Gary Ditsch

I completed my first marathon in May of 1999. While I felt that I had accomplished something great, there was a burning question:

"Can I run faster?"

That single question has lead to many of the goals that I have set ever since, whether in the classroom or the race course. As I continued to pursue endurance goals, I witnessed these pursuits impact many areas of my life. The goal of becoming "faster" lead me to realize that fitness and exercise were components of a complete style of living.

My desire to pursue performance continues, although I value the benefit running has on my health and happiness more than any other benefit.

My love of running and expertise as a coach as lead to many wonderful opportunities. I have been able to coach hundreds of runners to a finish line. This has including people finishing their first 5k, their 25th marathon, 600 km bike events, Ironman triathlons and other feats of endurance they felt compelled to achieve.

The best part about being a coach is watching athletes completely surprise themselves, by accomplishing goals they once thought impossible.

Running Coach Gary Ditsch


University of Kentucky
  • MS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BS in Exercise Science


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach