Before reaching the start line on race day, teams of people never cease to work behind the scenes to deliver you the best race experience. So who are these people providing essential training tips, coaching advice and workouts to help you reach your goal on race day?
Meet: Mario Fraioli
Role: Senior Editor of Competitor Magazine; Author of The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training
Originally from Auburn, MA, Mario was first exposed to the sport of running in high school, when he joined the cross country team for off season training in preparation for basketball. Although basketball was his first love, he found solace in running and was a natural at the sport. He continued running through college, earning “… All-American honors in cross country at Stonehill College in 2003, and owns personal bests ranging from 4:09.77 in the mile to 2:28:25 in the marathon.” [Source: mariofraioli.com]
It’s no surprise that Mario’s passion for running sprouted into a career. He managed a running store in Westboro, MA, and freelanced for a number of publications, including Competitor, Triathlete and Running Times, amongst others which led him to his current role at CGI. As Senior Editor of Competitor Magazine and Author of The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training, Mario enjoys sharing his passion for the sport, coaching athletes and providing essential tips and tricks to runners regardless of their background.
Favorite Part of His Job:
“I never feel like I’m working! I am living the dream every day.”
In his spare time…
Mario enjoys spending time with his wife, coaching athletes and reading anything that he can get his hands on.
“I am red-green colorblind, I don’t have a middle name and I lived in Oregon for 2 months after college and tried to “make it” as a pro runner.”
Whether you’re running your first Rock ‘n’ Roll Race, or your 20th, Mario Fraioli will help you prepare for your next event. Watch why it matters.
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