My friend John Stanton, and his store Running Room, have been primary forces in North America, promoting running and fitness.
Jeff Galloway was an average teen age runner who kept learning and working harder, until he became an Olympian *Author of the best-selling running book in North America and Runner's World columnist *Inspirational speaker to over 200 running and fitness sessions each year .*Designer of the walk-run, low mileage marathon training program-with an over 98% success rate Jeff Galloway spends the time necessary to answer the questions of thousands of beginners, recreational runners, aspiring marathoners and time goal runners-every year. His innovative ideas have opened up the possibility of running and completing a marathon to almost everyone. Philosophically, Jeff believes that we were all designed to run and walk, and he keeps finding ways to bring more people into the positive world of exercise.
A very average teen runner: "I can identify with the struggles of sedentary, overweight adults and kids, for I was one. Because my school required sport participation every quarter, as an 8th grader, I enrolled in a track conditioning program. Two months of running forest trails produced a young runner addicted to the positive well being that comes after a run, the camaraderie, fun, and mutual respect which I've since learned that distance runners share everywhere, at any age."
But Galloway was far from an instant success. It wasn't until his senior year, after more than four years of running, that Jeff even qualified for the State High School Championships (in Georgia). By coincidence, Jeff attended a small liberal arts school, Wesleyan University, at the same time as Amby Burfoot (now editor in chief of Runners World) and Bill Rodgers (later, multi winner of NYC and Boston Marathons).
Over 116 marathons: "My first marathon was an accident. Arriving home from my freshman year at Christmas break, I enrolled in the first annual Atlanta Marathon because of the size of the trophy. I made a lot of mistakes in training and hit a big bad wall at 19 miles. Since there were only four others left in the race at that point, and I was leading, I struggled in to win-but it took two years before I could think of running another marathon. I currently run about 60 slow, endorphin-filled miles a week, and 3-4 marathons a year. I've not found any experience which bestows the high level of satisfaction, accomplishment and self-respect as one receives from finishing a marathon--at any speed."
Jeff's quest for the injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978, and to author Runner's World articles which have been used by hundreds of thousands of runners of all abilities. His training schedules have inspired the second wave of marathoners who follow the Galloway run-walk, low mileage, three-day, suggestions to an over 98% success rate.
Taking a break in the 60's: "I chose to spend the late 60's in an all expense paid cruise courtesy of the US Navy, where I learned how very addicted I was. Imagine what the sailors on my ship thought when the only thing I was driven to do after 2-3 weeks at sea was to run.
"Upon returning from the Pacific, Jeff spent the first eight months of 1970 Jeff spent the first eight months of 1970 back in his home town of Atlanta as PE coach at his father's new school, The Galloway School. In the afternoons, he coached distance runners at Georgia Tech and that summer won the first annual Peachtree Road Race. On to the Olympics: "In the fall of 1970 I enrolled in graduate school at Florida State University with two missions: to get a masters degree and to qualify for the Olympic Trials. My friends on the Florida Track Club, Frank Shorter and Jack Bacheler, talked me into joining them for high altitude training at Vail for two months prior to the 1972 Olympic trials. Qualifying for the Olympic team was fulfilling beyond words, but my greatest thrill was pacing Jack through the marathon trial and then dropping back at the finish so that he could take the remaining spot on the marathon team." Jeff qualified for the 1972 Olympics in the 10,000 meters and as an alternate for the marathon. Running Business: Jeff's first business experience, in 1973, was a store for runners called Phidippides.
Knowledgeable staff members continue to help customers with their exercise programs and are trained to match up shoes with the function and shape of the feet of each person. They stay on top of the ever-changing market, the different factories used, how the shoes actually work, and the many little devices which may reduce injury-or are pure advertising hype. He still owns two Phidippides stores in Atlanta.
Jeff now supervises Galloway Productions, which conducts dozens of fitness seminars throughout North America, fitness vacations to Greece and Lake Tahoe, and training groups in 40-50 cities a year. As a race director. Jeff helped to organize the Peachtree Road Race as it grew from 1200 to 12,000 in three years. He organized the first Avon Marathon for women which contributed greatly to the inclusion of the marathon in the Olympics. His main Atlanta event, today, is the Promina Corporate Challenge, which enters more than 20,000 each year.
"This past year, my 42nd year of running, was the best of my life. It is my mission in each of my talks to help others avoid the aches and pains, while experiencing all of accomplishment and attitude enhancement which running bestows better than anything in life."