Born and raised in Honolulu, Brian Clarke earned an M.B.A in Organization Theory from the University of Oregon in 1968. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, taught social studies for seven years at his high school alma mater, and then started his own fitness training business in 1979.
Clarke had run a 4:06 mile in 1965 under legendary Oregon track coach, Bill Bowerman. That experience combined with his high school coaching background gave him the fundamentals for his new career as a fitness program director. Clarke’s training system takes Bowerman’s work and applies it to the needs of recreational athletes training and racing in the new millennium.
Clarke has trained adult recreational distance runners and triathletes on a full-time basis since 1979. He developed the Honolulu Marathon Association’s Advanced Running Program in 1981. It became the prototype of a fee-for-service running programs that included coaching consultations, training seminars and supervised workouts. Clarke also developed the first triathlon training program in Hawaii—the forerunner of a dozen similar programs developed by his competitors and protégés.
Clarke has written four books about adaptive training and the hard-easy system. His most recent books Running by Feeling and 5K and 10K Training describe a system for injury-free training and improved racing performance.
Clarke continues fitness training in his mid-70s. He lives on a hill within a mile of his boyhood home.