Brendan Cournane Contributing Writer

Coach Brendan helps runners and walkers of all skill levels achieve their goals and complete events from 5Ks to ultramarathons.

He has run 88 marathons; including a marathon in each of the 50 States, and on all seven Continents. Some of his international races include Antarctica—the Last Marathon, The Great Wall of China Marathon and the Kilimanjaro Marathon (where he ran a marathon and then successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa).

Brendan has qualified for the Boston Marathon over a dozen times and completed the race six times. A devotee of the run-walk method of racing, he often completes his own races using this technique. He has developed run-walk programs for novice, intermediate and advanced runners for half and full marathon races.

He has been published and quoted in numerous publications including Runner's World, Running Times, Marathon & Beyond magazine, Chicago Athlete and Competitor magazine. He has been featured on ABC7, NBC Chicago and WGN News broadcasts and he appears regularly as a co-host on the Stocks and Jocks radio program.

Brendan works with a number of charitable organizations through running groups and virtual training programs. He has trained runners for more than 10 charity partners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and he was the 2013-14 National Coach for the American Liver Foundation and Team FORCE. He has trained runners for a number of charities for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and the Disney Marathon.