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Meet Chad Ricklefs

Years Coaching: 7

Personal Best:
• 50 Mile – 5:24

• 100 KM – 7:01

• 100 Mile – 15:26

Career Highlights:

• 2011 World Masters Athletics 100 KM World Champion

• 2011 IAU 100 KM World Championships – member of Gold medal winning US team

• 2010 IAU 100 KM World Cup – member of Silver medal winning US team

• 2010 U.S. National 100 KM Championships (USA Track and Field) – bronze medalist

• 2007 IAU 100 KM World Cup – member of bronze medal winning US team

• 2004 U.S. National 50 Mile Champion (USA Track and Field)

• 2004: Fastest 50 Mile time in the U.S. (5:24)

• 2002 USA Track & Field Ultrarunner of the Year (Ted Corbitt Award Recipient)

• 2002 Ultrarunning Magazine Runner of the Year Recipient

• 2002 U.S. National 100 KM Champion (USA Track and Field)

• Named to the USA Track and Field 100 KM National Team in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002

• 2000 and 2002 Winner of the Leadville Trail 100 Mile (former record holder)


Chad Ricklefs has been competing in ultramarathons at a national level since 1998 and reached an all-time high in his career in 2011, placing 11th overall at the 2011 IAU 100 km World Championships in Winschoten. Chad’s time of 7:07 helped the U.S. team capture the gold medal and he won the World Masters 100 KM Championship. He is a former National 100 KM Road Champion, winning the 2002 USA Championships in 2002. In 2004 Chad was the National 50 Mile Road Champion and he also posted the fastest 50 Mile time of the year – 5:24. Prior to competing on the road, he enjoyed success on the trails, having won the prestigious Leadville Trail 100 Mile race in 2000 and 2002. Ricklefs has also been named the USATF Ultrarunner of the Year. He lives in Boulder with his wife Samantha.

Why choose me?

The decision to start working with a coach is an important step in the quest for faster race times, improved results, and getting your running started on the right track. With all of the coaching options available, choosing the right coach is probably the most difficult and confusing decision in the whole process. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, as I am confident in my ability to make your running goals come true.


  • I’ve been coaching for over four years at all levels of the sport, from the elite to the everyday runner looking to run their first ultramarathon.
  • I’ve worked with local elite, self described ���non-runners”, young, old and everyone in between. I have experience coaching people just like you.
  • I have run competitively at all levels of the sport, around the country and around the globe. I’ve trained with the best training groups in the country, World Champions, and running legends. You’ll be hard pressed to find a coach with the training and running background I possess.
  • I’ve had the opportunity to train under the best coaches in the US. I’ve learned from the best and I continue to strive to learn everyday. More importantly, I am committed to translating the training knowledge I’ve learned over the years to your training plan.

Customized Training and Support

  • The training plans you get from me, whether it be through personal coaching or customized schedules, are all hand crafted and meticulously created.
  • The feedback and support I offer is guaranteed. Do you have a question about your training? Did something come up during your training segment and need an adjustment to your schedule? With the customized schedules and personal coaching, I am only a phone call, email, or chat away.