For Distance Runners and Coaches of All Levels, Ages and Abilities
The Running Summit returns to New Jersey as Running Summit East, August 17-18 at the Morristown Medical Center in Morristown. This event follows in the foot steps of highly regarded and well attended Running Summits in New Jersey (August 2012) and California (February 2013). The event will bring together five top coaches and authors in the sport to share their expertise: Joe Vigil, Vern Gambetta. Peter Thompson, Matt Fitzgerald, and Sage Rountree. The Running Summit will feature two lectures by each presenter as well as a Q & A Roundtable. Participants may also choose to eat lunch and/or dinner with the individual presenters. Find our more about this limited seating opportunity by clicking here.
Dr. Joe Vigil will present on athletic success from childhood to champion and training for the middle distances. Coach Vigil was instrumental in the success of the United States' most recent Olympic Marathon Medalists: Deena Kastor (Bronze - Athens 2004) and Meb Keflezighi (Silver 2004). In Cross Country he coached two athletes who each won 8 senior cross country titles -- Kastor and Pat Porter. As a collegiate coach, Vigil was head coach at Adams State College for nearly 30 years. While at Adams State Vigil led a program that won 19 NAIA Team Championships and produced 87 individual champions and 425 All-Americans. His 1992 team cross country team won with a perfect score of 15 points, the only perfect score ever achieved in a collegiate national championship. Vigil was named National Coach of the Year on 14 different occasions.
Vern Gambetta will present on improving running mechanics and effective strength training for middle distance and distance running. Coach Gambetta is currently is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He is considered the father of "Functional Sports Training." Vern's coaching experience spans 44 years at all levels of competition in a variety of sports. He has authored over 100 articles and nine books on various aspects of training.
Peter Thompson will present on reactive strength and how to design more effective sessions with the New Interval Training. Coach 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 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Track & Field World Championships.
Matt Fitzgerald will present on performance weight management and brain training. Coach Fitzgerald is one of the world's most acclaimed endurance sports writers. His numerous awards include the 2011 MIN Award for best opinion/commentary. Most recently, his book Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run was shortlisted for the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Matt's previous books include Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, Triathlete Magazine's Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide, Performance Nutrition for Runners, and RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. Also a prolific magazine writer, Matt has contributed to Bicycling, Competitor, Men's Journal, Outside, Runner's World, Running Times, Triathlete, VeloNews, Women's Running, and numerous other national publications.
Sage Rountree, PhD, will present on recovery, as well as yoga, strength, and flexibility. As an added bonus Coach Rountree will offer an optional yoga class (at no additional charge) Sunday, August 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 AM at the host hotel the Morristown Inn. Rountree is an internationally recognized authority in yoga for athletes and an endurance sports coach with certifications from USA Triathlon and RRCA. She is author of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga (VeloPress, 2008), The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga (VeloPress, 2009), The Athlete's Guide to Recovery (VeloPress, 2011); and The Runner's Guide to Yoga (VeloPress, 2012); creator of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga DVD (Endurance Films, 2008); and a contributor to Runner's World, Yoga Journal, and USA Triathlon Life.