“Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish,” Scott Jurek 

Coach Claire Bartholic wasn’t always a runner.

She started running in her mid-30s simply to get in shape for her high school reunion. It wasn’t about getting faster or racing; it was, to be honest, mainly about vanity.

But something changed in her as the miles slowly added up. The reunion came and went and she kept running.

Already plant based, she finished her first marathon at age 38 in a respectable 4:02 and was immediately hooked. She became a student of the marathon using Jeff Gaudette’s training philosophy and RunnersConnect coaching. With dedicated coaching and training, she successfully lowered her marathon PR to 2:58, remarkably without injury, and entirely plant-based. Claire is a multiple-time Boston Marathon qualifier, state Master’s Marathon Champion, and a competitive Master’s athlete.

As a coach, she has led hundreds of athletes to the best performances of their lives through science-based training, nutrition, and mindset programs.

Claire is also the host of one of first and most popular running podcasts, The Run to the Top. With over 6 million downloads, thousands of runners listen to Claire interview the best in the sport each week as well as learn actionable lessons to become a better runner each episode!

But as amazing as it was to accomplish so much in her own running, Claire’s greater passion is helping others achieve their dreams. As a coach, she shares the tools and techniques she has learned to help athletes reach goals they never thought possible. 

As a plant-powered athlete, she loves creating and sharing amazing food to fuel the body and to nourish the soul. But you don’t have to be vegan or a 100% plant-based runner to work with her, just ready to be open to all the delicious possibilities!


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