PETE MAGILL is a 56-year-old masters runner, coach, and writer. He is the lead author of Build Your Running Body (a book that Runner’s World founder, Bob Anderson, called “the best running book ever”), The Born Again Runner, and the just-published SpeedRunner, and he’s a former senior writer and columnist for Running Times magazine, as well as a longtime contributor to Runner’s World, Competitor, and other fitness publications. In his 30s, Magill was a screenwriter, with script sales to New Line Cinema and Disney. Currently, he heads the SpeedRunner training program, which will sponsor three SpeedRunner Combine competitive events in the summer of 2018, beginning with a Combine at John Muir HS on June 16. Magill has coached at the youth, high school, open, and masters levels. Over the past fifteen years, he’s led his Southern California clubs to two dozen masters national championships in cross country and road racing. He’s a five-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year, the fastest-ever American distance runner over age 50 on the roads for 5K (15:02) and 10K (31:11), holds multiple American and world age-group records, and, in 2016, was inducted into the USA Masters Hall of Fame. Magill lives in South Pasadena, California, and competes for the Cal Coast Track Club.