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Dr. Jason Karp is the author of five books, a nationally-recognized running and fitness expert, exercise physiologist, and speaker at international running and fitness conferences.
He owns Run-Fit, a state-of-the-science run coaching and personal training company in San Diego, California. As one of America's foremost running experts and the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, Dr. Karp is a trusted source of information. Through his writing, conference presentations, DVDs, and numerous print and television interviews on topics related to running and fitness, he brings the state of the science directly to the public. A sought after speaker on running and fitness, Dr. Karp is a frequent presenter at national coaching and fitness industry conferences, including U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, American College of Sports Medicine, IDEA World Fitness Convention, SCW Fitness MANIA, National Strength and Conditioning Association, ECA World Fitness Convention, and FitnessFest, among others. He has taught USA Track & Field's highest level coaching certification and was an instructor at the USATF/U.S. Olympic Committee's Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He also holds clinics for runners, coaches, and fitness professionals.
He is a prolific writer, with more than 200 articles published in numerous international coaching, running, and fitness trade and consumer magazines, including Track Coach, Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country, New Studies in Athletics, Running Times, Runner's World, Women's Running, Marathon & Beyond, Fitness Management, IDEA Fitness Journal, PTontheNet.com, Shape, Oxygen, SELF, Ultra-Fit, and Maximum Fitness, among others. His books include Running a Marathon For Dummies (Wiley, 2012), Running for Women (Human Kinetics, 2012), 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners (Coaches Choice, 2012), 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners (Coaches Choice, 2010), and How to Survive Your PhD (Sourcebooks, 2009).
Dr. Karp has coached cross country and track at the high school, college, and elite club levels. In 1997, at age 24, he became one of the youngest collegiate head coaches in the country, leading the Georgian Court University (NJ) women's cross country team to the regional championship and winning honors as NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. His personal training experience ranges from elite athletes to cardiac rehab patients. As a private coach and founder of REVO2LT Running Team, he has helped many runners meet their potential, ranging from a first-time race participant to an Olympic Trials qualifier. He has been profiled in a number of publications and received the fitness industry's highest award in 2011. A competitive runner, Dr. Karp is a nationally-certified running coach through USA Track & Field, is sponsored by PowerBar as a member of PowerBar Team Elite, and sits on the advisory board of the Egg Nutrition Center.
Dr. Karp received his PhD in exercise physiology with a physiology minor from Indiana University in 2007, his master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1997, and his bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science with an English minor from Penn State University in 1995. His research has been published in the scientific journals Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, and International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He has taught at several universities and currently teaches dissertation writing at the University of California-San Diego.
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