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Paul Pilkington – Utah Running Expert

Paul Pilkington – Weber State University Head Distance Coach | Elite Athlete

Paul Pilkington is currently the head cross country men’s and women’s coach at Weber State University. He also works with the distance runners as an assistant coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams.

Coach Pilkington has aided the success of many individual athletes and the Weber State Cross Country and Track and Field teams. While at WSU, Pilkington has coached five NCAA All-Americans and one Olympian. He coached Lindsey Anderson to All-American status in college and then helped her qualify for the 2007 World Championships in Japan, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2009 World Championships in Germany. Under Pilkington the WSU men’s team finished second in the Big Sky Cross Country Championships in 2007 and 2008, and fourth in 2009. In the women’s Big Sky Cross Country Championships, Pilkington led the women’s team to a second place finish in 2007, a third place finish in 2008, and a second place finish in 2009.

Prior to his current coaching position, Paul was the head cross country coach at the University of Illinois from 2003-05. While there he coached two athletes to the NCAA Championships and helped one athlete qualify for the World Cross Country Championships U.S. Team.

In addition to being a respected coach, Pilkington is also a successful runner. As a collegiate athlete, Pilkington was a NJCAA All-American in the steeplechase at the College of Southern Idaho and an All-American in the steeplechase while attending Weber State. Pilkington however, is best known for his post-collegiate career as an elite marathoner. In 1994 he won the USA Track and Field Marathon in Los Angeles, CA. He qualified for the Olympic Trials four times and made the US World Championship team in 1995. In 1993 he was the USA Track and Field 20K National Champion and the winner of the Houston Marathon in 1990. He has had top ten finishes in marathons throughout the world, including London, Berlin, Moscow, Venice, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities Marathon.

Paul Pilkington grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. He earned a Bachelors degree from Weber State and a Master’s Degree from Utah State. He currently resides in Ogden, Utah.

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 1st, 2010 at 8:57 am and is filed under Utah Running Experts. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

6 responses to “Paul Pilkington – Utah Running Expert”

  1. […] or comments – I am also not a coach, and consulting with one would be a great place to start. Paul Pilkington [Lora Erickson, and Janae Richardson], [members] of UtahRunning.com’s expert panel [offer] […]

  2. Jen Liston says:

    Hey Paul I have a question about speed workouts. I want to build my speed but I don’t know the best way. I am sure you have some great idea’s!

  3. […] Paul Pilkington and I (Ed Eyestone), along with Paul Cummings enjoyed doing our high altitude high school running camp for over 15 years. The camp was in Park City, Utah most years but we also enjoyed doing the camp at Wolf Creek in the upper Ogden Valley near Pineview Reservoir. It was a two to three week period every summer that our families enjoyed as they stayed with us in Park City and helped with the camp. After Paul Cummings tragically passed away in 2001 we continued the camp for several years. However, as our responsibilities expanded with our coaching assignments at BYU and Weber, as well as traveling with athletes and broadcasting during the summer, it was difficult to continue the camp. Paul Cummings and his wonderful family had always done much of the preparation for the camp and without their time and talents it was also difficult to maintain. […]

  4. Laura says:

    Good Afternoon, I hope you might be able to guide me in the right direction. I am trying to go from being an intermediate marathoner to an advanced marathoner. I have gone from a 5;40 to a 3;55 race pace, but would like to run a 3;40 or faster. I am trying to find a coach or buddy to help me get there. Please let me know if you might know of anyone. Thanks

  5. Nick Alvarez says:

    Hey Paul, I just wanted to say how proud I was to be able to run my very first LA Mararhon back in 1994 and having ‘the rabbit outsmart the roadrunners” LoL. Your winning that and being my first marathon will forever remain in my memory. In fact I still have the Los Angeles Times sports page that highlighted the story with your winning photo.

    God speed,

    Nick Alvarez

  6. Kas says:

    What do you look for in Highschool kids when recruiting them? If one kid has just a little bit faster times than another, but the other kid has had more steady improvement and is consistent which one are you most likely to recruit?

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