Bill Roe, Peter Snell & Greg McMillan

Our Distinguished Board

Greg McMillan, Chairman

Greg McMillan is a runner, exercise scientist and coach with the unique ability to combine the science of endurance performance with the art of real-world coaching. He has coached Olympians, National Champions, Boston Marathon qualifiers as well as new runners through charity marathon groups.

Greg received his masters degree in Exercise Physiology with a research focus on the determining factors of distance running performance. A student of the sport since high school, Greg continues to apply advances in sports science to his coaching programs. He vigorously studies the great books on running and is dedicated to learning from athletes and the outstanding coaches of yesterday and today. Greg accompanied Arthur Lydiard on his final tour in the U.S. and was with him when he passed.

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His mentors include the late, great Arthur Lydiard (who he toured with on Lydiard’s last US tour), Olympic Coach Dr. Joe Vigil, Peak Running Performance founder Guy Avery and USA Track & Field physiologist Dr. David Martin. Throughout his coaching career, Greg has been successful at helping a wide range of athletes.  The bulk of his athletes are everyday runners balancing work, family and other commitments with their running.

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Olympic Games – 2008, (2012 – alternates)
Olympic Trials – 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
World Championships – 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
Pan American Games – 2003
12 National Champions
Over 5,000 Boston Qualifiers (and counting!)
San Diego Arthritis Foundation Joints in Motion Charity Beginner Marathon Groups
San Diego Track Club North County Coach
Alliant International University Track & Field Coach
Assistant to the Executive Director – 1996 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials
Creator of McMillan Running Calculator

RUNNING ACCOMPLISHMENTS & PERSONAL RECORDS:

800m – 1:57
1500m – 3:57
5000m – 14:55
10000m – 30:57
Half-Marathon – 1:10:28
Marathon – 2:31:58
High School State Champion – 1600m (1987)
National Champion – USATF Masters Trail Marathon (2009)

EDUCATION & PUBLICATIONS:

BS: Kinesiology – The University of Tennessee (with honors)
MS: Exercise Physiology – The University of South Carolina

Author – Surviving the Marathon Freak-Out
Author – YOU (Only Faster): Training plans to help you train smarter and run faster
Author – Zap! You’re a Runner! The beginning runner’s guide to fun and fitness
Senior Writer – Running Times Magazine
Contributor – Competitor Magazine, Active.com
Managing Editor – Peak Running Performance
Consulting Expert: Runner’s World Magazine, Running Times Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Women’s Running Magazine, Outside Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Peak Running Performance, Oxygen Magazine, Best Life Magazine

COACHING CREDENTIALS:

USA Track & Field Certification – Level II (Endurance Specialty)
RRCA Certified Coach

Sir Peter Snell

We are honored to have Sir Peter Snell on our Board of Directors. No individual could better represent the efficacy of the Lydiard™ system. This triple Gold Medalist and multiple PHd was acknowledged as New Zealand’s greatest athlete in 2000, when he was voted New Zealand Athlete of the 20th Century.

Track & Field News declared him to be the athlete of the decade in the 1960’s. His three Olympic Gold Medals, two Commonwealth Games golds, enduring world records from 800 meters to the mile, and undisputed world domination in middle distances from 1960-1964, speak to an exemplary athletic career. Peter Snell along with Murray Halberg and others,  all of whom were protégés of master coach Arthur Lydiard, ignited the world stage and defined the golden era of distance running for New Zealand.

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His rise to top of the world in middle distance running came as an unknown 21 year old when he won a surprise gold medal in the Rome Olympics in 1960. Peter recalls the thrill of that day, “I burst through to win the final from Roger Moens, the world record-holder, I was stunned. I went to Rome hoping to make the final. It was hard to believe that suddenly I was an Olympic champion. I recall looking up to the giant results board above the track and seeing P G Snell NZL at the top of the list. That was one of the great thrills of my life.”

Snell came back 4 years later to win the 800/1500 meter double to consolidate his place as the greatest runner of his era, and an immensely popular figure whose presence at home and on the international stage created a legacy that inspired New Zealand to a enduring running legacy.

Lorraine Moller recalls going to a local track-meet in Hamilton New Zealand to watch Peter Snell run. She was just 9 years old. “My father hoisted me on his shoulders so I could see the runners circle the track, Peter Snell unleashed his powerful finish. The place was packed and the collective thrill at seeing such physical excellence left an indelible impression on a young girl. I wanted to be a runner, not just any runner, I wanted to be a mighty winner like Peter Snell.”

Post retirement Peter moved to the United States. He studied at the University of California from 1974-77 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, then a PhD at Washington State University whereupon he moved to Dallas to do a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in exercise physiology and research. Looking back at his Lydiard training from an academic viewpoint, Peter was asked what he would do differently. “Nothing” he replied.

Bill Roe, Treasurer

Distinguished in his service to athletics, Bill Roe is a valuable board member bringing decades of experience to the sport. Bill has been innovative in distance running on many fronts: founder, administrator, coach, race-director, team leader, designer, publisher, and long-time Lydiard™ advocate.

A Seattle native and Bellingham resident, this life-long Washingtonian was the MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2017 (an award made for contributions to the sport of long distance road running over the course of a lifetime). Bill has participated as a coach, manager, team leader, or chief of the mission on over 40 USA international teams since 1977, including nine world cross country championships. USATF team travel has taken him to 23 countries on all continents.

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Bill served as a national officer of USATF from 1988 to 2008, including four years as Vice-President (1988-92), four years as Secretary (1992-96), four more years as Vice President (1996-2000), and eight years as President (2000-2008).

He has been a delegate to the IAAF for four Congresses, and serves on the 2015-19 IAAF World Cross Country Committee as the USA member.

Locally, he has coached the cross country and middle distance / distance runners at Western Washington University in Bellingham since 1985, and also serves as home event director.

He also founded Club Northwest in 1972, and still manages its events, including a series of Seattle-area summer all-comers track & field meets he has directed since 1969. He has never missed the Lilac Bloomsday Race in Spokane, and has been the primary starting line announcer and elite race scorer.

Bill has attended the Bolder Boulder 10km in Colorado for over 25 years, serving as lead statistician for the television coverage. He also works as an events manager and specialist for Pro-Motion Events of Seattle. On a side note, he has also been the Beer Manager of Washington State’s largest craft beer celebration since 2007.

Dr. David Martin

Tribute to Our Past Board Member

Dr. David Martin

Lydiard Foundation pays special tribute to our long-term board member and supporter Dr. David Martin. Dave was a respected professor and scholar of physiology at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He specialized in lung, cardiovascular and motor physiology, and applied this knowledge to his running studies.

He excelled as a statistician, historian, archivist, writer, race and television announcer, coach, team leader, and visionary – with a unique talent in applying his expertise to enhance the performance of many Olympic runners.

Dr. Martin was a keynote speaker at the launch of the Lydiard Foundation in Boulder 2006. His presentation spoke to the benefits of Lydiard™ Training and how it was consistent with the methods of Peter Coe, father and coach of double Gold Medalist Sebastian Coe. Dr. Martin and Peter Coe co-authored the book, Better Training for Distance Runners.

David passed away on February 28, 2018 in Atlanta, and was still a member of our board at that time. We will always deeply appreciate his generous contributions to our vision, and miss him greatly.

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