Head Coach- Ben Jacobs

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Ben is the Head Coach at Run4PRs. He was recruited by the owner as the first hire 3+ years ago. He is known most for an immense knowledge & passion on all things running. He trains & mentors all the coaches. I think that anyone can benefit from a coach. Everyone can be competitive.  If you want to be better tomorrow than you are today then you are competitive with yourself. 

It is important to have a coach so that you are training in the right areas and don’t overdo it.

It won’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of consistency. 

You really have to work at it.  It may take months or even years to hit the breakthrough that you hope to achieve.  Too many people give up when it gets hard.

Ben’s Athletes & Coaching History

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  Coaching St Thomas to the national championship meet two years ago and coaching them to 6 conference track titles.  I have coached countless runners at St Thomas and they all have unique stories.  Seeing them grow as runners and then move on into the work force has been very rewarding.

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“I was able to run the 3rd fastest 50 mile in the US in 2016 because of Coach Jacobs.  Ben provided structure to my training and inspired me to push myself to train for ultra marathons competitively after not running consistently for years. His personalized training plans made workouts interesting and not copied/pasted like other plans you see on in magazines or on the internet.”- Chase N- Door County 50 winner

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“Ben took a holistic approach, looking at my mechanics, talking about nutrition and really listening to my goals. Together, we developed a sensible approach to help me reach them. He gave me workouts which were tuned specifically to my individual needs and was very flexible in adjusting plans to the challenges of my everyday work and home schedule. Working with Ben I ran a personal record on a half marathon and built the base that eventually allowed me to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon – something I was not sure I would ever be able to do again when I was limping around in 2015. Ben’s coaching helped me come back as a more intelligent runner, more patient, more thoughtful on my training approaches and better connected to what works for me as a runner.”- Steve – Boston Qualifier

Chris- First Time Marathoner


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“After completing a couple of middle distance races in 2015, I decided I wanted to get serious about distance running. I talked to Ben one afternoon while picking up some shoes and he and I started talking about what my goals were, what my injuries in the past have been, etc.  Within a coupe of minutes I knew this was the person I wanted to work with. 
Thanks to Ben’s coaching I finished my first marathon in 2016 in just over four hours. I never in my life had thought I could complete a marathon. I know I have lots more potential improvement, and I can’t wait to keep working with Ben to unlock it. 
Ben always pushes me to beat yesterday and be a better runner and person than I was the day before. He’s an amazing influence on runners of every level. ” – Chris Matter