Danny Dreyer, Founder & President

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"The (shared) private session was also incredibly valuable to me as "preventative medicine," which will allow me to avoid future pain and injury by running with proper alignment and form. I really appreciate all your wisdom, humor and good energy, and can't thank you enough." - Vicky W., April 2014

Danny Dreyer is the co-founder of ChiRunning and ChiWalking, revolutionary forms of moving that blend the subtle inner focuses of T'ai Chi with running and walking. His work is based on his study of T'ai Chi with Master Zhu Xilin and internationally renowned Master George Xu, and his 35 years of experience, running, racing ultra marathons and coaching people in “intelligent movement." He has taught thousands of people the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques with profound results. danny-dreyer-teaching

Danny's first book, ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running was released April 2004 by Simon & Schuster. ChiWalking: Five Mindful Steps to Lifelong Health and Energy was released in March 2006. ChiMarathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon was released March 2012 by Simon & Schuster.

Danny has been a featured speaker at the prestigious Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego Marathons, as well as at hundreds of other health and wellness events across the country. He has taught the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques to training groups such as the San Francisco Marathon, the AIDS Marathon, Team in Training, USA/FIT, AARP and many others. He has been on CNN, NPR and other news programs. He publishes a monthly newsletter and has been published in Running Times, Body & Soul Magazine, and others. He has received press in Time Warner's Health Magazine, AOL, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Elle, Washington Post, New York Times, Web MD and hundreds of newspapers, journals and web sites across the country and abroad. For a list of some current media attention, see our In the News page.

Dreyer is an accomplished Ultra Marathon runner (races longer than a marathon) and has raced every distance from a 10K to 100 miles. He has successfully completed 40 ultra-marathons since 1995, finishing in the top 3 in his age group in all but one. In August 2005 he placed second in his age group in the USATF National 50k Championships.

Danny has lived a lifestyle steeped in holistic living, meditation, and personal wellness for over 30 years. Healthy eating, physical exercise and rejuvenating activities are mainstays in his life and the foundation of what he teaches.

He empowers his students to live pro-active lives. Whether coaching a runner or a corporate executive, he teaches techniques that tap into one's inner strength and power.

Danny resides in Asheville, NC, with his wife, Katherine and their daughter, Journey. 

