Rich Airey is a three time top 20 finisher at the Leadville 100 Trail Run. In 2018 he finished 16th in 20:44:37, 2017, 14th in 21:08:22 and in 2014 Rich was 7th in 19:27:15, his first attempt at the distance.
When he was 5 the only thing Rich wanted was a fish tank, due to allergies and asthma there was to be no fish tank at 1512 Jackson Street. Until the local Point Pleasant Rotary 5 mile race, the prize for 10 and under... You guessed it a fish tank. Long story short Rich came home with a fish tank and a running career was born.
In high school Rich earned all county, conference and state accolades in cross country, wrestling and track & field, running 4:28 and 9:41 for the 1600m and 3200m respectively. After a year at Springfield College and one at Ocean County Community College with a runner-up finish at the JUCO national cross country championships Rich earned a scholarship to Monmouth University.
During his time at Monmouth University under the tutelage of Joe Compagani, Rich earned all conference honors in several events including the 1998 steeple chase championship at the Northeast Conference. In addition to All-East honors in cross country, Rich qualified for the IC4A's in the DMR and the 10,000m holding the school record in the later for several years.
Upon graduation Rich moved into the coaching ranks. Starting at the high school level Rich's athletes received notoriety at the local, state and national level. While coaching at the high school level Rich coach over 30 high school All-Americans at several individual distances and team relays.
Like many, Rich was bitten by the Crossfit bug early in its inception and saw it's potential benefits for running. By 2010, Rich had moved to California to work with CrossFit Endurance teaching their two day seminar. It was during this time that Rich began running ultra marathons.
It was in 2011 at the 20 in 24 that Rich took the low mileage, more strength & conditioning approach in his preparation. Although a solid run of 84.5 miles he failed to complete the entire 24 hours. Shortly after Rich created RunningWOD to share his approach to training and racing.
RunningWOD is an amalgamation of three decades of training and competition. An approach to running with enjoyment and longevity being priority number one. Through nutrition, balance, stability, strength, intensity and volume come results.
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2018 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - 14th OA, 2nd Master, 2:58:57
2018 Run Through Time Marathon - 18th, 4:01:24
2017 Leadville 100 Trail Run - 14th, 21h:08
2017 Lake McMurtry 50k 2nd, 4:35
2017 Snake Run - 6 hours - 36.25 miles 3rd
2017 Post Oak Challenge Trail Marathon 2nd, 3:43:38
2017 Ouchita Switchbacks 25k, 1st
2015 LEADVILLE TRAIL MARATHON 7TH, 4:09:46
2015 OKLAHOMA CITY MEMORIAL MARATHON 13TH, 2:48:49
2014 LEADVILLE 100 TRAIL RUN 7TH, 19:27:15
2014 SILVER RUSH 50 3RD, 7:45
2014 Boston Marathon 1535th, 2:55:17
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