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runcoach Raises Bar for Online Training with Patented Technology PDF Print E-mail

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Tina Wilmott
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San Mateo, Calif. – July 17, 2012 – runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training for runners of all levels, announced issuance of patent US# 8,202,202 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Web Enabled Aerobic Training Methodology. The runcoach workout engine and technology uses an algorithm based on personal inputs to create highly personalized online training regimens for runners based on fitness level, schedule preferences, running background and much more.

“Thousands of runners have achieved their race goals using runcoach’s patented online training engine,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach. “We are proud to have created a one-of-a-kind coaching service that is equally beneficial for beginner runners looking to finish a race and competitive runners attempting a new PR.”

runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans, runcoach is the only online training engine specifically based on aerobic training methodologies for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan and adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more.  On average, runners training with runcoach for 12 weeks or longer, see a seven percent improvement in their race finish time compared to prior races.

Steve Curtis, 42, of Millburn, NJ successfully used the runcoach training service to qualify for his first Boston Marathon after several missed attempts at the mark.  “I cut 26 minutes from my previous time, or just about 1 minute per mile.  For me it was the logical progression and variance of intensity with volume that made the difference.  I have tried other coaching programs and runcoach is by far the best.” said Curtis after completing the Surf City USA Marathon in February.

Currently, more than 30 race organizations, including the Wipro San Francisco Marathon, the Army Ten-Miler, Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon have named runcoach their Official Online Training Program.

Since partnering with runcoach in 2010, nearly 2,000 Zazzle Bay to Breakers runners have use the system to prepare for the  race.  “As a runner myself, I wanted to provide our participants the most personalized and effective online service available,” said Angela Fang, Race Director, Zazzle Bay to Breakers. “runcoach has set the bar higher for online coaching and the USPTO further validates the technology with this patent issuance.”

The patent for runcoach’s aerobic training methodology represents a breakthrough for the industry overall.  While a variety of documented technologies exist for footwear, apparel and tracking devices, runcoach’s patent harnesses the power of web based delivery and tracking with raw compute output to create and adjust personal training plans in real-time.

“The running industry is driven not only by people who have a passion for the sport,  but also by the many companies that support runners through their products and services,” said Susan Weeks, CEO of Running USA. “We congratulate runcoach on its newly awarded patent for its online training engine, and celebrate those organizations breaking ground in the running industry.”

About runcoach

We help people run more!  Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded runcoach in 2002.  In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology.  The resulting product offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information about runcoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.

 
runcoach Reveals Training Habits of Marathon and Half Marathon Runners PDF Print E-mail

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Tina Wilmott
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 runcoach Reveals Training Habits of Marathon and Half Marathon Runners

  • Women twice as likely to use a training plan to prepare for a half marathon than men
  • Women who utilized training plans realized a more significant time improvement than men

San Mateo, Calif. – June 20, 2012 – Each summer, tens of thousands of competitive and recreational runners take part in road races around the country.runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training for runners of all levels, today announced the results of a new gender comparison study of runners training for the marathon and half marathon.

According to industry organization Running USA, women’s running is at a record high with more than 7 million females finishing U.S. road races with 950,000 female finishers in the half-marathon last year. runcoach’s study supports those numbers and further reveals that female runners are also more committed to preparing for races and are seeing better race results from their training than their male counterparts.

runcoach conducted a study of 706 runners training for the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon using runcoach, the official online training service for the event.  A summary of findings includes:

  • Women rule the half marathon distance in registration and training. Women made up more than 55% of Aramco Houston Half Marathon registrants.  Of those who signed up for online training plans, 70% were women.
  • Women who utilized training plans realized a more significant time improvement than men. Overall, women beat their estimated runcoach finish time* by 6.02% compared to 3.61% for men.  The trend was similar for both races as women improved 5.4% and 6.6% in the marathon and half marathon respectively, while men saw improvements of 3.2% and 4.6% for the same distances.
  • They train and race for different reasons. When asked their purpose for using a training plan to train for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon , women were twice as likely as men to describe their own goal as “finishing” versus “racing for time.” 
  • Male marathoners don’t rely on training plans as much as female. Although over 62% of those who registered for the Chevron Houston Marathon were male, over half of those who signed up for the runcoach training service were female.
  • Age makes a difference when it comes to training for the half marathon. The most popular age range of men who signed up for half marathon online training plans was the 50-54 years versus 30-34 years for women. Interestingly, no men over the age of 50 years used the training plan to prepare for the marathon distance. The most popular age range for both men and women who signed up for marathon online training plans was 40-44 years.

“Our pilot study of runcoach data confirms my personal observation that female runners are more analytical and structured in their approach to the sport,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach and personal coach of four US Women Olympic Trials Qualifiers in 2012. “Women are the ultimate multi-taskers and through training plans and dedicated execution are able to be efficient and effective balancing careers, family and fitness.”

