Pete Rea Running Expert

Pete Rea has been the head coach at ZAP Fitness, a Reebok sponsored Team USA Training Center in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, since the facility's opening in 2002. In that time, Pete has guided more than three dozen athletes to Olympic trials berths in events from the 1500 meters to the marathon, and 10 runners to U.S. world championship teams in events ranging from cross country to the half marathon and marathon distances.

Prior to his tenure at ZAP, Pete served as a private coach to athletes of all ages and abilities in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also the distance events coach at The Walton School in Georgia.

Pete was a distance running standout both as a prep athlete in Connecticut, at the University of Connecticut and as a post-collegiate runner in the early 1990s. Pete has been a freelance writer for over 20 years for publications such as Running Times, Running Journal and more than a dozen fitness publications around the U.S. He lives in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, with his wife and ZAP Fitness co-founder Zika and their two children, Elyse and Sean.

The ZAP/Reebok facility puts on adult running camps during the summer, and is available for retreats all year. The facility has a state-of-the-art weight room, a bio-lab for physiological testing and a 24-bed lodge. Coaches at the facility include two-time Olympic trials qualifier Zika Rea, Ryan Warrenburg and head coach Pete Rea. Visit, check out ZAP's Facebook page, or call 828-295-6198 for more info.