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Meet the Coach.

Coach Matt Thull - Owner/Coach


Coach Matt Thull brings over 25 years of running & coaching experience to ThunderDome Running.


Coach Thull has logged over 60,000 miles and has competed at the high school, college, & elite level and still continues to train up to 100 miles a week for elite competitions.  He also has a wealth of coaching experience at the high school, college, and professional levels. All of this experience has been gained while leading a busy life schedule of work, family, travel, & other events. Coach Thull has learned how to train around life's typical daily demands.

Coach Matt's Running Highlights

  • Has been competing nationally and internationally as a professional since 1997

  • 5-time top ten USA National Road Race championship finishes in the 5k, 15k, and 10 mile distances

  • Raced USA National Road Race Championships from the 5k to the Half Marathon

  • 2003 member of the USA National Half Marathon team that raced against the world in Portugal

  • Has raced a schedule of 20-25 races/year and has competed in many world-class races including Peachtree 10k, Lilac Bloomsday 12k, Boston Half Marathon, Bermuda 10k International weekend of races, Al’s Run 8k Milwaukee (6 time winner), and Bix 7 miler

  • 2010 & 2011 Chicago Marathon elite rabbit/pacer

Personal Bests on the Track

  • Mile (Indoor) - 4:10

  • 5000m - 14:07

  • 10,000m - 28:55

Personal Bests on the Road

  • 5k - 14:11

  • 10k - 29:20

  • 15k - 44:24

  • 10 mile - 47:46

  • Half-Marathon - 65:40

Coaching Highlights
Over the past 15 years Coach Matt has worked with a wide range of athletes; Olympic Trials hopefuls, regional runners, masters runners, high school athletes, and beginners; all with the common goal of becoming the best runner they can be.


  •   Former head Girls CC Coach at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School – team became state-ranked in two years.

  •   Coached two 3200m boys state high school champions in first two years of coaching high school track.

  •   Coached several top five US Masters ranked runners in CC & 5K to marathon distances.

  •   Coach of many beginning runners with goals of racing their first 5k to the Marathon along with seasoned runners looking to run new personal bests.

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