McMillan Running Company, Inc. was founded by Greg McMillan to provide an online resource for distance runners. The company's website provides a wealth of information for runners as well as Training Plans, Personal Coaching and other products and services.
McMillanRunning.com's mission is simple - to help people fulfill their potential. Its growing menu of products and services reflect this mission. McMillan Running Company is based in Flagstaff, Arizona USA.
Greg McMillan, M.S. – Founder & Head Coach
Greg McMillan is a runner, exercise scientist and coach with the unique ability to combine the science of endurance performance with the art of real-world coaching. Greg has a masters degree in Exercise Physiology where his research focused on the determining factors of distance running performance. A student of the sport since he began running in high school, he continues to apply advances in sports science to his training programs. As with his study of sports science, Greg continues to learn from the athletes and coaches of yesterday and today. He vigorously studies the great books on running and is eager to be around successful coaches and athletes to learn from their experiences. His mentors include the late, great Arthur Lydiard (who he toured with on Lydiard's last US tour), Olympic Coach Dr. Joe Vigil, world-famous Italian coach Gabrielle Rosa (who he worked under for two years), the Lydiard Foundation's Nobby Hashizume, Peak Running Performance founder Guy Avery and USA Track & Field physiologist Dr. David Martin.
Throughout his coaching career, Greg has been successful at helping a wide range of athletes. He has coached Olympians, Boston Marathon qualifiers as well as new runners through charity marathon groups. The bulk of his athletes are everyday runners balancing work, family and other commitments with their running.
Greg winning the 2009 Masters Trail Marathon Nation Championships
On tour with coaching legend Arthur Lydiard
With his family: Wife Tracy and son Angus
Andrew Middleton – Coach
Andrew has worked for McMillan Running since 2005, helping to grow its reach to runners around the world. His favorite aspect of coaching is the opportunity to work with runners of all ability levels and ages—from new runners to Boston Qualifiers to High School runners.
Andrew is a lifelong runner and student of the sport. He was an All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American distance runner for the University of Texas Longhorns, as well as First Team Academic All-Big XII in Cross Country and Track & Field. Andrew trained under Jason Vigilante while at the University of Texas and under Greg McMillan as part of his Olympic-Development Team. During that time, he learned about himself as a runner and applies this knowledge as a coach.
When not coaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son as well as watching college football. Andrew is also the Elite Athlete Director for the BCS Marathon & Half-Marathon.
Andrew hitting the trails in Flagstaff
Andrew with his family: Wife Casey, daugter Annie, and son Samuel
Ian Torrence – Ultra Coach
Ian has coached a wide breadth of ultrarunners. He's not only successfully guided many beginners to their first 100-mile finish, but he's managed the training of several elite runners like that of the winners of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, JFK 50 Mile, Lake Sonoma 50 Mile and the USA Track and Field 50K National Championships. If you want to run beyond the marathon, Ian can get you there – safely and successfully.
Ian ran competitively for the cross-country and track teams at Allegheny College (PA). He is a legend in the trail/ultra community having now finished over 180 ultras, over 25 of which were 100-mile races. In all, Ian has won over 50 ultramarathons.
Some of his wins include the Massanutten Mountain Trail 100 Mile Run twice and the Superior Trail 100 Mile Run. He's a two-time, top-ten finisher at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. He's finished the JFK 50 Mile Run nineteen times, placing as high as second twice. He was part of a four-person team that won and set a course record at the Oxfam Hong Kong Trailwalker 100K in 2001.
In 2002, he completed the Grand Slam of Ultramarathons by finishing Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, Vermont 100 Mile, Leadville Trail 100 Mile, and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile in a single summer. Along with his partner, assistant coach Emily Harrison, he captured the Team Open Mixed Division at the PepsiCo TransRockies Run 6-Day.
When Ian isn't coaching he spends his time race directing three southwestern favorites: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 100 Mile & Relay, Gaspin' In The Aspen 15K/5K, and Bootlegger 50K/25K.
Ian doing what he does best!
Andrew Lemoncello – Coach & Resident Olympian
Since he started working with McMillan Running, he has helped hundreds of athletes achieve Boston Qualifiers, new PRs from 800m up to Ultra distances and worked with runners who have represented their country. He enjoys working with runners of all abilities and has extensive knowledge on helping injured runners to stay fit and return from injury after having focusing some of his studies on cross training. Andrew also helps out with our running camps where he leads core training sessions, form and warm-up drills as well as being on our panel of experts who provide advise and answer questions to help each runner become the best athlete they can be.
