Dr. Jason Karp is one of America's foremost running experts, established writer and author, exercise physiologist, and creator of the Run-Fit Specialist certification. He owns Run-Fit, the premier provider of innovative running and fitness services. He has been profiled in a number of publications and is the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year (the fitness industry's highest award) and 2014 recipient of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award.
Dr. Karp has given dozens of international lectures and has been a featured speaker at most of the world's top fitness conferences and coaching clinics, including Asia Fitness Convention, Indonesia Fitness & Health Expo, FILEX Fitness Convention, U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention, American College of Sports Medicine Conference, IDEA World Fitness Convention, SCW Fitness MANIA, National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference, ECA World Fitness Convention, and CanFitPro, among others. He has taught USA Track & Field's highest level coaching certification and has led coaching camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
A prolific writer, Jason has 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, Oxygen, SELF, PTontheNet.com, Shape, Ultra-Fit, and Maximum Fitness, among others. He is also author of five books: Running a Marathon For Dummies, Running for Women, 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners, 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners, and How to Survive Your PhD. He is currently working on his sixth book, The Inner Runner. He is also the editor of the sixth edition of Track & Field Omnibook and is the senior online content editor for Active Network.
At age 24, Dr. Karp became one of the youngest college head coaches in the country, leading the Georgian Court University women's cross country team to the regional championship and winning honors as NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. He has also coached high school track and field and cross country. His personal training experience ranges from elite athletes to cardiac rehab patients. As a private coach, he has helped many runners meet their potential, ranging from a first-time race participant to an Olympic Trials qualifier. A competitive runner since sixth grade, Dr. Karp is a nationally-certified running coach through USA Track & Field, is sponsored by PowerBar and Brooks, and was a member of the silver-medal winning United States masters team at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
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.
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