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Distance Time Place Race Name & Location Year
10K 38:50 Bolder Boulder, Boulder, CO 1998
1/2 Marathon 1:36:42 3rd Place 45-49 Lake Chabot Trail Challenge, San Leandro, CA 1999
Marathon 3:04:18 1st Place 50-55, 40th overall Big Sur Marathon, Camel Valley, CA 2002
50K 3:41:27 1st Place 45-49, 1st overall Helen Klein 50K, Sacramento, CA 1998
50 Miles (road) 6:26:49 3rd Place 45-49 (USATF), 7th overall Helen Klein 50 mile Ultra Classic, Sacramento, CA 1997
50 Miles (trail) 6:32:43 2nd Place 45-49 (USATF), 10th overall Sunmart Texax Trail Endurance Run, Huntsville, TX 1997
100 Miles 22:23:44 3rd Place 40-49, 8th overall Leadville Trail 100, Leadville, CO 1996
Race Location Time & Place Date
Boston Marathon Boston, MA 3:36 April 18, 2011
Dupont Forest Half Marathon Dupont Forest, NC April 9, 2011
Shut-in Trail Race 18 mi. climb 3000' Asheville, NC 3:34 - 1st Place 60-65 Nov. 17, 2009
Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon Asheville, NC 1:37:38 - 1st Place 55-59 Sept. 12, 2009
USATF National 10K Trial Championships Laurel Springs, NC 1:02:46 - 1st Place 55-59 Aug. 29, 2009
Disney World Half Marathon Orlando, FL 1:39:28 - 10th Place 55-59 Jan. 10, 2009
Disney World Marathon Orlando, FL 3:36:15 - 11th Place 55-59 Jan. 11, 2009
Goofy Challenge Orlando, FL 5:15:43 - 3rd Place 55-59 Jan. 11-12, 2009
Disneyland Half Marathon Anaheim, CA 1:39:06 - 4th Place 55-59 Sept. 30, 2008
Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon Asheville, NC 1:40:10 - 1st Place 55-59 Sept. 13, 2008
Marine Corps Marathon Washington, DC 3:35:14 Oct. 28, 2007
Sunset Stampede 10-Miler Asheville, NC 1:12:51 - 1st Place 55-59 May 5, 2007
Disney World Marathon Orlando, FL 1:36:14 - 4th Place 55-59 Jan. 6, 2007
Disneyland Half Marathon Anaheim, CA 1:32:48 - 3rd Place 55-59 Jan. 7, 2006
Headlands 50K: National Masters 50K Trail Championship Mill Valley, CA 5:41:05 - 2nd Place 55-59 Aug. 7, 2005
Big Sur International Marathon Carmel, CA 3:19:12 - 5th place 55-59 April 24, 2005
Headlands 50K: National Masters 50K Trail Championship Mill Valley, CA 5:20:22 - 1st place 50-54 Aug. 21, 2004
Golden Gate Headlands 50K Mill Valley, CA 5:20:22 - 1st place 50-54, 28th overall April 25, 2004
Big Sur International Marathon Carmel, CA 3:18:46 - 6th place 50-59, 83rd overall April 19, 2004
Boston Marathon Boston, MA 3:18:47 - 49th place 50-59, 1331 overall March 13, 2004
Way Too Cool 50K Auburn, CA 4:41:20 - 3rd place 50-54, 57th overall Dec. 12, 2003
California International Marathon Sacramento, CA 3:14:56 - 6th place 50-59, 265th overall Aug. 23, 2003
Golden Gate Headlands 50K: USATF National 50K Trail Championships Mill Valley, CA 4:55:50 - 1st place 50-54, 33rd overall March 8, 2003
Way Too Cool 50K Auburn, CA 4:29:45 - 1st place 50-54, 51st overall Nov. 30, 2002
Quadruple Dipsea (28.4 miles) Mill Valley, CA 4:59:17 – 1st place 50-59, 20th overall Aug. 24, 2002
Golden Gate Headlands 50K: USATF National Trail Championships Marin County, CA 4:46:46 – 2nd place 50-55, 32nd overall April 28, 2002
Big Sur International Marathon Carmel, CA 3:04:18 – 1st place 50-54, 40th overall Nov. 24, 2001
Quadruple Dipsea (28.4 miles) Mill Valley, CA 5:22:20 – 1st place 50-59, 5th overall Nov. 10, 2001
Helen Klein 50 Mile Endurance Run Sacramento, CA 7:10:49 – 2nd place 50-59, 5th overall Oct. 13, 2001
Dick Collins' Firetrails 50 Mile Endurance Run Lake Chabot Regional Park, San Leandro, CA 8:3959 - 2nd place 50-59, 14th overall Aug. 25, 2001
Golden Gate Headlands 50K Mill Valley, CA 4:46:33 - 1st place 50-59, 13th overal June 23, 2001
Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Squaw Valley, CA 23:52:51 - 7th place 50-59, 86th overall May 5, 2001
Miwok 100k Marin Headlands, CA 11:03:50 - 1st place 50-59, 19th Overall April 7, 2001
American River 50 Mile Endurance Race Sacramento, CA 7:15:17 - 1st place 50-59, 14th overall March 10, 2001
Way Too Cool 50K Cool, CA 4:19:18 - 2nd place 50-59, 27th overall Feb. 10, 2001
Jed Smith 50K Sacramento, CA 3:52:58 - 3rd place 50-59, 11th overall Nov. 24, 2000
Quadruple Dipsea (28.4 miles) Marin County, CA 4:59:26 - 1st place 50-59, 20th overall Aug. 26, 2000
Golden Gate Headlands 50K Marin County, CA 4:45:02 - 1st place 50-59, 6th overall Aug. 6, 2000
Skyline 50K Endurance Run Castro Valley, CA 4:25:43 - 1st place 50-59, 12th overall May 13, 2000
Quicksilver 50K San Jose, CA 4:30:31 - 3rd place 50-59, 10th overall April 1, 2000
American River 50 Mile Sacramento, CA 7:22:05 - 1st place 50-59, 15th overall March 1, 2000
Way too cool 50K Cool, CA 4:28:10 - 2nd place 50-59, 29th overall Feb. 12, 2000
Jed Smith 50K Sacramento, CA 3:50:10 - 2nd place 50-59, 11th overall Nov. 27, 1999
Quadruple Dipsea (28.4 miles) Mill Valley, CA 4:57:54 - 1st place 50-59, 20th overall Sept. 6, 1999
Pacific Sun 10K Greenbrae, CA 39:52 - 18th place 40-49 (631 entrants), 155th overall Aug. 1, 1999
Skyline 50K San Leandro, CA 4:24:15 - 1st place 45-49, 3rd place 40-49, 9th overall May 23, 1999
Lake Chabot Trail Challenge Half Marathon San Leandro, CA 1:36:58 - 7th place 45-49, 27th overall April 10, 1999
American River 50 Mile Sacramento, CA 7:09:51 3rd place 45-49, 24th overall March 13, 1999
Way Too Cool 50K Auburn, CA 4:09:27 - 3rd place 45-49, 18th overall Feb. 13, 1999
Jed Smith 50K Sacramento, CA 3:41:37 - 3rd place 45-49, 11th overall Jan. 1, 1999
DSE Hangover Run - 3.7 miles San Francisco, CA 24:00 - 1st place 40-49, 10th overall Dec. 12, 1998
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50 Mile Huntsville, TX
USATF National Masters Trail Championships 7:09:31 - 4th place 45-49 (2nd place USATF 45-49), 15th overall Nov. 14, 1998
Helen Klein 50K Sacramento, CA 3:45:31 - 1st overall, 1st place 40-49 May 25, 1998
Bolder Boulder 10K Boulder, CO 38:50 - 2nd in 48 yr. old age grp., 512th overall (37,554 entrants) April 25, 1998
Collegiate Peaks 25 mile Endurance Run Buena Vista, CO 3:29:59 - 1st place 45-49, 8th overall Dec. 20, 1997
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50 mile Huntsville, TX
1997 USATF National Masters Trail Championships 6:32:43 - 2nd place 45-49 (USATF), 10th overal Nov. 15, 1997
Helen Klein 50 mile Ultra Classic Sacramento, CA
1997 USATF National Championships (road) 6:26:49 - 3rd place 45-49, 7th overall April 26, 1997
Collegiate Peaks 50 mile Endurance Run Buena Vista, CO (low point on the course is 9,800') 8:03:30 - 1st place 40-49, 4th overall Dec. 14, 1996
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50 mile Trail Huntsville, TX 6:33:14 - 1st place 45-49, 11th overall Aug. 23, 1996
Leadville Trail 100 Leadville, CO (low point on the course is 9,600') 22:23:44 - 3rd place 40-49, 8th overal April 6, 1996
American River 50 mile Sacramento, CA 6:49:20 - 2nd place 40-49, 11th overall Dec. 20, 1995
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50 mile Huntsville, TX 6:52:21 - 1st place 45-49, 8th overall Nov. 16, 1995
JFK 50 mile Endurance Run Williamsport, MD 7:17:24 - 1st place 45-49, 10th overal Sept. 24, 1995
50 Mile Front Range Ultra Extravaganza Boulder, CO 6:29:53 - 1st place 40-49, 2nd place overall
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