Brad Kearns, 51, of Auburn, California is noted speaker, author and coach in the health&fitness world for over two decades. During his nine-year career as a triathlete, he was one of the world's top ranked professionals, amassing 30 wins worldwide on the pro circuit. Career highlights include a remarkable streak of seven victories in a row ('91-'92), a world duathlon series championship, two national triathlon championships and a #3 world ranking in 1991. Brad is the last American professional male in to place in the top-5 in the ITU World Championships (1992) and still holds the Hawaii Ironman 24&under age division American record at 8:57 (1989).
Brad’s Breakthrough Triathlon Training (2006) offers a healthy, balanced approach to triathlon peak performance. His How Lance Does It (2007) and How Tiger Does It (2008) books detail the champion attitude and behavior qualities of the Tour de France legend and golfing great, helping you apply their methods in pursuit of your own peak performance goals.
Brad currently works with health&fitness expert Mark Sisson on a comprehensive lifestyle movement called the Primal Blueprint. He is the President of Primal Blueprint Publishing, helped develop the Primal Health Coach certification program, has delivered dozens of Primal Transformation Seminars across the USA, and organized and presented at nine "PrimalCon" health and fitness retreats around the world from 2010-2014. He and Mark authored the 2015 release, Primal Endurance, a comprehensive guidebook on how to escape the carbohydrate-dependent, overly stressful conventional approach to training in favor of a healthier, stress-balanced, fat-adapted primal approach.
Brad is the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit organization promoting cardiovascular fitness for kids called Running School. The organization conducts events on campus at partner schools in Northern California and Nevada, tracking students' aerobic conditioning results against national standards and helping kids make healthy lifestyle choices and develop positive attitudes towards competion. Running School kids have achieved remarkable results in the organization's short history, developing fitness levels far exceeding the statewide standard - a hands-on, grass roots success story in the battle against childhood obesity.
Brad's unique employee wellness program (1999-2002) at Interwoven, Inc., a Silicon Valley software company, was lauded in leading publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Investors Business Daily and on television in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as syndicated Asian television.
Brad delivers motivational talks and seminars to schoolchildren, corporate groups and community groups, detailing his favorite theme of pursuing peak performance with a healthy, balanced approach.
Brad's endurance career began at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA, where he ran the 1600 meters in 4:19, placing 9th in the 1982 California State High School Championships finals. At age 16, he was a finalist at 1500 meters at the National Junior Olympics in Lincoln, NE, and ranked 12th in the US in his age group. He also placed 17th in the National Junior Olympics cross country finals in Burbank, CA, and 5th in the Los Angeles City cross country finals, setting a Taft High school record that held for 18 years. His 15:24 time on the grueling 2.9-mile LA city championship course at Pierce colleges still ranks in the top-60 all-time for LA city athletes.
Brad ran cross country briefly for UC Santa Barbara, placing 37th in the 1982 Pacific Coast Athletic Assn conference cross country championships as a freshman before a string of injuries and illness prompted him to switch to multisport training. In his first year of competitive cycling for the UCSB team, he won the 1984 California state intercollegiate cycling championship in the novice division 10-mile time-trial in San Luis Obispo, CA, in a time of 24:25. Brad graduated UCSB in 1985 with an honors degree as a Business/Economics major, with minors in running injuries and surfing.
Brad recently retired from an illustrious decade-long career dominating youth athletes in soccer, basketball, and track while coaching them. His retirement from youth competition coincided with his son and friends growing taller, faster, stronger and more skilled than he by their sophomore year. His competitive outlets now involve high jumping and Speed Golf. In 2014, Brad returned to professional Speedgolf competition for the first time in 18 years (he was 8th in the '96 world championships) and placed 20th in the 2014 World Speed Golf Championships at Bandon Dunes, Oregon. He shot an 83 in 51 minutes for a Speed Golf score of 134. In the 2015 World Speedgolf Championships in Chicago, Brad repeated his 20th place finish in the professional division.
In 2016 at the age of 51, Brad cleared 5'5" (1.65m) at a high jump practice session. This exceeds the All-American standard for 50-54 age group and matches a top-10 national rank performance. At 50, he ran a 400-meter effort in 59.8. - running in the 50s, in his 50s!