Your Coach, Jeff Galloway
I am sad that we cannot join you this year for the tour. You are a friend and I respect you greatly. As you know, my contract with Disney forces me to be in Florida during the key time when the participants would need my personal clinics. Chris Twiggs, my national program director, will be joining you in Athens this year.
Chris is very familiar with my training program, run-walk-run strategies, and virtually anything else about marathoning and can answer any questions about the course. Chris is a Boston Qualifier, and knows my system thoroughly.
Though I will not be able to join you and the runners in Athens this year for the Marathon, please advise your runners that their coach for this year’s training season will still be me, Olympian Jeff Galloway. I have coached thousands of runners to successful finishes in the Athens Classic Marathon since 1994. My run-walk-run method has helped hundreds of thousands stay injury free. When a runner signs up through Apostolos Greek Tours, they will receive my training schedule which will provide the training needed for this years race. I will also be available to them via email for any clarifications or training questions.
Jeff is best known for writing Galloway’s Book on Running, the best-selling running book in North America. A lifetime runner, he was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team in the 10,000 and marathon, and enjoys a successful masters running career. He is CEO of Galloway Productions, producer of a wide range of fitness programs and events each year, and is the owner of Pheidippides, a national network of running specialty stores. He is also the author of Return of the Tribes, and a third book, entitled Marathon!
Read Jeff’s monthly column on training in Runner’s World,and check out his web site at jeffgalloway.com.
Here is Jeff’s own description of what the Athens Marathon means to him, and why it’s a running experienceyou’ll never forget:
Welcome to the very best running tour of Athens!
After working with Paul Samaras and his great staff since 1994 and comparing notes with those who’ve enrolled in other tours, I don’t believe there is a better way to experience Greece as a fitness experience. The helpful and friendly guides, smooth logistics, wonderful meals, running on the paths of ancient athletes–it’s priceless. Last year, on a hilltop near our hotel area just off a wonderful running trail, Barbara and I found an inscription in the bedrock that appears to be of ancient origin. We will explain how running was a significant thread in the original fabric of western civilization. You have a lot to look forward to.
Let me know if I can help,
Jeff Galloway: Almost any runner can finish strong in Athens.Having worked with dozens of beginning runners who have “conquered” the Athens Marathon course, I can say that with the right pacing and strategy, the Athens Marathon will not seem difficult at all. Since 1994, I have helped runners train for and actually run this historic course. Since there are many “once in a lifetime” experiences on this trip, I don’t recommend going for a personal record–but several of our past participants have done this. You’ll share thoughts with fellow runners from all over the world, as you cover the same ground trod by Phidippides in 490 BC–the route used in the very first marathon race, in the very first modern Olympic Games. This is truly a heritage experience for runners–one that you will remember for the rest of your life.Jeff Galloway