An accomplished runner himself, he has been an international athlete since he was 15 years old having represented his country in cross country, track, road running and mountain running. Having won many national titles and distinctions in distance running in his home country of Scotland, he moved to the USA to take up a scholarship at Florida State University. He thrived under the team training environment and helped FSU to win back to back team national track and field titles by placing 4th in 2006 and 2nd in 2007 in the 3,000m Steeplechase.
After graduation, Andrew joined forces with Greg McMillan to be a part of the McMillan Elite team. A year after working with Greg, he was selected to represent the UK in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a lifetime dream. He then decided to focus on longer distances, which he did with great success running some of the fastest times ever by a Scottish athlete. In 2010 he made his marathon debut and placed 8th in the London Marathon. That same year, Greg brought Andrew on as part of his coaching staff to use his experience to help runners of all abilities to become better athletes.
Andrew has a wife, Julie and daughter Isla, who was born in 2013. Isla was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and with all the support that they received, Andrew wanted to give back to those who had helped them so much. Just a few months after Isla was born, Andrew set a Treadmill Half Marathon World Record (running 67.29) and with the help of McMillan Running, raised $34,000 for the National Down Syndrome Society.
Andrew competes in the Commonwealth Games
Andrew with his family: Wife Julie, daughter Isla
Annika Braun – Coach
Annika has worked for Greg since 2012. Her favorite aspect of coaching is watching the long-term progression of athletes – watching them achieve things they never dreamed possible. Since she struggled with injuries for so long she believes that consistency and hard work are the key to getting where you want to be and encourages her athletes to make the most of every day and have fun. Annika has coached at the high school level, been a personal trainer and successfully worked with athletes training for the mile up to the marathon.
Annika grew up in the small town of Mendocino in Northern California where she played competitive soccer and later fell in love with running. She ran for Western State College of Colorado but struggled with injuries during that time due to celiac disease and endocrine disorders but has since improved her health and continues to train and compete.
While at Western State she was an all conference and all region athlete multiple times and made All American in cross country. Through her passion and desire to help others reach their goals and be a good teammate she found that her true love is coaching.
Annika's husband, Aaron Braun ran for Adams State and now is a top US runner for Adidas. Under Greg McMillan in 2012 he was 5th in the Olympic Trials 10k. They welcomed their first child into the world in Oct 2011 and since then she has won most of the races she has run. When not coaching, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and daughter, gluten free baking, hiking and spending time near any body of water.
Fast Mother Runner!
With husband Aaron and daughter MacKenzie
Ben Rosario – Coach
Ben Rosario is the head coach of Northern Arizona Elite, a professional distance running team in Flagstaff, Ariz. The team has won multiple National Championships and produced world class times including a 1:01 half marathon (Matt Llano), a 2:12 marathon (Jordan Chipangama) and a 15:21 5k (Kellyn Johnson).
He has also coached everyone from middle and high schoolers to complete beginners. Ben's accomplishments in the running industry include co-founding Big River Running Company in Saint Louis, Mo, directing the USA Cross Country Championships in 2012 and 2013 and directing the Nike Festival of Miles charity track meet. His own running career included PRs of 4:03 for the mile and 2:18 for the marathon.
When not coaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jen and daughter Addison and cheering for all St. Louis sports teams.
Ben finishing second at the 2005 USA Marathon Championships
With his two National Champions - Amy Van Alstine (XC) & Kellyn Taylor (25K)
With wife Jen and daughter Addison
Stephanie Del Giorgio – Coach
Stephanie discovered her passion for running at the age of 32, after the birth of her first daughter, and set her sights on running a marathon. She successfully trained and qualified for the Boston Marathon. She continues to run and race, setting and achieving one goal at a time, but Stephanie mostly enjoys the camaraderie of the sport and watching others achieve their goals.
As with many of our McMillan Running trained athletes, Stephanie manages a career, a family, and an energetic desire to improve as a runner. Because she developed her love of running later in life, Stephanie is able to connect with the McMillan athletes who have discovered their passion for running in adulthood. She also connects with those athletes faced with challenges stemming from conditions such as asthma, hypothyroidism, chronic injuries, etc. Stephanie enthusiastically shares her joy of running by motivating others to make the most of their ability and to make their running dreams a reality!
