Running coach Jay Stephenson, who recently competed in the 2017 Boston Marathon and has been coaching runners of all ages and abilities for over 14 years has joined the staff of the American Distance Project, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Scott Simmons that strives to develop American runners. Coach Jay will fulfill a needed gap for the American Distance Project by coaching non-professional and community athletes all over the country.

“I look forward to helping runners around the nation run to their best potential possible whether it be for their next race, their first race or for a personal best,” Stephenson said about helping bring top coaching and training principles to everyone.

“Scott Simmons coached me back in 2005 and I believe in his training principles,” said Stephenson, “It wasn’t until I trained with a progressive approach that I saw my potential and ran 29:43 for 10k at the US Road Championship in 2005.” “I am confident that connecting the non-professional runner with professional coaching is the best approach to their success.”

As a member of the American Distance Project staff, Stephenson will work with runners of all ages and all levels, providing personalized training and individual nutrition plans through his website Runners also receive a free coaching DVD where Coach Jay covers every important topic in his 90 minute DVD

Coach Jay checked off another running milestone in an already impressive career last week when, in his first appearance in the Boston Marathon, the 35-year-old finished in the top 600 in the 30,000-runner field. He earned an automatic qualifying spot in Boston by winning the Last Chance Marathon in Grand Rapids, Mich., earlier this year.

The founder of GoGoRunning and the co-owner with Powell Fulton of GoGo at The Shoe Box, Coach Jay was a three-time All-American at Berry College before graduating in 2003, and was the 2004 USATF Club Steeplechase National Champion. He has PR’s of 3:54 for 1500m, 14:18 for 5k, 29:43 for 10k, 8:53 for 3000mSC, 1:09:23 for the Half Marathon, and 2:48 for the Marathon (currently working on lowering this one).

Coach Jay has coached runners at all levels, including:

  • Coached over 300 people to success and PR’s
  • Saori Araki to running first 5k and 10k ever
  • Judith Tutin to first 5k
  • Charis Morgan to first 800m, Mile, 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon
  • John Berry Bowling from 2:02 to 1:59 in HS 800m
  • Scott Gray ran first Marathon
  • Molly Vicchrilli completed first Ragnar Relay
  • Diedra White Multiple PR’s in the Marathon at Savannah and Augusta Marathons
  • Steve Cordle Ran first Marathon in Grand Masters Category
  • Daniel Seo Multiple time Boston Qualifier
  • Jared Carson 2017 3rd Place Austin Marathon 2:35
  • 13 year old Sam Tullis – 5:03 mile
  • Paul Chelimo: Responsible for recruiting him and bringing him to the US where he would eventually earn Silver — 2016 Olympic 5,000-meter silver medalist
  • Justyna Mudy-Mader: A 5-time National Champion in the NAIA, 2-time Elite qualifier to the Boston Marathon, and a 2-time winner of the Rocket City Marathon.
  • Oscar Ogwaro: 1:04 Half Marathon and Qualifer in the 2012 US Olympic Trials Marathon


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