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Set your goals high and don’t stop til you get there.
–Bo Jackson


As a former run specialty store owner I’ve tried on just about every shoe known to man and would go under oath to tell you that no shoe that’s this light (and I love lightweight shoes) has given me this much cushion underneath my feet.

Ben has been just about everything in the running industry; elite athlete, special events director for a big city marathon, running store owner, marketing director, elite athlete coordinator and of course…coach. His number one passion though, has always been the competitive side of the sport and he brings a healthy obsession for success to his role as coach/president of Northern Arizona Elite.

Ben has coached everyone from third graders, to beginning adult runners to World Championship performers. His motivational skills and training knowledge have translated to success at every level. His work with the Big River Racing Team in Saint Louis produced three different Olympic Trials qualifiers; Shannon Leinert (800), Julie Lossos (Marathon) and Adam MacDowell (Marathon). He also led Canadian Stephanie Hood to top-11 finishes at the Boston (2:44:44) and Chicago (2:35:09) Marathons in 2008 as well as the Canadian Cross Country Title.

In his first three years with Northern Arizona Elite he guided Matt Llano to a 1:01:47 half marathon and a 2:12:28 marathon. Craig Lutz (XC), Kellyn Taylor (25k) and Amy Van Alstine (XC) won National titles. Kellyn ran 15:21 for 5,000 meters, 31:40 for 10,000 meters, 1:10:59 for the half marathon and 2:28:40 for the marathon. Rochelle Kanuho (32:08) and Stephanie Bruce (32:14) both ran Olympic A Standard times for 10,000 meters. Matt Llano and Kellyn Taylor both finished sixth at the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon and Kellyn and Scott Fauble both finished fourth in the 10,000 meters at the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials. In the first half of 2017; Stephanie Bruce and Scott Fauble competed at the World Cross Country Championships, Martin Hehir (13:29), Craig Lutz (13:36) and Futsum Zienasellassie (13:34) ran PRs at 5,000 meters while Steph (31:59), Ben Bruce (28:09) and Martin (28:08) ran PRs at 10,000 meters. The fall of 2017 has seen Aaron Braun finish 12th at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:13:41 with Scott Smith (2:12:21), Scott Fauble (2:12:35) and Matt Llano (2:13:42) were 8th, 9th and 12th at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon.

Ben was a Division II All American at tiny Truman State University, before landing a spot on the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project team in 2003. There he became the youngest qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Trials Marathon where he finished 37th. He returned to his hometown of Saint Louis in the summer of 2005 and that fall finished second at the U.S. Marathon Championships at the Twin Cities Marathon. He ended his career with personal bests of 4:03 in the mile and 2:18 in the marathon.