RJ Cowan

RJ Cowan competed in cross country and track and field at the University of Texas at Tyler where he became a two-time All-American, South/Southeast Regional Champion as well as a multi-time school record holder. While running as much as 129 miles/week, RJ honed his craft and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Kinesiology in 2010.

          Post-collegiately, RJ was accepted into the Elite Development program for the Chicago Marathon after posting a 1:09:39 half marathon and earned several podium finishes at major half marathons. In 2014, RJ began pursuing longer distances, completing multiple ultra-marathons and trail races.
          Since 2009, RJ has been coaching runners of all ages. At the high school level, he coached the Brook Hill Track and Field distance runners to their first ever State Champion in the 1600m, and State Runner-Up in the 3200m in 2009 and the TK Gorman cross country team to the state championship meet later that year. From 2011-2015 RJ coached cross country and track & field at the University of Texas at Tyler, coaching several athletes to lifetime personal records and conference championship titles. From 2016-present he has provided professional consult for runners whose goals ranged from 5K to ultramarathon.
          RJ began his career as a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010. He has taught Exercise Physiology, Principles of Training, Sports Nutrition, Fitness Assessment Skills and Marathon Training, where he coached 25+ first-time runners to complete a marathon, which was featured on ESPN360. RJ’s passion is to help runners reach their goals and meet their potential, no matter the distance.




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