ANDREW TAYLOR

The bio:

Andrew was born in Colorado Springs, CO and grew up mostly in Columbus, OH. He lived in Charleston, SC for 6 years (2010-2016) before moving to his current home in Modesto, CA.

Andrew grew up running or riding is bike to go do almost everything with friends. It was the best and most fun way to get around town. Using his body has a mode of transportation quickly lead to passion for running in middle school. While he continued to play organized baseball and basketball, running was clearly where his talents lay. He competed on the Varsity Track & Field and Cross Country teams all four years of high school as well as the Varsity Swimming Team for three years.

Andrew attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH wherein earned both his BS in Exercise Science (2006) and MA in Sport Management (2009).

Over 25+ years of dedication to endurance competitions give Andrew a wealth of experience in middle-distance Track & Field, swimming, and triathlons. In 2011, he shifted his focus to ultramarathons where he has now completed five 100-mile endurance runs and is currently training for the 2017 Javelina 100.

Beyond his own running ability, Andrew has experience in many other facets of the sport, including coaching high school to professional athletes, organizing events, founding running groups, and working in specialty retail.

He is both full of real-world experiences and practical in training, which helps the athletes he trains balance life and running.

The family:

Youngest of four children and the only boy. Married to Nicole for 6 years; one son, Samuel (age 2), and a rescue dog, Denali (age 4).

Guilty pleasures:

Eating lots of ice cream. His favorite is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with Strawberries, Bananas, and Chocolate Syrup for Toppings.

Favorite musician:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite events:

Andrew still loves to run and watch the 800-meter dash, although his times are much slower now. His favorite organized event is the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.

Why Andrew enjoys coaching?

Watching athletes of all ability levels take on challenges that push them beyond what they ever thought possible. Even if they don’t succeed, it is exciting to hear about all that they learned along the way.

Defining Moment in Andrews’ Running Career:

“Breaking 24-hours for the first time in a 100-mile run at the 2014 Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Run. Pinhoti was my first 100-miler finish in 2013 and it took 28 hours and 15-minutes. I came back one year later armed with the knowledge of the course, a better nutrition plan, and better training. The result was a 4.5-hour PR!”

Image from the 2015 Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50 mile and 50k races in the Francis Marion Forest near Charleston, South Carolina.

MODESTO, CA

EDUCATION

BS Exercise Science
MA Sport Management
NASM CPT
USATF Level 1
CoachUp Certified

RACE HIGHLIGHTS

Glass City Marathon (2005)
Columbus Marathon (5 time finisher)
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon (2006)
Suntrust National Marathon (2006)
Charleston Marathon (2 time finisher)
Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50-Mile (4 time finisher)
The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Georgia (3 time finisher)
Chattanooga Mountain Stage Race (2 time finisher)
Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Run (2 time finisher)
Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run (2014)
Quest for the Crest 50K (2015)
Grindstone 100 Mile Endurance Run (2015)
Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (2016)

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