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Jennifer Burningham Bio

Professional Coaching

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Jennifer has successfully coached over 1000 athletes to completion of marathons, half marathons, triathlons and road races of varying lengths. Jennifer is a Certified Coach for Endurance Training for both walking and running. Jennifer is also a Certified Personal Trainer through 24 Hour Fitness, NASM, as well as being certified in TRX Suspension Training.

Health & Fitness Background

Jennifer started running at 16 years of age. At Sunset High School, she was on the team that won the state championships in cross country in 1989 and 1990. Her senior year, 1991, they placed 3rd at state. Jennifer ran the 800 meters throughout high school and after an undefeated season, placed 3rd at state track finals her senior year.

After high school Jennifer competed collegially at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Her team won the NAIA National Championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994 in cross country. This team is still the only one in NAIA history to win back to back to back National cross country titles. She was the team captain in 1993 and an All American Cross Country Athlete 1994.

Jennifer ran her first marathon (Seattle Marathon) in November of 1995, placing 3rd in a time of 2:57.21. She continued to train for marathons and in 1999, ran her third marathon in Portland, placed 2nd and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Marathon Team Trials with a time of 2:48.24. In February 2000 at the Olympic Trials, she placed 50th in the nation and had a wonderful experience.

Coaching Philosophy - In her words...

“I firmly believe that whatever goal you have, it is attainable. Investing in your health boosts confidence, especially when you reach up to the challenge, seize it and surpass your own expectations. My goal as a coach is to help you along the way and provide you with positive support, encouragement, and the proper workouts to help you attain your goal(s). “

“Be assured that your goals are my number one focus. With my experience in the field as a runner, my professional certifications and seven years of training, your workouts will be safe, functional, fun and results driven. ”


Bachelor of Science, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, May 1996
Double Major: English Professional Writing & Natural Science

Certified Coach & Endurance Trainer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Team in Training June 2000, San Diego, CA

Certified Personal Trainer, 24Hr Fitness 24/5 Program October 2003, Portland, OR

Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Fall 2003 -Present, Portland, OR


Certified Personal Trainer - February 2010 - Present Tri-D Fitness, Portland , Oregon

Head Coach & Founder - February 2005 - January 2011 Run For A Cause, Portland , Oregon

Certified Personal Trainer - July 2006 - January 2010 ADAPT Fitness, Beaverton, Oregon

Certified Personal Trainer - October 2003 - July 2006 24 Hour Fitness, Beaverton

Head Coach & Trainer for State of Oregon - October 2000 - January 2005 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Team in Training, Portland

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