Become A Certified Running Coach, By Dr. Jack Daniels

Running coaches of all levels can now improve their resumes by becoming certified online by the “World’s Best Running Coach.” Are you up to the test? Take the VDOT O2 Distance Certification Exam, authored by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels.

According to Runner’s World Magazine, Dr. Daniels “has had a bigger influence on training-for-running than anyone. He might be considered the Albert Einstein of the sport.” That influence is immeasurable because of the thousands of athletes Dr. Daniels’ research has affected through other coaches following his VDOT method.

Olympian Lynn Jennings To Speak At Next VDOT Clinic

We’re excited to announce that one of the greatest female distance runners of all time will be our featured guest speaker at the next VDOT Coaching Clinic on November 7th in New York City.

Olympic medalist, three-time World XC Champion and American record-holder, Lynn Jennings, will be joining Dr. Jack Daniels to share her experiences as both a coach and athlete. Lynn’s talk will focus on the “Importance Of A Coach And Teaching Your Athlete to Be Self-Sufficient.”

Run SMART Retreat (SOLD OUT)

The 7th Annual Run SMART Retreat is sold out yet again. This year 30 guests from across the world will descend on our running mecca of Flagstaff, AZ, for a running vacation of a lifetime.


  • Featured guest speaker, Dr. Jack Daniels, named “The World’s Be10403217_10153213160936383_3801662913021564028_nst Coach” by Runner’s World
  • Daily runs guided by Run SMART coaches through scenic mountain trails
  • Nutrition for runners with professional runner Alicia Shay
  • Shoe fitting and gait analysis
  • Restorative yoga
  • A once in a lifetime run at the Grand Canyon

60 Years!

Credit:  Sarah Tupper Daniels

Credit: Sarah Tupper Daniels

Jack turns 82 this month. This also marks 60 years for him in the sport of running. His impact on the sport is immeasurable and he’s still running, coaching and teaching full-time.

He reflects on the last 60 years in Running Times:

In 1955 in the Army, in Korea, I entered and placed well in a military triathlon with pistol shooting, swimming and running, so that was my first-ever run, and I was pretty slow. I won the shoot and swim and got last in the run.

I transferred to San Antonio to train for modern pentathlon, which included horseback riding, fencing, pistol shooting, swimming and running. During those six years, I managed two Olympic medals and one world championship medal.

I always wanted to learn to run better, so I studied a year at a sport school in Stockholm and did my Ph.D. dissertation on the sport of running. At the University of Wisconsin, and while in Sweden, I had a couple of the world’s best exercise physiologists to learn about training from— Per-Olof Astrand and Bruno Balke.

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Getting My BQ


Tim Jones, Jack Daniels and Brian Rosetti at the VDOT Clinic

VDOT O2 aficionado, Tim Jones, shares his BQ success story while following a custom plan from Dr. Jack Daniels on our training calendar. He includes a review of the app and interview with our founder, Brian Rosetti.

New Training Plan Options Available

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We’re excited to announce two new training plan products available on the VDOT O2 Training Calendar.

1. 3k Training – 12 Weeks – $55

Many high school athletes/coaches and masters runners have already started customizing Jack’s 3k/3200m plans for the upcoming outdoor track season. Sample week of training:

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2. Half Marathon – 12 Weeks – $55

What’s Your VDOT?


Today we launched the VDOT Running Tee, designed by Dr. Jack Daniels. Read Jack’s backstory, follow the link and find out what level your top race performance earns in the VDOT scale.

VDOT Calculator On Android

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Our VDOT Calculator has gone mobile! If you have an Android phone you can now download our FREE app in the Google Play store.

Expect the iPhone version in the App Store sometime in early March.

Presenting A New Distance Coaching Clinic And Certification


The Run SMART Project presents the first ever VDOT O2 Coaching Clinic and Certification by Dr. Jack Daniels. This year’s special event will also feature coaching legend Frank Gagliano, aka “Gags”. Running coaches of all levels and stripes (high school, college, club, charity, private) are welcome to join us on Sat, March 21st in New York City.

As part of this coaching seminar each coach will have the opportunity to earn their VDOT Running Coach certification by passing Dr. Daniels’ online exam following the clinic. Each guest will have up to three months to study the material covered by Dr. Daniels and can review Daniels’ Running Formula before taking the test. Pass and get certified by the “World’s Best Running Coach”!

To learn more and register for this event check out:  VDOT O2 Coaching Clinic