Kicking things off at Ekiden

In Issue 28 of my weekly newsletter, the morning shakeout, I alluded to joining an early stage startup in the Bay Area. Well, I am stoked to finally share a little bit more about the company I’ve been helping build over the past few months! We are calling it Ekiden and our mission is to unlock the power of personal coaching for runners by providing an approachable, affordable and rewarding experience for any athlete who wants guidance in the pursuit of their goals.

In my 18 years a runner, I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of great coaches, from Karen Boen at Stonehill College to Kevin Curtin at New Balance Boston and Alan Culpepper on a 1-on-1 basis. Their influence and guidance over the years has inspired me to help other athletes chase goals ranging from finishing their first race to setting personal bests and achieving podium finishes. I’m super excited to help even more athletes experience great coaching through Ekiden and it’s a major reason why I decided to join the company as its founding coach and director of coaching.

At Ekiden, we believe in the power of personal coaching and having someone you’re accountable to, can learn from, and be inspired by as you pursue your goals. We also know there are a number of capable coaches who lack the necessary resources and tools to find athletes, plan training and communicate effectively. By providing coaches with everything they need to do their job well, we will empower them to have a larger impact than ever before while ensuring their athletes have more success than they previously thought possible. Creating these opportunities for others is what gets me fired up to go to work everyday.

So what’s behind the name Ekiden? My fellow running nerds reading this know that an ekiden is a long-distance road racing relay that is wildly popular in Japan. The word itself combines the Japanese characters for “station” and “transmit” and has its origins in the ancient Japanese courier service of delivering important messages across the country in stages. Pretty apropos for what we’re trying to do, right?

We’re currently in beta and it will be a few more weeks before we open up Ekiden to everyone, but if you are interested in taking advantage of coaching when it becomes available, go to and join our waitlist. If you want to learn more about the benefits of coaching with Ekiden, go here. Check us out and let me know what you think!

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