About the Coach

Gordon MacFarland grew up in Ohio and competed in track and cross country at Lakewood High School. After graduating from Miami University (Ohio) he moved to Colorado, where he discovered a love for distance running. He moved east in 1981 and has been a New Englander ever since.  Gordon lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Credentials include:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Exercise is Medicine┬« Credential
  • Enrolled in the University of Vermont Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Certificate program developing interventions to enhance gait in masters runners
  • USA Track and Field Certified Coach – Level 1


  • 2019 Racing  – Age Division Results:  1st in Green Mountain Athletic Association Race Series (1M, 5K, 10K, 8M, 15K, 10M);  1st in Boston Athletic Association Distance Medley (5K, 10K, HM);  Won four events (5K, 15K, 10M, HM) in USATF-New England Grand Prix Series.
  • 2014 inductee into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame
  • Former sales associate at Marathon Sports, Boston MA
  • Masters degrees in public affairs and accounting, B.A. in psychology and graduate studies in food science and nutrition
  • Member, Parks Foundation of Burlington
  • Founder of the Vermont City Marathon

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