Stefano Profumo

Coach Stefano Profumo (, 9-3039)

BIO: Stefano is a Professor in the Physics Department at UC Santa Cruz. A late-
comer to the sport, Stefano traded addictions from chain-smoking to running in
2008. He then became a devoted disciple of the sport and an avid reader of running
books, magazines, and blogs. A member of the Santa Cruz Track Club since 2009,
Stefano trains primarily on local trails (Pogonip, upper UCSC campus, Wilder Ranch,
Nisene Marks), but also on the track and on roads. He enjoys distances from the 5K
(15:02 PR, 2011, Run in the name of love, Carmel) to the marathon (2:41:44, 2012
Napa Valley Marathon) – his favorite distance being the half marathon (1:13:48,
Inaugural Capitola Half Marathon).


Running taught me, and improved, my consistency,
discipline, determination, and that hard work always pays off. It’s a sport where
you get out of it as much as you get in it, and where the one to blame and to praise
is only yourself. Every dedicated runner I’ve met and talked with is an interesting,
motivated and fun person. My coaching philosophy is to try to convey all this, and to
deliver many kick-ass workouts!!


“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.” ?Steve Prefontaine

“Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness and self-
reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner. He learns

the harsh reality of the physical and mental limitations when he runs. He learns
that personal commitment, sacrifice and determination are his only means to
betterment. Runners only get promoted through self-conquest.” ?Noel Carroll

“On Saturday night, I said to myself, ‘Are you ready to deal with victory?’ I decided I
was.” ?Joan Benoit on her thoughts prior to winning the gold in the 1984 LA Olympic
marathon, the first women’s Olympic marathon


  • “Once a runner” by John L. Parker Jr
  • “Advanced Marathon training” by Pete Pfitzinger
  • “The Perfect Mile” by Neal Bascomb

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