Stephanie's 15-year career as a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in sports massage continues to afford her the opportunity to work with runners of all levels on a weekly basis, including several professional runners. Having worked with coaches, physical therapists, trainers, chiropractors and physicians to help athletes address injuries, mechanical issues and rehabilitation schedules, Stephanie has gained valuable experience in identifying and resolving common, and not so common, running injuries. Stephanie's experience helping athletes train at the highest levels while managing the critical balance between injury and wellness through her bodywork knowledge is her greatest asset to McMillan Running's athletes.
Stephanie enjoys a very fulfilled family life. She is in constant motion with her family of two daughters (Alexis and Ashley), husband (Marty), two stepchildren and their spouses (Mark and Laura, Shannen and Brian) and her three grandchildren (Kaya, Landon and Aiden)!
Frequent flyer with pilot husband Marty
Jonny Wilson – Coach
Jonny ran Division I Cross-Country and Track & Field at the University of Richmond (VA) under the guidance of Steve Taylor. In 2010, he helped the Spiders earn the program's first Atlantic 10 Conference title and first NCAA Championship appearance. Upon graduating in 2011, Jonny began seeking out the many different training programs and philosophies of successful coach's and elite athletes in an effort to become the best possible distance runner he could. He became intrigued by Greg McMillan's work published in Running Times Magazine and followed Greg's 10k build-up training to "The Best 10k Workout," as well as Greg's "Workouts for Your Better Half (Marathon)" to help lead him to big PR's in both events.
Shortly after these races, Jonny visited Flagstaff to get a taste of altitude training and met Greg for the first time. Six months later, Jonny joined McMillan Running to coach under Greg and share his passion for the sport with runners, new and old, all over the world to empower them to accomplish their goals and chase down their dreams. Jonny is continuing to run and is focusing on longer distances in an effort to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Chasing the Olympic Dream!
Katie McGee – Coach
Katherine McGee has been competing as a national class road racer for nearly twenty years. As a mother of three and full-time teacher, she understands the desire to compete at the highest level possible while managing life, family, and work. She is currently enjoying success as a master’s competitor and is hoping to qualify for her fourth Olympic Trials Marathon.
Throughout her coaching career, Katie has trained a wide range of athletes. She has coached junior high and high school runners, beginners just hoping to complete a 5 or 10K race, first time and veteran marathon and half–marathoners, and Boston Marathon qualifiers.
Katherine enjoys watching her two teenagers run cross-country and track. Meanwhile, she is busy coaching baby Owen who is working hard at learning to crawl.
Katie mixing it up on the track with McMillan Elite
Her fast teenagers Phoebe and Eli. Taken after a sprint finish in the mile. They tied!!
With Rob and new baby Owen
Matt Llano – Coach
Matt initially started running in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer, but quickly realized his passion for the sport and made a transition to full-time runner his junior year. He began to flourish at the collegiate level, where he ran for the University of Richmond and earned three degrees: Psychology (B.S.), Latin American & Iberian Studies (B.A.), and Theatre (B.A.). While at UR, Matt was a Division I All-American and led the Spiders to the NCAA Championship in 2010, a first for the team. On the track he ran 14:00 for 5,000 meters and 28:43 for 10,000 meters.
Always hungry for more, Matt decided to pursue running as a career upon graduation in 2011. Though he was struck by an SUV during a training run in the summer of 2011, he showed his resilience and debuted at the half marathon distance in Houston less than five months later, running 63:26 - a promising start to a professional career. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Flagstaff, Arizona and was one of the founding athletes with Northern Arizona Elite, a professional training group coached by Ben Rosario. After a number of top-10 finishes at US Championship events in 2012 and 2013, he started off 2014 with a breakthrough performance at the U.S. Half Marathon Championship, where he placed 5th overall in a time of 61 minutes and 47 seconds. During that race, he also set personal bests for 15k (43:40), 10 miles (46:50), and 20k (58:33) and qualified to represent Team USA at the 2014 World Half Marathon Championship in Denmark. There he placed 35th, covering the distance in 62 minutes and 24 seconds.
Matt is a recent addition to the McMillan Running coaching staff and is excited to use his experiences to help runners of all ages and ability levels to achieve their goals.
