ultrarunning coach John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald

I’ve always been drawn to challenge. I started my endurance background as a wrestler while growing up in Massachusetts. Wrestling was tough, but it was the conditioning (running in particular) that I enjoyed the most in the sport. I quickly got hooked  and did my first trail race, the Muddy Moose 14 miler in New Hampshire in Spring 2006.

Shortly after, I moved to Missoula, MT, to attend The University of Montana and immerse myself in the outdoors. I earned a B.S. in Exercise Science while racing on the triathlon and cycling teams. While living in Montana, I took advantage of the endless single track and started training for my first ultra, the Tahoe Rim Trail 50 mile. The training was challenging but the simplicity of running and the ability to explore wild places has made running a huge part of my life. Since 2011 I have raced in over 34 ultra marathons including eight 100 mile events.

I continue to race ultras across the country and encourage others to explore the amazing capabilities of the human body!


Fort Collins, CO

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B.A. Exercise Science, The University of Montana. USA Cycling Level 1