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.
2013 Mountains to Beach Marathon 22nd OA - Boston Qualifier
2013 San Diego Trail Marathon - 3rd OA
2012 Quadruple Dipsea- 3rd OA
2012 Lake Hodge 50k - 2nd OA
2012 Noble Canyon 50k - 4th OA
2012 San Francisco Marathon - 142nd OA - Boston Qualifier
2012 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon - 142nd OA - Boston Qualifier
2012 New Jersey Marathon - 59th OA - Boston Qualifier
2011 Quadruple Dipsea - 19th OA
2011 Noble Canyon 50k - 9th OA
2011 20in24 29th place - 84 miles
2011 Goofy Race and 1/2 Challenge - Half Marathon 31st/Marathon 116th OA
2010 Atlantic City Marathon - 10th OA
2010 New Jersey Marathon - 5th OA, first NJ finisher
2010 Disney Marathon - 64th OA
1500m - 4:05
3000m - 8:47
3000m SteepleChase 9:23.85
5000m - 15:05.84
5k Road - 15:45
10000m - 31:13.97
10k road 31:33
1/2 Marathon - 1:14.46
Marathon - 2:51.11