Who is Jeff Galloway?
• A world-class athlete. As a member of the 1972 Olympic
team, Jeff competed against the world’s best athletes in Europe,
Africa, and the former Soviet Union. He broke the U.S. 10-mile record
in 1973 and has a six-mile best of 27:21. Among his victories are
the Peachtree Road Race, Honolulu Marathon, Atlanta Marathon and
top place finisher in many prominent U.S. races such as the Boston
• Founder of the Galloway Marathon Training Program.
• Coach to over 200,000 runners and walkers.
• Author of North America’s best selling running book:
Galloway’s Book on Running. See “Publications”
section for a complete listing of his published works.
• Monthly columnist for Runner’s World magazine.
• Motivational speaker giving over 200 talks per year across
• Experienced race director having conducted over 500 fitness
events, including the annual Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk
in Atlanta, Ga.
• A consultant to dozens of races of all sizes including the
Crescent City Classic, Midland Run, Grand Bahama 5000, Chicago Marathon,
Vancouver International Marathon and Portland Marathon.
• Race Director for the National Marathon to Fight Breast
Cancer, the only marathon dedicated solely to raising funds for
breast cancer research.
• Owner of Phidippides Running Stores, one of the first running
specialty stores in the US, since 1974.
• Galloway Marathon Training Groups – Training group
offerings include programs for “Getting Started” and
completing a half- or full-marathon.
• Fundraising for Causes – The Galloway program welcomes,
but does not require fundraising for a broad base of community and
national charities including the AIDS Foundation, Joints in Motion
(Arthritis Foundation), and breast cancer research through the National
Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer.
• Breast Cancer Marathon – Jeff Serves as event director
for this exciting event due to kick-off in Jacksonville, Fla. in
Feb. 2008. One-hundred percent of the race entry fee goes to breast
cancer research and care for underserved breast cancer patients.
• Corporate Health Promotion and Team Building Seminars –
Jeff conducts wellness seminars and team building sessions for corporations
across the country in an effort to help motivate their workforces
to commit to being fit.
• Running Store and Fitness Vacations – Jeff founded
and owns Phidippides, the pioneer running-fitness promotion store
in North America. Through his company, Galloway Productions, Jeff
produces fitness vacations, beach retreats, events and health promotion
• Athens Marathon - Jeff serves as the training coach for
this annual event covering the route from Marathon to Athens, Greece.
• Co-founder and director of the inaugural edition of the
Avon International Women’s Marathon in Atlanta, Ga. This race
was designed to promote the cause of a Women’s Olympic Marathon,
which reached a successful conclusion in the 1984 Olympics.
• Served on the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. As
a member of the Medical and Health Committee, Jeff designed a heritage
program for local schools, which brought Olympic caliber excitement
to daily fitness, learning, and fun.
• Conducted corporate clinics for NASA astronauts, Vice-president
Al Gore, the White House Athletic Club, Homeland Security Physical
Trainers, Tenneco, Microsoft, Petro Canada, and many other major
North American Corporations.
• Developed Galloway Training Program software through PC
Coach in Mar. 1998.
• Launched Podfitness in 2007 via ipod technology featuring
daily coaching sessions from Jeff.
• Galloway’s Book on Running (1984) - the best-selling
running book in North America.
• Marathon! (1996) - state-of-the-art marathon book.
• Return of the Tribes to Peachtree Street (1995).
• Jeff Galloway’s Training Journal (1998) - “a
log book with a mission”.
• Marathon You Can Do It (2002).
• Galloway’s Book on Running, 2ND ed. (2002).
• Running – Getting Started (2005).
• Running – Testing Yourself (2005).
• Running – A Year-Round Plan (2006).
• Walking – The Complete Book (2006).
• Fit Kids – Smarter Kids (2006).
• Running Until You’re 100 (2006).
• Half Marathon – You Can Do It (2006).
• Galloway Training Programs (2007)
• Women’s Complete Guide to Running (2007 with Barbara
• Women’s Complete Guide to Walking (2007 with Barbara
• Galloways 5K/10K Running (2008)
• Running and Fat Burning for Women (2008 with Barbara Galloway).
• Monthly column in Runner’s World Magazine.
AWARDS AND HONORS
• Named to the Hall of Fame for the Road Runners Club of America
and The Westminster School.
• Listed as one of 18 Runner’s World Experts in the
magazine’s 40th anniversary edition.
• Recipient of the Wellstone’s Dallas White Rock Marathon
2006 Victory Award.
• Named to the Association of Independent Sports Stores Hall
• Nike Walk of Fame Member (Bronze Bust at Nike Headquarters)
High School: Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Ga. Won Georgia State
College: Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. College Division
All-American. Teammates were Amby Burfoot and Bill Rodgers.
Graduate School: Florida State University, M.S. in Social Studies.
Founding member of the Florida Track Club with Jack Bacheler and
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
Over 120 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
Upon returning from the Pacific, 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
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.
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
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 Kaiser
Permanente Corporate Run/Walk, which enters more than 20,000
"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."
"Jeff Galloway is perhaps the one individual in the American running
community who can combine a superior knowledge of our sport with
the highest level of achievement - making the Olympic team." Bill
Rodgers, 4-time winner of the Boston Marathon
" Certainly Jeff Galloway has both the knowledge and the physical
ability to speak from experience. His book is an outstanding contribution
to competitive running." Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D. Author of Aerobics
"Jeff Galloway is one of those rare individuals who not only knows
his craft, but also has the ability to convey this knowledge through
teaching." Frank Shorter 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion
"Jeff Galloway is one of the most experienced, thoughtful, and
innovative distance runners in American today. His book now allows
all runners to benefit from his ideas and to improve their running
with field-tested methods. I recommend it highly." Joan L. Ullyot,
M.D. Author of Running Free
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