True greatness is not what we accomplish ourselves, but what greatness we inspire in others! -Rick Muhr
Coach Rick Muhr brings 20 years of marathon coaching experience to the Marathon Coalition TEAM. His ability to motivate and inspire has gotten thousands of runners across the finish line of numerous marathons throughout the world.
For 12 years, Rick was head coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program, preparing runners for marathons not only in Boston and around the United States, but also in Dublin and Bermuda.
Although Rick’s basic training program takes runners of all abilities to the starting line, he customizes the program to meet each individual’s goals. He educates his runners on important topics such as core strengthening, stretching, the mechanics of running (e.g., form and pace), nutrition, fueling for workouts and recovery, injury prevention, cross-training, sport psychology and running shoe and proper apparel selection.
In addition, Rick is always focused on fundraising, building on his experience as a participant in the Team In Training program as a runner, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign (in which Rick was chosen as Man of the Year), and his Run Across Massachusetts for the Special Olympics, among others.
Personal Running Highlights
Rick has completed 32 marathons spanning 5 decades and has qualified for Boston in each marathon.
- His marathon personal record is 2:33 which he ran in Chicago twice and the Rockford, Illinois marathon.
- 1983: Rick was ranked fifth in the country at 100K (62 miles).
- 2002: Running entirely on a track, Rick completed 50 miles in ten hours to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign (and he was chosen the 2002 Man of the Year).
- 2004: For the Run Across Massachusetts, Rick ran 165 miles in five days — from the New York border to the state house in Boston — to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics.
- Rick was selected as a torch-bearer in the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay.
- 2006: Rick ran 62 miles on a track to raise funds for the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Latino Mental Health Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
- Rick was also the Head Men’s Cross Country Coach at Worcester State University.