Matt represented Team USA at the World Half-Marathon Championships
Emily Harrison – Coach
Emily ran for the cross country and track teams at the University of Virginia. After graduation she joined Adidas-McMillanElite and trained under Coach Greg McMillan. Under Greg's guidance, Emily qualified, at the 2011 Twin Cities Marathon (2:32:55), and competed in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.
In 2012, Emily entered her first ultramarathon and placed second in the prestigious JFK 50 Mile (6:17). She followed that up with a course record at Moab's Red Hot 55K (4:24). From her JFK performance, Emily was selected to the 2013 100k World Team and placed 7th female (26th overall) at the 2013 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. She is currently running for the Adidas Ultra Team and lives in Flagstaff, AZ.
Emily in her debut ultra: 2012 JFK 50 Mile
With her training partner, Super Bee.
Jake Puzey – Coach
Jacob Puzey is a runner and coach interested in helping others optimize their athletic potential while balancing work, family, and other life commitments.
By most standards, Jacob's running career did not start well. After nearly a year of training, he only managed to work his way up to #14 on his high school's JV cross country team as a freshman. However, through consistent training, Jacob earned a spot on the varsity team the following year and eventually won races and broke school records.
Jacob walked-on to the cross country team at NJCAA powerhouse, Ricks College, winning back-to-back NJCAA Cross Country Championships team titles in 2000 and 2001. He worked as a track coach and track meet director at BYU-Idaho before continuing his education and athletic career at NCAA DII school BYU-Hawaii where he broke school records in the 5K and 8K and led his team to two Pac-West Conference titles. Since BYU-Hawaii only had a cross country team, Jacob volunteered to coach the track team at the local high school, Kahuku, leading the team to its first state track title and several school and state records.
Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Jacob was asked to return to his Alma Mater, Hermiston High School, in rural Eastern Oregon to coach cross country and track. Desperate for guidance, he turned to mentors who directed him to McMillan Running. Each year saw Hermiston athletes on the podium at the state track & cross country championships, culminating with the school's first individual state champions in 800m, 1500m, and 3,000m in 2007 and the first state cross country team title in 2010. Before departing Oregon, every school record from 800m to 5,000m was broken.
Jacob applied McMillan Running principles to his own training and that of his wife, Jen, helping him break 2:30 for the marathon and helping Jen improve her 5K from 20:50 to 16:41.
As part of a marathon buildup in 2011, Jacob signed up for a trail 50K. He won that race and has since set numerous course records on various road and trail courses throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Jacob has gleaned coaching wisdom from each of the coaches with whom he has worked and implements their guiding training principles into his own training and the training of the athletes with whom he works.
Flying along the trails
With his family: wife Jen, son Cairo, and daughter Holland.
Jen Puzey – Camp Director
Jen Puzey is a competitive long distance runner who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from both high school and college. She currently works as an online personal trainer, running coach, and nutrition consultant. For the past ten years she has coached high school cross country and track runners to numerous state championships. She is the mother of two, and enjoys helping other busy parents learn how to balance the demands of work, parenthood, and running. She currently trains in Flagstaff, Arizona and is coached by her husband and McMillan coach Jacob Puzey.
Post Trail Ultra – Smiles and Scars with husband Jake
Building High School Champions
With her family: husband Jake, son Cairo, and daughter Holland
Kaley Thomas – Business & Operations Manager
Kaley Thomas has been working with McMillan Running since 2012 as the Business and Operations Manager. She worked in the financial services industry for Citigroup from 2006-2012 in Charleston, SC before moving to Flagstaff, AZ for greener pastures (and taller mountains). Since coming on board with McMillan her goal has been to facilitate an easy and pleasant experience for McMillan coaches and athletes so they can focus on what they do best: running!
In May of 2014 she continued her trek westward and landed in San Diego, CA, where she currently lives, works, and plays. Kaley is also a yoga instructor with a passion for injury prevention for athletes.
In her spare time, Kaley enjoys spending time with her superhero husband Taylor, and their two dogs, Beaugard and Blarney. Together, they enjoy traveling, hiking, riding bicycles, cooking, and taking many photos of all of the above.
Kaley hiking with her family: Husband Taylor and dogs, Beaugard and Blarney
Showing off some yoga circus tricks
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