Our Story

Marathon High strives to transform the lives of Austin youth through running by training for and completing the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. With long hours in the classroom, unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyles and lack of self-confidence, youth in our society are at risk for diseases later in life. With roots in the Austin running community, Marathon High has a vision for addressing this health and learning crisis. Through their training and completion of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, we hope that students learn to deny these societal limitations and achieve their potential. We give youth this life changing experience during the imperative adolescent years in the hope that the lessons they learn become life long habits.


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Our Staff


Program Director: Lenora Goessling

Lenora brings her passion for education, wellness and service to Marathon High. A previous Teach For America corp member with a masters degree in Language and Literacy and a multiple Ironman triathlon and marathon finisher, Lenora works with Marathon High coaches in implementing the curriculum and training program. She finds the work of giving students the opportunity to set and achieve goals a privilege.



Marathon High is hiring coaches for the 2015-2016 season. Click on the link below for more information. Applications are due June 22, 2015.

2015 – 2016 Coaching Job Description & Application

Check back in August for the 2015-2016 coaching staff.


Board Members
Kamran Shah

Kamran Shah joined the board in 2009 and is currently the Director of Corporate Marketing for Silicon Labs. Kamran has varied experience including product planning, field marketing, web strategy and research and development. Kamran is an avid runner, cancer survivor and passionate about the positive impact running can have on the physical and mental well being of people.


Roger Duffee

Roger Duffee, an Austin native and The University of Texas graduate, has worked at The Sail and Ski Center since 1982. He has received many awards for customer satisfaction and sales volume. A competitive runner in high school, he continues to run recreationally. He believes that the goal setting and discipline that are needed to run a marathon can be successfully transferred to any endeavor.


Ruth England

Board member and Founder of Rogue Running and Marathon High, Ruth has over 10 years experience teaching at the middle and high school level as well as over 10 years of coaching experience.  Ruth continues to drive the vision and growth of Marathon High.


Our Students

Our students are 6th – 12th graders at our participating schools. Most are not initially involved in their school sports programs and have never considered training for a marathon. They are intrigued by the idea of pushing themselves farther than they thought possible and the opportunity for improving fitness. Often after completing the marathon or half marathon, our students join their schools cross country and track teams becoming important members of their distance teams.    

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