Rich Airey is a running and strength coach hailing from the Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Rich got his start as a runner at the age of five, running his first five-mile race. As a junior college All-American, Rich earned a scholarship to Monmouth University, where he was the school record holder in the 10,000m and the Northeast Conference Steeplechase Champion. Upon graduation Rich continued to compete in races of all distances from one mile to 24-hour ultra marathons.
Since 1998 Rich has been coaching runners of all levels. He has coached and worked with over thirty high school All-Americans, NCAA qualifiers, and Olympic Trials qualifiers. As a running coach Rich has always incorporated strength training with his athletes.
Rich is a CrossFit Level 1 coach and has coached at several gyms around the United States. Rich is also a USAW Level 1 Coach. In addition, Rich travels the country teaching running seminars, lecturing on mechanics and the importance of strength training for healthy running and longevity.
In 2011, he created RunningWOD to further help runners understand the benefits of strength and conditioning training to enhance endurance performance. RunningWOD balances volume and intensity, strategically programming running with strength and conditioning to allow athletes reach their full potential.