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Posted: October 9, 2012  

Book Report: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project Releases Its Marathon Method

Boulder, CO, USA - October 9, 2012 - For the first time, an elite running group has released its training methods. In their new book Hansons Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project have open-sourced their innovative and highly successful approach to marathon training.

Hansons Marathon Method offers a radical overhaul of marathon training that promises to turn any runner into a true marathoner and help experienced marathoners set new personal bests. Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon is featured this month in Barnes & Noble bookstores and is also available in many bookstores, running shops, and online. For more information, please visit

Every year, hundreds of thousands of runners tackle their first marathon and never return to long-distance running. Why? Because they use old-fashioned training plans and suffer through months of poorly designed workouts. On race day, these ill-prepared runners grind out the last miles, checking 26.2 off their list for good.

Hansons Marathon Method changes everything. In the book, Hansons coach and professional runner Luke Humphrey reveals the methods developed by Keith and Kevin Hanson to turn their Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runners into race winners, national champions, and Olympians.

Hansons Marathon Method does away with mega-long runs and high-mileage weekends-two outdated traditions that make most runners miserable. Instead, runners using the Hansons method will gradually build up to the moderate-high mileage required for marathon success, spreading those miles more sensibly throughout the week. Running easy days mixed with precisely paced speed, strength, and tempo workouts, runners will steel their bodies and minds to run the hardest miles of the marathon.

Both Beginner and Advanced training programs feature the unique Hansons 16-mile long run which, as part of the Hansons program, is ideal for preparing the body for the marathon. Humphrey explains how runners should set their goal race pace and shows how to customize the Hansons method to their own needs, like adding extra racing, running more miles, and handling training interruptions.

Detailed nutrition and hydration chapters help runners pinpoint their personal energy and hydration needs so they know precisely how much to eat and drink during workouts, race week, race day, and for recovery. The Hansons approach to pacing and nutrition means marathoners will never hit the wall.

Hansons Marathon Method lays out the smartest marathon training program available from one of the most accomplished running groups in the nation. Using this innovative approach, runners will mold real marathon muscles, train their body to never hit the wall, and prepare to run their fastest marathon.

Hansons Marathon Method: 
A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon
Luke Humphrey with Keith and Kevin Hanson
Paperback with charts and tables throughout 
 6" x 9", 256 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-85-1

Luke Humphrey is head coach of Hansons Coaching Services and a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Humphrey holds a B.A. in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University, an M.S. in Exercise Science from Oakland University, and is a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. Humphrey is also a professional distance runner with top 10 and podium finishes in major U.S. running races from 10K to marathon, as well as two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials. Learn more at

Kevin and Keith Hanson are elite running coaches and co-founders of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. They have coached the U.S. Olympic development team to victories in national and international events. Kevin has earned multiple Coach of the Year distinctions in recognition of the performance of athletes racing in his programs. They co-own the Hansons Running Shops.

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