“Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.”

– William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

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Jason Karp is not one of those people who took a circuitous or alternate path to a career. He knew upon entering high school what he wanted to do. Like many athletes, he had his own Olympic dreams. It’s hard not to imagine, from time to time, winning a gold medal. That happens when you get the opportunity to race Carl Lewis when you’re 16. From running 100 meters faster than anyone else to entering the Olympic stadium after running for 26 miles, alone except for the thousands of screaming spectators, he has experienced it all. But then the eyes open, and the mind hesitantly accepts that the extraordinary talent needed to achieve such lofty dreams is not part of the DNA of these legs. The passion for the sport, for achieving excellence at the highest level, in sport and in life, will have to be directed elsewhere, in parts of a life that can be controlled. RunCoachJason.com is the product of this passion.

The perennial student, Jason is currently a Ph.D. candidate in exercise physiology (with a minor in physiology) at Indiana University and is working on his dissertation at the University of New Mexico. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science with a minor in English from Penn State University in 1995, and his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1997.

Having coached high school and college cross country and track and field for a few years, he founded RunCoachJason.com in 2003 so he could work with athletes all over the world.

As a professional running coach, he has helped many runners meet their potential, whether it has been to run their first road race or qualify for the Olympic Trials. As a freelance writer, he strives to integrate science with application, to educate coaches, fitness professionals, and athletes about training. His writing has appeared in numerous international coaching and fitness magazines.

A competitive distance runner himself, Jason is certified as a track and field coach by USA Track & Field and has held memberships in the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, American Society of Biomechanics, and United States Track Coaches Association. He has presented his research at the national conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.

For more detailed information about his background, click on the link to his résumé.