Dick Vincent Coaching

Dick Vincent grew up in Catskill, NY and took up running in 1972 as a way to improve his fitness and overall health. On April 23, 1975, eager to do well in the following year's Boston Marathon, he decided to try running every day. That streak would continue until October 1, 2009.

After running Boston in 1974, Dick would go on to compete in over 250 marathons and ultramarathons throughout the world. While he was more attracted to the atmosphere and experience of trail ultramarathons, Dick did run sub-16 in the 5k, sub-2:40 in the marathon, and consistently was a top finisher in ultra-distance events.
Dick's coaching career began in the late 1970s with the Onteora Runners Club. In 1986, he received his Level 1 USATF Coaching Certification. He would go on to coach at the high school level for a few years but his primary focus was always private coaching for adults. In April 2011, he created the weekly track workout series for the Albany Running Exchange and also is the full-time coach of the ARE Racing Team.

Dick now holds a Level 3 USATF Coaching Certification, the highest level of certification which can be earned from USATF. Additionally, he holds a Level 5 certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), passing the IAAF Academy Elite Coach Course in Endurance with distinction.

USATF Level 3 Certification

IAAF Level 5 Certification

In 1974, Dick directed his first event. Three years later, Dick founded the Escarpment Trail Run. He remains at the helm of this event to this day. Participants have included members of the U.S. Mountain Racing Team, along with numerous Olympic Trials qualifiers, and an Olympian.

Dick has directed hundreds of races of all types. He was heavily involved in the Kingston Classic for 25 years, and was subsequently awarded Sportsman of the Year by the Daily Freeman. He also coordinates numerous other events of all types and sizes. In addition to being the driving force behind countless events, he continues to assist other events in a variety of roles. He can be often found assisting with the timing of events throughout the mid-Hudson Valley.

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