Following the success of its 2012 partnership, runcoach will again be the Official Online Training program of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon for 2013.

runcoach has been an excellent partner and we were excited to see how the training data correlates to male/female ratio of runners who participated in this year’s Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon,” said Steven Karpas, Managing Director, Business Development & Marketing of the Houston Marathon Committee. “runcoach’s online training service is an excellent guide to prepare participants for our popular events.”

With its patent-pending algorithm, runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points including fitness level, event distance, schedule preferences and running background to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans, runcoach is the only online training engine specifically for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan to adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more.

About runcoach

Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded runcoach in 2002.  In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology.  The resulting product offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information aboutruncoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.

* Estimated runcoach finish time is calculated by either a personal race result record or a time/distance estimate of current fitness level by the trainee.

 
Destination Races Names runcoach the Official Training Plan of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series PDF Print E-mail

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Tina Wilmott
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858.876.4705 

San Mateo, Calif. – May 21, 2012 – runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training programs for runners of all levels, announced today it has been named the Official Training Plan of theDestination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Runners registered for any of the upcoming Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathons receive a 60 percent discount off runcoach giving them the ability to prepare for the race with runcoach’s highly personalized online training regimen based on fitness level, schedule preferences, running background and much more.

“People compete in our Wine Country Half Marathons year after year because we produce very high quality events in scenic locations,” said Matt Dockstader, President of Destination Races. “Through our partnership with runcoach, we are making our events even more special by offering our runners one-of-a-kind training tools to help them achieve their race goals.”

Known for producing memorable destination running experiences that celebrate life, Destination Race’s Wine Country Half Marathons sell out quickly and feature five events in renowned wine regions around the US including: Santa Barbara, Northern Virginia, Napa/Sonoma, Oregon and Healdsburg, CA.

“We are very excited to be named the Official Training Plan of such a popular and quality race series,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach. “We look forward to helping Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathoners run their fastest race yet!”

On average, runners training with runcoach for 12 weeks or longer, see a seven percent improvement in their race finish time over prior races. With its patent-pending algorithm, runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points including fitness level, event distance, schedule preferences and running background to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans,runcoach is the only online training engine specifically for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan to adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more.

About runcoach

Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded runcoach in 2002.  In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology.  The resulting product offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information about runcoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.

 
Focus-N-Fly® Announces Performance Guarantee for Runners in Celebration of runcoach™ Rebrand and Enhanced Functionality PDF Print E-mail

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Tina Wilmott
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858.876.4705 

runcoach Rebrand / New Name

Wipro San Francisco Marathon Performance Guarantee

Nike+ GPS Integration

San Mateo, Calif. - April 23, 2012 - Focus-N-Fly, a leading provider of interactive training programs for runners of all levels, announced today an unprecedented Performance Guarantee for runners who use its improved and rebranded training program " runcoach” to train for The Wipro San Francisco Marathon taking place July 29, 2012. In addition to creating a highly personalized online training regimen for each individual, runcoach has added a number of new features for increased functionality.

“runcoach is a training program unlike any other, and our new name underscores what we do and who we are,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of Focus-N-Fly. “runcoach provides inspiration, energy and expertise to all runners. Our Performance Guarantee demonstrates the confidence we have in runcoach’s ability to help runners achieve their goals and run more.”

runcoach has been named the Official Online Training Program of The Wipro San Francisco Marathon. Runners who sign up for runcoach when registering for the race and use the plan to train for The Wipro San Francisco Marathon are guaranteed to achieve their runcoach estimated race time, or have their training plan fees refunded.  On average, runners training with runcoach for 12 weeks or longer, see a seven percent improvement in their race finish time over prior races.  That equates to an approximate 19-minute improvement for the average marathon finishing time of 4 hours and 28 minutes.  Details of the promotion are available on The Wipro San Francisco Marathon’s website at  www.sfmarathon.runcoach.com .

“We are pleased to have runcoach as the Official Online Training Program for The Wipro San Francisco Marathon,” said race director Pamela Madigan.  “Our race has been referred to as the ‘race even marathoners fear,’ due to its challenging, hilly course. Using runcoach to train for this event makes sense, because it is adjustable and personalized to the individual.”

With its patent-pending algorithm, runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points including fitness level, event distance, schedule preferences and running background to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans, runcoach is the only online training engine specifically for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan to adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more. runcoach also provides personalized, weekly emails and access to plyometric drills and injury prevention videos on its site. Additionally, runcoach has added Nike+ GPS integration giving runners the ability to pull Nike+ GPS data into their training log. Previously known as “Focus-N-Fly,” the name of its parent company, runners can take the first step toward improved performance by visiting http://www.runcoach.com.

About Focus-N-Fly

Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded Focus-N-Fly in 2002.  In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology.  The resulting product, runcoach, offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information about runcoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.

 
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