year three times. He has also advised many top professionals, and authored the best-selling book, Daniels Running Formula.

Vigil is most recently known for coaching Deena Kastor to an Olympic bronze medal in the marathon at the 2004 Games in Athens. Kastor, along with the late Pat Porter, were multiple time national cross-country champions under Vigil’s direction. Vigil coached at Adams State College for nearly 30 years, winning 19 national team championships and producing 87 individual champions and 425 All-Americans.

In addition to Daniels and Vigil, other instructors include Matt Fitzgerald, author of Brain Training for Runners, racing Weight and numerous other endurance sports titles. Thompson, who has competed and coached for more than 50 years, has trained athletes who have competed in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the IAAF world championships. Dicharry is an internationally known biomechanics expert, the director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia and is the author of Anatomy for Runners.

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