Twenty years of Team In Training
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National Spokespeople

Team In Training (TNT) has more than 1,100 coaches working throughout the United States and Canada to help get participants in proper shape to complete a marathon, half-marathon, hiking adventure, triathlon or 100-mile (century) bicycle ride. They are a resource for every facet of the TNT experience, from purchasing the right apparel to improving racing technique and diet.

Coaches travel with their teams to each event and are along the race route to encourage and guide the athletes. The program's head coaches include some of the nation's top endurance sports innovators.

Marty LiquoriMarty Liquori - National Chairman & Spokesperson
Marty has served as national spokesperson for TNT since 1990 and has been an influence in the world of sports and fitness for three decades. After running a sub-four-minute mile in high school, he became the top-ranked miler and 5,000-meter runner in the world. In Mexico City, in 1968, he became the youngest person to participate in the Olympic 1,500-meter finals.

Marty conceived of the idea of a sporting goods store that sold only athletic shoes. He created the Athletic Attic chain, which grew to 250 stores by 1980.

As a broadcaster, Marty has covered six Olympics, 25 New York City Marathons, eight Ironman triathlons and numerous other sports events. He is currently host and producer of Saucony Running and Racing on ESPN.

"I was asked to be (TNT) chairman because of my work as an ESPN commentator and former world class runner," he said. "Ironically, a few months later I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. I was now beyond just volunteering. I realized that the work of LLS through Team In Training was helping me.  I learned how important this program is rather quickly. Fortunately, others had been working on these cures before I came along."

John "The Penguin" Bingham
John Bingham is an author, columnist, and comic, and the spokesperson for the slow-running movement. Known to his flock as "The Penguin" for his waddling pace Bingham has, for two decades, encouraged runners of all shapes, sizes, and speeds to follow his example and change their lives for the better by taking up the sport.

His popular column The Penguin Chronicles ran for 14 years in Runner's World magazine and now appears in Competitor magazine. Bingham has written several books including An Accidental Athlete, a memoir that tells for the first time the story of how Bingham took up running at the age of 43 to become the unlikely icon of today's running boom. Bingham is spokesman for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program and voice of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series.

Jack Daniels, Ph.D.Jack Daniels, Ph.D. - National Advisory Run Coach  
Jack Daniels has over 40 years experience as a collegiate and post-collegiate track and cross-country coach. He has coached 30 individual NCAA National Champions, 8 NCAA National Team Champions and 130 All-Americans at SUNY Cortland. He was named two-time NCAA National Coach of the Year and Women's Cross Country Coach of the 20th Century. He has also coached an Olympic medal winner in the women's marathon and three sub-2:10 male marathoners. Jack was the altitude Consultant for the U.S. Track Team during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and color commentator for CBC Television for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec. He is the winner of Silver and Bronze Olympic Medals, a World Championship Medal and was twice US National Champion, all in Modern Pentathlon. Jack has written five books on running, over 50 articles in scientific journals, plus numerous articles on running and training in popular magazines, and has conducted numerous research studies involving elite athletes. He is currently an Associate Professor in Human Movement at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, and coaches distance runners at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina. He has been the National Advisory Run Coach since 1997. Runners World (January 2008 issue) voted Jack again as the "World's best running coach."

Arnie BakerArnie Baker, M.D. - National Cycle Coach   
Dr. Baker is a five-time national champion who has 180-plus career wins. He has coached 75 national cycling champions and 28 U.S record holders. Dr. Baker is the author of six books on cycling, including The Essential Cyclist, and is columnist at Bicycling magazine and other publications.

Dave ScottDave Scott - National Triathlon Coach   
Dave  is one of America's most famous and important triathletes. A six-time Ironman champion and first inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame, Dave has been a figurehead in the sport of triathlon for more than 20 years. In addition to his coaching work, Dave is a sought-after speaker and seminar presenter.

Tom DooleyTom Dooley - National Walk Coach
Tom is a two-time Olympian. He won a silver medal in race walking at the 1971 Pan American Games, was a member of the National Race-Walking Team from 1967-1980 and holds 11 American race-walking records. As the head walking coach for LLS's Northern California Division, Tom has trained more than 1,100 TNT participants.

Carolyn BallingCarolyn Balling - National Advisory Hike Coach
Carolyn Balling has been with the hike program since its creation in October 2004. After coaching more than 1,000 TNT marathon walk participants over 16 seasons in the San Francisco Bay area, she switched her allegiance to hiking and continues to coach the team today. Carolyn has been an avid hiker since her Girl Scouts days. She has put her master's degree in environmental education and her career as a corporate trainer to good use, coaching more than 700 hikers (and counting) in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and on the national TNT Flex Hike Team. As National Advisor, she has certified new hike leaders since 2007. Carolyn was her chapter's 2010 Woman of the Year.


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