Jason Koop

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His journey from a cross-country runner at Texas A&M to ultra coach started with a postgraduation internship at CTS in the summer of 2001. A runner in a company of predominantly cycling coaches, Koop was quickly drafted and trained to be the company’s lead running coach. 

“I am currently the Director of Coaching for Carmichael Training Systems. I began coaching youth track and field when I was a teenager, and ever since then I have been hooked on making athletes perform at their best. I joined Carmichael Training Systems in 2001 to work with the best coaches in the industry. My life revolves around sport and the outdoors. If you venture out to the Rocky Mountains, you will be sure to find me running, cycling, camping or fishing somewhere.

Ultramarathons are not just longer marathons, and you can’t train for them by simply doing more running. Ultrarunning presents unique training and nutrition challenges and requires a totally new approach to preparation.”



Jason has based his proven program and guidance on sound sports science, the most current research, and years of experience, and he has coached the sport’s star runners to podium performances.
In 2006 he traveled around the United States coaching and supporting Dean Karnazes as the “Ultramarathon Man” ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. He did an incredible job helping Dean  to complete this challenge. Karnazes again tapped Koop’s expertise in 2011 for “Regis and Kelly’s Run Across America with Dean Karnazes,” a nearly 3,000-mile cross-country run.

His training approach includes all aspects of life and for him coaching is a two-way street, where he gets inspired as much by his athletes as the other way around.

He is also an accomplished ultrarunner in his own right having finishes in some of the most difficult races on the planet including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, two top-10 finishes at the Leadville Trail 100, 330K Tor des Géants, Wasatch 100, Bear 100 and Western States 100.  

In his book Training Essentials for Ultrarunning Jason Koops guides you how to train smarter, race faster and maximize our ultra performance.

Ultramarathons are not just longer marathons, and you can’t train for them by simply doing more running. Ultrarunning presents unique training and nutrition challenges and requires a totally new approach to preparation.

Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is your best guide to preparing for ultramarathon. Unlike so many “it worked for me” training books, Coach Jason Koop’s proven program and guidance are based on sound sports science, the most current research, and years of experience coaching the sport’s star runners to podium performances. You’ll Gain:

  • The science behind maximizing ultramarathon performance.
  • Common ultramarathon failure points, and how to fix them.
  • How to use interval training to focus workload, make bigger improvements, reduce injury risk, and race faster and smarter.
  • Simple and effective fueling and hydration strategies.
  • The A.D.A.P.T. method of working through a race day crisis.
  • How to plan your season for ultimate success.
  • Course-by-course coaching guide to North American Ultras
  • How to boost your chances of reaching your goal, whether that’s finishing or winning!

Jason launched the Koopcast by the end of 2019, "chunking the ultrarunning knowledge bombs" in an informative and entertaining way.

Jason's training approach includes all aspects of life and for him coaching is a two-way street, where he gets inspired as much by his athletes as the other way around. He sticks to facts and sums up the essentials.

On Instagram Jason explained November 12, 2019: The research landscape is enormous, far too vast for a reasonable person to consume. All too often, coaches and other practitioners who work with athletes disseminate articles they come across on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. This way of information dissemination, in many cases, create a very insular view of the landscape (you only follow who you choose, and the channel’s algorithms are tuned to serve you more of what you like). Personally, it has been an effort to make sure that I am receiving a balanced perspective of the sports science landscape.

On the nutrition front, I follow RDs and nutritionists who work in team sports, combat sports, and the speed and power sports as well as endurance sports. Some of them laude ketogenic and low carb diets. I follow vegans, carnivores, whole-foodies and everyone in between."

He says that position papers generally do an excellent job of researching all aspects of a particular topic and then presenting a consensus of the literature. They do this by leveraging many people  and many individual papers.

"I try to get my eyeballs on as much as I can, and still I will fall short. The landscape is so vast, that it is impossible for a coach or athlete to consume it all. These papers take a lot of the leg work out of the equation."

Jason also believes that coaches and runners can and have to contribute to saving the planet by cleaning up our lifestyle (e.g. driving and flying less, eating more consciously by choosing natural nutritious food). 

"As a coach, my livelihood depends on athletes having clean air in order to train. That air is getting worse and worse every year through wildfires, climate change and pollutants. In my 20-year coaching career, I had only needed to alter an athlete’s schedule because of poor air quality a handful of times, until this year. In 2018, over half of the athletes I work with have had their training altered because of poor air conditions. This is unacceptable. It is also preventable and I will do my, albeit small, part to make it better," Jason wrote in his blog.

Inspired by the runners he coaches Jason joined #NoCarNovermber and biked to the office, ran to the grocery store, took public transportation.

Join Jason in his ultrarunning camps to learn efficient downhill techniques as well as how to craft your personalized ultramarathon nutrition plan. Or get your own custom training camp!

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