He’s been called the Pied Piper of the second running boom-and for good reason. Since his column, “The Chronicles,” started in Runner’s World magazine in May of 1996, John “The Penguin” Bingham has become one of the running community’s most popular and recognized personalities.
As the voice of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series for 10 years, John celebrated the victories of millions of runners and walkers as they crossed the finish line. As a clinician and moderator, John has worked with running legends Frank Shorter, Meb Keflezighi, Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, and many, many more.
Through his books and his columns John has inspired a generation of new athletes to find joy in walking, running, and racing. His transformation from a life of “sedentary confinement” to marathoner has become a model for people of all ages and abilities. Now, in cooperation with Coach Jenny Hadfield, John provides life changing adventures for runners and walkers of all abilities.
Once an overweight couch potato, he looked mid-life in the face-and got moving. “Through running, I create myself as I have always wanted to be. Nothing in my experience was as powerful as crossing the finish line of my first race. With that single step, I overcame a lifetime of unkept promises to myself.” His message has universal appeal-to elite runners at the Boston Marathon and members of local running and walking clubs alike.
His first book, The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life, has been among the top 10 running books since it’s publication (Simon & Schuster, April 1999.) In April 2002, John’s book No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running was published by Rodale Press.
John’s latest book, An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age [Velo Press, 2011] is in turns inspiring, poignant, hilarious, and motivational.
Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person’s Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Full or Half Marathon, and Running for Mortals, co-authored by Coach Jenny Hadfield [published by Rodale Press] have become the indispensable guides for thousands of new and experienced runners and walkers.
Jenny Hadfield is a running and fitness expert and running vacation adventurepreneur who inspires every day mortals to run their best lives and earn beautiful views along the way. She touches thousands of readers that span the globe in her weekly column on RunnersWorld.com, her features in Women’s Running Magazine, her newsletters and how-to videos.
Jenny is a published author of two books, Running for Mortals and Marathoning for Mortals. She’s been featured in Women’s Health, Prevention, Health, Cooking Light, Outside, Forbes, Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, and Good Morning America – Health. Jenny is a Training Intelligence Specialist for PEAR Sports. She’s twice been voted in the Greatist Top 100 Health & Fitness Influencers.
Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Health Promotion and a Masters Degree in Exercise Science. She has competed in running and adventure races all over the world including the Eco-Challenge, the Boston Marathon, the Antarctica Marathon, Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon and the Inca Trail Marathon.
After building several successful running and multi-sport training companies, Jenny has returned to what she loves most: coaching, writing and creating life-changing running vacations and adventures. With her real-life advice, Jenny inspires every day mortals to believe they can achieve amazing things and then guides, supports and encourages them right down to the finish line.