Rich Airey is an Ultra Marathoner living in Leadville, CO. In 2014 Rich finished 7th at the Leadville 100 mile run finishing 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.
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
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
Let me start by saying that working with Rich Airey was an absolute pleasure. He is thoughtful, thorough, and sincerely focused on helping you accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.
Approaching him with little to no running background and then completing the Leadville 100 Trail Run five months later is a powerful testament to his training knowledge and his commitment to his clients.
His training platforms are structured, well balanced, and yet seem to mesh well with a busy lifestyle. If you’re looking to push yourself in a disciplined and healthy way, I strongly recommend working with him!
- Clark O.
I just wanted to write you and say thanks for the seminar on Sunday. I had a lot of fun and I learned a good deal. I definitely picked up
some things to help me improve my own running. I was also able to
learn as a coach and your seminar helped me add some new tools to my
arsenal. I now feel more able to help the athletes I coach with their
running. I will begin to apply some of the drills we worked on to our
class warmup and I am confident it will be a positive addition.
All the best,
It was great to meet you - I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Although it was a lot of information to digest, I learned more about the mechanics of running in one day than I have in the previous 30 years.
Nick Del Vecchio
I am a big RunningWod fan and StopMe Project fan. I have followed your racing techniques/advice to help me run better. I can truly say you have had a huge impact on my running career. We met years ago at RunningWorks. Those five days changed me from a recreational runner to a addict to a maniac to a D1 prospect. I don't know if you have read Ayn Rand, but she once said "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Which I really believe in. That's one reason I am such a fan. Since RunningWorks I have run on 3 different continents, 10 different countries, and completed my first Marathon. Placed second at the Rehoboth Half Marathon, and won several 5k’s and 8k’s.
All in all, I wanted to yet again thank you for all your hard work and dedication. You really show people that its not about where you are coming from but where you want to go and if you really want it you will go get it.
Richard Airey and RunningWod coaching has truly taken me to the next level, faster than I believed possible. Through fundamental and technical training my running has become exponentially faster and efficient. Coupled with focused strength training to compliment and enhance my running I have become stronger as well, which helps me maintain form and endurance. In the past year I have shaved off nearly 45 minutes off of my marathon time with a PR of 2:58 gaining me a qualifying spot in Boston 2014! Thanks RunningWod!
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your coaching over these last 4 months or so.
I have tried to crack 3 hours in the marathon 7 times over the last 6 years, each time with the old fashioned high mileage plan and each time with poor results. Inevitably the mileage wore me down, left me injured and I never had a proper pacing plan for race day.
In November I found Crossfit and was introduced to your Strength program. You immediately changed my way of looking at training. Your workouts were short, they were precise, they were fast and they worked. My 5k time dropped by a minute, my 10k time by two. But in January I lined up at the Carlsbad Half Marathon and knocked 6 minutes off my time! Again, never running more than 14 miles in a training session and never having a run on the schedule that didn't have purpose. Some of my best workouts were 200 meter repeats or one hour time trials. I never would have that those types of workouts could lead to success.
Meanwhile I was diligent about my Strength workouts 2-3 days per week and I not only got stronger, but faster and I even dropped weight.
So yesterday when I lined up at the start line of the LA Marathon I didn't know what to expect but I knew I was well coached, well prepared and fit as can be. And thanks to your coaching, your support, my strength and a really detailed pacing strategy, I was the last runner of the LA Marathon to cross the line in under 3 hours! 2:59:42 - 18 seconds has never felt so sweet.
Couldn't have done it without you - thanks for everything!