Fast 5K

Fast 5K

25 Crucial Keys and 4 Training Plans

Pete Magill


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  • Author Pete Magill is a 19-time national championship coach and world-class 5K and cross-country runner.
  • Running is America’s favorite outdoor sport. 1 in 7 Americans (32 million) ran last year.
  • More than 25 million Americans ran on more than 50 days last year.
  • 17 million Americans finished a race or organized event last year.
  • The 5K is America’s favorite race distance with 8.2 million finishers last year.


Pete Magill:

Pete Magill is a running coach, world-class runner, and contributor to Runner’s World, PodiumRunner, and formerly to Running Times. As a coach, Magill has led his masters clubs to 19 USATF National Masters Championships in cross country and road racing. Currently a coach with Southern California’s Cal Coast Track Club and California Triathlon Club, Magill has worked with athletes of all ages, from youth through masters. He holds multiple American and world age-group records in the sports of track & field and road racing, and he is a 5-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year. His popular columns, Magill on Masters, The Long Run, and The Performance Page covered training, nutrition, and mental training. Magill is author of SpeedRunner, Build Your Running Body, and The Born Again Runner.