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Jon Falk

Jon Falk

Coach



Coach Name: Jon Falk

Birthplace: Boston, MA

Current Hometown: Andover, MA

Education: BA Middle Eastern Studies - Trinity College (Hartford, CT) | MS Exercise and Sports Science - Merrimack College (North Andover, MA) | RRCA Run Coach Level 1 | USATF Level 1 Coach

Background: Jon grew up just off of the Boston Marathon course. As a child, he was in awe of the athletes that ran by his house every April, and thought that everyone knew exactly how far a marathon is. He has always been active, playing three sports in high school (cross country, wrestling, and lacrosse) and wrestling collegiately (Trinity College). He continued to run after graduating college, competing in his first marathon (Marine Corps Marathon) in 2002, and fell in love with distance running. Since 2002, Jon has completed over 50 marathons and ultramarathons, including eight marathons in which he served as an official race pacer. He has completed the Boston Marathon 10 times, as well as accumulated over 30 BQ’s. He started coaching in 2008, successfully guiding his first client to a Boston Marathon qualifying time. Jon is a student of the sport of running, having earned coaching certifications from the RRCA and USATF, as well as a MS in Exercise and Sports Science. He is still running competitively as a Masters athlete, finishing the 2019 Chicago Marathon in 2:55 and the 2020 Hyannis Marathon in 2:56. He and his wife have been married since 2007, and together they have three beautiful children and a gecko.

Coaching Experience: 2008 - Present

Years with ORR/TRF/TCF: Since 2022

Athletic Highlights: He has run 15 sub three hour marathons, including a personal best of 2:46 at the 2006 Chicago and a 2:49 at the 2006 Boston Marathon. Other times of note are his 7h 40m finish at the 2006 JFK 50 Mile and his 59:47 finish at the 2006 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. He has made the podium at three races including a 1st place finish at the 2005 Rock Creek Park Marathon ), a 3rd place finish at the Delaware Marathon, and 1st place finish at the 2018 Bay of Fundy Half Marathon (Lubec, Maine).  He has also achieved 7 age groups wins at the marathon distance.  

Hobbies: When he is not running, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading books about American history, and painting with watercolors. He remains a dedicated Boston sports fan.

Why work with QT2 Systems: Jon appreciates that QT2 and The Run Formula focuses on providing a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to help athletes prepare for their goal races. The structure that TRF provides to its clients puts them in the best position to be successful. 

Favorite Quote: “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.” ~Kristin Armstrong