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Jeff Galloway
Born (1945-07-12) July 12, 1945 (age 79)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materFlorida State University
Wesleyan University
Occupation(s)Olympian and CEO of Galloway Productions

Jeff Galloway (born July 12, 1945 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American Olympian and the author of Galloway's Book on Running.

A lifetime runner, Galloway was an All-American collegiate athlete and a 1972 US Olympic Team member in the 10,000 meters. He remains a competitive athlete, continuing through a successful masters running career. He is the chief executive officer of Galloway Productions, which conducts a broad range of training programs and events yearly; he also owns two running specialty stores. He has written several books on training and writes a monthly column for Runner's World magazine.

Education and collegiate career

In high school, at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, Galloway recorded bests of 4:28 in the mile and 9:48 in the two-mile; he became the state champion in the latter event.[1]

Running for Wesleyan University, he developed as a competitor, earning All-American honors in cross-country and track, clocking 4:12 in the mile, and noted times of 9:06 in the two-mile and 14:10 for three.[1] He was on the 1966 Wesleyan cross country team along with Amby Burfoot. Bill Rodgers joined the team as a freshman during this time.

In 1970, Galloway became the first winner of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia.

After three years in the United States Navy, Galloway attended graduate school at Florida State University (FSU), where he earned a master's degree in social studies and met his wife, Barbara, who competed for the FSU women's track team. While at FSU, he became a member of the Florida Track Club team, based at the University of Florida in Gainesville and led by Jack Bacheler and Frank Shorter.[2]

Olympian

Galloway and his Florida Track Club teammates, Shorter and Bacheler, made the 1972 U.S. Olympic team, Galloway in the 10K, Bacheler in the marathon, and Shorter in both events. The three spent two months in the mountains near Vail, Colorado, conditioning themselves for the Olympics. According to noted runner and journalist, Joe Henderson, Galloway "should have been an Olympic marathoner"[citation needed], but is sometimes said to have given up his shot at a spot in the longer event to help his friend, Bacheler, to make the 1972 team. On his official website, Galloway says, "my greatest thrill was pacing Jack through the marathon trial and then dropping back at the finish so that he could take the remaining spot on the marathon team."[3] Bacheler had narrowly missed out qualifying in the 10,000m trials a week earlier. Galloway was an alternate for the marathon.

Other running accolades

In 1973, Galloway set an American ten-mile road race record, posting a time of 47:49.[3] He was a U.S. National Track and Field team member in Europe, Russia, and Africa. In the mid-1970s, he altered his training program to emphasize more rest and less weekly mileage, coupled with a long run every other week — a model that has worked successfully for amateurs and first-time marathon runners since then. The strategy helped extend his competitive career, and at age 35, he ran the Houston-Tenneco Marathon in 2:16:35.[citation needed] Other marks included 27:21 for six miles and 28:29 for the ten-kilometer event.

Peachtree Road Race and race directing

Jeff Galloway in 2011

For many years, Galloway has been a key organizer of the Peachtree Road Race, one of the premier 10 kilometer road race events in the United States. Galloway helped the race achieve status as a marquee event by bringing together world-class fields which, in 1977, included Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Don Kardong, and Lasse Virén. This brought international recognition to the race, while entries escalated from 1,200 to 12,000 participants by 1980.[4]

In 1978, Galloway co-founded the Avon International Women's Marathon, helping to bring the advent of the women's Olympic marathon. He is also co-director of the Manufacturers Hanover Corporate Challenge.

Collateral endeavors

In 1973, Galloway founded Phidippides, which developed into a nationwide franchise network of 35 running stores. The chain has dwindled, and as of 2006, Galloway owns only two Phidippides stores in the Atlanta area.[5]

In 1975, Galloway ventured into the vacation fitness camp business, and as of 2006, there are three in operation each summer in Colorado, British Columbia, and Squaw Valley, California. Coaches and lecturers have included Runner's World founder, Bob Anderson, Covert Bailey, Joe Henderson, Harry Hlavac, DPM, MEd, Joan Ullyot, MD and the late New Zealand Olympic track coach, Arthur Lydiard. In addition to vacation fitness camps, Galloway Productions conducts fitness seminars and marathon training groups across the United States. Runners and coaches around the globe have used his unique training approach.

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1974 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st 2:23:02

Books

See also

References

  1. ^ a b About the Author Archived 2006-03-16 at the Wayback Machine Excerpted from Galloway's Book on Running
  2. ^ Meyer, John (28 October 2011). "The Resurrection of the Florida Track Club". Runner's World. Rodale. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Who is Jeff Galloway". Archived from the original on 2001-08-01. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  4. ^ History of Peachtree Road Race Archived 2008-01-01 at the Wayback Machine Accessed September 26, 2006
  5. ^ bio Archived 2001-08-01 at the Wayback Machine Accessed September 26, 2006

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