For Distance Runners, Coaches and Medical Professionals of All Levels, Ages and Abilities

The Running Summit comes to Chicago as Running Summit Midwest, July 8-9 at Benedictine University.


The event will bring together top coaches, scientists, authors, and professionals in the sport to share their expertise:

Dr. Joe Vigil
Joe Vigil has coached Olympic and World Championship athletes to podium appearances in distances from the 800m to the marathon – including America’s last two Olympic medalists in the marathon and recent Gold (800m) & Silver (1500m) medals in World appearances. His career at Adams State College produced 19 National Championships, 87 individual champions, and 425 All-Americans. Named NAIA Coach of the Year 14 times, Vigil's 1992 Adams team won the NCAA Division II Championship by scoring a perfect 15 points – the only cross country team ever to do so. Recipient of USA Track & Field's coveted 'Legend Coach' designation, Coach Vigil’s presentations will be PILLARS OF A SUCCESSFUL DISTANCE PROGRAM and THE DEVELOPMENT OF OLYMPIC MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNERS – Featuring Practical Applications for High School & Collegiate Athletes.

Coach Tom "Tinman" Schwartz
Coach to National High School Indoor Mile Record-Holder and Footlocker National Champion Drew Hunter, Coach Tom "Tinman" Schwartz has directed training programs for and/or coached over 600 runners over the past 27 years. An exercise physiologist, Schwartz is a recognized master at applying empirical evidence to coaching practice. At the Summit, Tom will detail his use of Maximum Oxygen Consumption Training and Maximum Lactate Steady-State Training.

Jonathan Dugas
Jonathan Dugas is a lifelong student of exercise. After earning his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Cape Town, Jonathan spent five years as a Clinical Assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also co-founded The Science of Sport with Dr. Ross Tucker. After five years in the workplace health promotion industry, he is now back in academia at Loyola University in Chicago, where he reports to the directors of their Cardiovascular Research Institute. He is a lifelong endurance athlete, completing over 10 marathons, two ultra-marathons, and is a three-time Ironman finisher narrowly missing a qualifying spot for the IM World Champs in Kona in 2016. He is a past presenter at several Running Summit events and is thrilled to be back again. His 2017 topics include The Metabolic Demands of Short, Middle, and Long-Distance Training and Exercise in the Heat: How Hot is Too Hot?

Sage Rountree
Sage Rountree (sagerountree.com), PhD, E-RYT 500, is an internationally recognized authority in yoga for athletes. Author of several books including The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, Racing Wisely, and Everyday Yoga, she contributes to Runner’s World and Yoga Journal. Sage’s classes, training plans, videos, books, and articles make yoga, core strength, and endurance exercise accessible to everyone. Her goal is to help people find the right balance between work and rest for peak performance in sports and in life. Her speaking topics include: Shore up the Core: Principles for Developing Core Routines for Runners and Massage and Self-Massage for Better Body Balance.


Running Summit Midwest

July 8-9, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Eligible coaches can earn continuing education credit for USAT, NSCA and Athletics Canada.


NSCA CEU

1.4 NSCA CEU Credits

USAT CEU

7 USAT CEU Credits

NCCP Professional Development

3 NCCP Professional Development Points

Our Supporting Sponsors

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Naperville Running Company
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