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We’ve developed a community for all runners seeking to connect, engage and learn from our professional coaching staff with insights, training plans and anything you wanted to know about running, but didn’t know who to ask.

Our team has over one hundred years of running and coaching experience who are ready to share the latest research, provide you with guest speakers and industry experts both in person and virtual.

We will offer specific guidance for running Half Marathons, 10K, 5K marathons with specialized content and programming. Our team is so excited to have you and your families join us on this journey.

World Runners United's professional coaches for runners



  • Professional running coach

  • Founder of the Marathon Coalition

  • Trained over 20,000 runners throughout the world.

  • Completed 32 marathons

  • Qualified for the Boston Marathon each time.

  • Marathon Personal Best: 2 hours 33 min 33 sec.

  • Half-Marathon Personal Best: 1 hour 12 min

  • 10K Personal Best: 32:25

  • 5K Personal Best: 16:05

  • Ranked 5th in the U.S. at 100K

  • Man of the Year for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Carried the Olympic Torch in 2004

  • Awarded the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Humanitarian Award

  • Awarded the Community Service Award by the Mass School of Professional Psychology.

  • Cancer survivor

Coch Rick Muhr


  • Director of Athletics & Physical Education

  • Teacher and coach for 22+ years

  • Masters Degrees in Education (Providence College)

  • Education Leadership (New York University)

  • Physical Education (University of Nebraska Kearney)

  • Coached and managed over 5,000 athletes

  • Coached soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, & track

  • New York Road Runner (NYRR)

  • Completed 8 marathons (5 NYC, 1 Chicago, 1 Boston, 1 Philadelphia)

  • Marathon Personal Best: 4 hours 2 min 56 sec

  • Half-Marathon Personal Best: 1 hour 44 min 8 sec

  • 150+ road races completed

  • Hobbies include … reading, gardening, cooking, golfing, and of course, running!

Coach Joe Grande


  • ​Coached over 150 USATF and AAU National Champions

  • USA Track & Field Level 1 Certification

  • USA Track & Field National Cross Country Specialist Certification

  • USA Track & Field Sports Sciences Certification

  • USA Track & Field Level 2 Coaching Certification

  • Safe Sport Certification

  • Director of The Running School Camps for advanced training

  • MSED In Education

  • MSED in School Administration

  • 40 Years of Training and Racing Experience

  • 25+ Years as Race Event and Meet Director

  • 2021 Positive Coaching Alliance Regional Double-Goal Coach of the Year Award

  • 2019 AAU Zone Coach of the Year Award

  • 2014 USATF Region 1 Coach of the Year Award

  • 35 years as a cross country, track & field, road racing circuit coach in NYC

  • Former NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete

Coach Sean Rice


A seasoned professional runner hailing from Romania, I earned my stripes at the University of Toledo, achieving All-American status in the mile. My academic pursuits led me to a master's degree in public health education and promotion, enhancing my understanding of holistic well-being. Transitioning to coaching, I served as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo, where I honed my skills in nurturing athletic talent. Currently, I extend my expertise globally through online coaching, working with runners of all levels and diverse disciplines, ranging from the intense 800m sprints to the enduring challenges of the marathon. My commitment extends beyond personal achievements, fueled by a genuine passion for running and a desire to contribute to the health and wellness of others.

  • Romanian Champion in the 1500m

  • Balkan Champion 1500m

  • Francophone Games Medalist 

  • National record holder 4x1500m

  • Former NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete 

  • All-American 1 mile

  • European Championships qualifier 

  • World Championships qualifier 

  • Romanian Champion in the 1500m

  • Balkan Champion 1500m

  • Francophone Games Medalist 

  • National record holder 4x1500m

  • Former NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete 

  • All-American 1 mile

  • European Championships qualifier 

  • World Championships qualifier 

  • MAC champion in 1500m, 1mile, 800m -and DMR

  • Named Most Outstanding Athlete of       the Year in 2020.

  • Master’s in public health 

  • Professional Athlete for over 10 yrs

  • Coaching athletes for 3 years 

  • Hobbies: cooking, hiking, golfing,     walking with my dog (a cute labradoodle named Hopper).

Coach Petronela Burr


  • ​Education: Brandeis, Tufts, and University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ

  • ​Professional Credentials: A Board Certified Periodontal and Reconstructive Dental Surgeon. Associate Professor of Periodontal Surgery, New York University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey​

  • Academic/Scientific Focus: Clinical research of new treatment methods in periodontology and implantology. Research and development of unique, safe, reliable products to improve the quality of life while respecting the environment, in the areas of Pain Relief, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Cosmetics and Hemp

  • Published Works and Awards: Coauthored over 20 academic publications, given numerous lectures at national and international conferences, and awarded several top-ranking academic grants, prizes and honors,​

  • Patents Held: Founder of 31 patents (14 awarded patents and 17 patents pending, including a patent on stabilization of Exosomes for topical use).




  • ​International Sales Manager for division of NCR

  • CEO/Founder of Computer Source International & it’s subsidiary Customized Dental Computer Systems

  • Senior Vice President  of Sandata (public company) a developer of Healthcare Software

  • CEO/Founder of Fastrack Healthcare System a leading developer of enterprise solutions for Home medical equipment providers. Infusion Pharmacies and Home health care agencies in U.S and internationally.

  • BA in Economics - LIU

  • MBA in International Business - George Washington University

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