The Story Of Marathon Handbook

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We Help You Run Far.

Marathon Handbook was founded back in 2016, with the mission from day one of helping other people run far.

At our heart, we are runners and athletes ourselves – every person on our team is a running coach, distance runner, or certified health and fitness trainer.

Our Mission and Core Values

Our Editorial Process

More About Marathon Handbook:

  • Everything we do focuses on helping our readers run, and achieve their health and fitness goals.
  • All our articles and guides are written by a qualified expert, and checked over by at least one more expert. Meet them below!
  • Over 250,000 runners have signed up for one of our free training plans.
  • Our thrice-weekly newsletter goes out to over 155,000 readers.
  • We’re a team of dedicated practitioners: we’re all running coaches, distance runners, and health and fitness trainers dedicated to providing the best resources to all our readers!

Our goal is to help other people run – so whether you’re just buying your first pair of running shoes, looking for a marathon training plan, or looking to run your best 100-mile ultramarathon, we want to help you.

Meet Our Team

Katelyn Tocci

Senior Editor

Ultrarunner and RRCA / UESCA Running Coach

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Katelyn is an experienced ultra-marathoner with a passion for the trails. She trains both trail and road runners in her running club, 30 Grados Trail Running, based in Costa Rica, and virtually with runners from all over the globe. 

Read Katelyn’s full profile!

Amby Burfoot

Editor At Large

Boston Marathon Winner, Decorated Running Journalist

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Amby Burfoot won the 1968 Boston Marathon, and has a lifetime marathon best of 2:14:29. In addition to serving as executive editor of Runner’s World Magazine for 20 years, he has written a half-dozen books, including First Ladies of Running and Run Forever. 

Read Amby’s full profile!

Amber Sayer

Senior Fitness and News Editor

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Amber holds two Masters Degrees—one in Exercise Science and one in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

She’s a Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Writer and Editor, as well as a UESCA-certified running, endurance nutrition, and triathlon coach.

As a certified personal trainer and running coach for 12 years, Amber enjoys staying active and helping others do so as well.

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Jessy Carveth

Senior News Reporter

Track Runner, Pro Cyclist, Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad.

She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University.

Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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Ben Gibbons

Injury And Sports Science Editor

Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist, Run Coach

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Ben is a YMCA-qualified Personal Trainer, ITEC Sports Massage Therapist, and UESCA Running Coach, with a particular interest in running performance, enjoyment and injury.

He has spent the last nine years working with runners at his clinic in Brighton. Ben is a keen runner and avid cyclist, evenly splitting his time between trail running, road biking, and MTB.

Read Ben’s full profile!

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Adam Rabo

Writer at Marathon Handbook
High School and College Track and Cross Country Coach

Adam Rabo has been a runner since joining the jr. high track team.

He coached high school and college cross country and track including numerous all Americans, state champions, and all-conference runners.

He continues to coach privately and just had an athlete qualify for the Boston Marathon and get accepted to the Chicago Marathon.

Adam continues to run and train on his own. He recently hit 3 years on his running streak and has no plans to stop. He is currently training for the Canyons 100k which is a qualifier for Western States 100m and UTMB.

This past year he ran notable races such as the Bolder Boulder, Leadville Marathon, and Pikes Peak Marathon. He is currently in the lottery for the Leadville 100 and hopes to finish his first 100m race this year.

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Amber Nelson

Running Gear and Shoe Expert at Marathon Handbook
OCR Competitor, UESCA Running Coach

I am a writer, psychology PhD student, and competitive obstacle racer and trail runner. Once 100 pounds overweight I found fitness and fell in love with an active and competitive lifestyle.

My passion for inspiring others and fitness come together seamlessly in the world of writing where I get to share the thing that changed my life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, my dogs, as well as baking and cooking.

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Cathal Logue

Writer at Marathon Handbook

UK Athletics Coach

Running is in my DNA.

Both of my parents competed in athletics in their youth and later went on to coach. After reluctantly toeing the line in a local cross-country race in my hometown of Derry and finishing 2nd, I enjoyed racing all over Ireland while at school and competed for an Irish Schools U17 team in Durham, England.

Sir Mo Farah also raced that day and could only finish 2nd!

There’s a race in Derry called the Killer Kilometre and it basically takes you up a 10% gradient from outside the local football stadium, via a number of Tour de France like hairpin turns, to finish at the top near the entrance of a local secondary school. Back in 2003, I’d been trying to get back into running after a few lean years.

As the race developed, I found myself in a group of 5 who were chasing down the early leader. I remember someone shouted my name as I took the last turn before the finishing straight, and I kicked for home only overtaking the man at the front metres from the finish. 

I’ve always wanted to run the Dublin marathon and I’m hoping that I can attempt it in the next couple of years. Let’s hope I can train through the extreme Madrid heat during the summer months as the marathon is normally held in early October.

Despite appreciating the new advances in watch technology with most runners using GPS devices, I still enjoy going for some of my recovery runs using my 10-year-old Casio sports watch. It helps me switch off and not worry about the pace and really embrace the feeling of running.

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Thomas Watson

Founder

UESCA Running Coach and Ultrarunner

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I’d never been particularly interested in running growing up, but I started running at University.

I ran my first marathon in 2012 and was hooked. I started running 250k ultramarathons, became a running coach, and launched Marathon Handbook. I love running and helping others run!

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Felix Hewitt

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Special Projects Manager | Seo Specialist

Hailing from Brighton, UK, Felix is a lover of running, cycling, and all things active.

Felix does a lot of behind-the-scenes work on Marathon Handbook, including big projects like our training plan databases and online calculators which our audience love to check out.

When he’s not exploring a remote corner of the globe on a bike-packing trip, Felix enjoys meditating, recording music, and running on trails as far as his legs will let him!