Rich Airey is a Running and Strength coach hailing from the Point Pleasant NJ. He got his start as a runner at the age of 5, running his first 5 mile race. Growing up at the Jersey Shore running and wrestling Rich earned All-County and All-Conference honors in 3 sports. As a Junior College All-American he earned a scholarship to Monmouth University where he was the school record holder at 10,000 meters and the Northeast Conference Steeplechase Champion. Since graduation Rich continued to compete in races of all distances from 1 mile to 100 mile Ultra Marathons, most recently finishing 7th at the 2014 Leadville 100 Trail Run.
Since 1998 Rich has been coaching runners of all levels. He has coached and worked with several 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 USAW Level 1 Coach and CrossFit Level 1 Coach and has coached at several gyms around the Country. 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.com to further help runners understand the benefits of strength & conditioning training to enhance endurance performance. RunningWOD balances volume and intensity, strategically planning running and strength & conditioning training together to allow athletes reach their full potential.
2014 Leadville 100 Trail Run 7th, 19:27:15
2014 Silver Rush 50 3rd, 7:45
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