Mark Casas Has Seen an Evolution in His Running Life Over the Past 20+ Years

Running has been a part of life for Mark Casas since he was a kid.

He’s run all the distances, from the track to the roads, and coached many runners along the way as well.

Mark Casas

Mark Casas

Coaching High School Runners

Mark had the opportunity to coach high school track and cross country at his alma mater shortly after finishing college, and having the opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of kids over his time there is something that was very special to Mark. 

He continues to hear from his former student athletes to this day, even though he’s been out of the high school coaching scene for over a decade.

So clearly he’s made an impact in the lives of many young runners, and they’ve made an impact on Mark as well.

Once a Coach, Always a Coach

Mark Casas, Coaching Mid-Race

Mark Casas, Coaching Mid-Race

When Mark left track/cross country coaching behind, he definitely didn’t take off the coaching hat completely.

He still enjoys coaching runners on an individual basis, and helping his runners work towards their goals.

Mark and I agree on a lot of points about coaching and running, especially when it comes to the importance of not running hard all of the time. There is a time and a place for running hard during training, but easy days are important and regularly undervalued by many runners.

We also talked about the roll that social media has in the running community today, and Mark voiced his concerns about some aspects of social media.

Run Always

Run Always

Run Always

If you’re looking for a hashtag to follow on Instagram, look up #runalways.

Mark has been using the hashtag for a few years now, and he inspires runners to share their individual stories about how and why they run.

In addition, Mark creates t-shirts that are sold with all profits going toward raising funds for Mark’s charity of choice (Kaboom).

If you want to check out the t-shirts and support the cause, here is the link to the store.

Mark also has some big hopes for the future of Run Always, so stay tuned for future updates (and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on my end).

#Running continues to be a major part of @runnermarxLA's life, even after all these years! #runchat Share on X

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2 replies
  1. Brea
    Brea says:

    Mark is a great guy! Seriously. I discovered his Instagram account a few years ago and I am always impressed by his dedication and passion for running. What a neat experience to hear his voice and to listen to his stories ❤️


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