Coach Rick's personal best marathon time is 2:33.
Coach Rick Muhr brings 14 years of marathon coaching experience to the Museum's marathon team. His ability to motivate and inspire has helped thousands of runners cross the finish lines of many marathons. For 12 years, Rick was head coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training, preparing runners for marathons not only in Boston, but also in Bermuda, other locations around the United States, and Dublin.
Although Rick's basic training program gets runners of all abilities to the starting line, he customizes the program to meet each individual's goals. He educates his runners on important topics such as core strengthening, stretching, the mechanics of running (e.g., form and pace), nutrition, fueling for workouts and recovery, injury prevention, cross-training, sport psychology, and running-shoe and proper apparel selection.
In addition, Rick is always focused on fundraising, building on his experience as a participant in the Team In Training program as a runner, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year Campaign (in which Rick was chosen as Man of the Year), and his Run Across Massachusetts event to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.
Personal Running History
- Rick has completed 36 marathons, including eight in Boston — all as a qualifier.
- His marathon personal record is 2:33 (Chicago Marathon).
- 1983: Rick was ranked fifth in the country at 100K (62 miles).
- 2002: Running entirely on a track, Rick completed 50 miles in ten hours to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year campaign (and he was chosen the 2002 Man of the Year).
- 2004: For Run Across Massachusetts, Rick ran 165 miles in five days — from the New York border to the State House in Boston — to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics.
- 2006: Rick ran 62 miles on a track to raise funds for the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Latino Mental Health Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.