Coach Lisa Menninger


We are so excited to have Lisa join our team! She comes to us from Chicago and is here to get you ready for whatever race you are training for!

Lisa has educated and inspired hundreds of people ages 12 – 83 for the past 15 years as a corporate speaker, personal trainer, and athletic coach.  In addition to her personal training clients and athletes (triathletes, runners, and cyclists), she has brought her message and experience to corporations, associations, non-profits, clinics, schools, and athletic groups.  Lisa is an ACE certified personal trainer and coach.

As an elite athlete, Lisa has competed at that level in running and cycling, and was a pro duathlete. A veteran of 30 marathons and ultra marathons with many top 5 finishes, Lisa also ran the 2nd fastest 50K time for a woman in the US in 2006.  She has a national record of consecutive wins, winning the 30 year-old Lake Run 12k, a record 9 straight times, getting her 10th win this last year.  Lisa holds course records in road racing from the mile through the 50k, and set her best times as an athlete after 40.*  Lisa also has 2 Illinois state power lifting records in her age and weight class.  As a duathlete, Lisa placed second at the National Long Course Championships for the half iron duathlon and has finished in the top three of all duathlons she has competed in since 2005.  All of this combines to give her years of expertise in a variety of settings, which facilities her efficacy as a teacher, trainer and coach.

Lisa comes to us from Chicago where she is a familiar face in the Chicago media and has been so for more than a decade.  She’s been the feature cover story for Chicago Tribune Magazine, was Chicago Athlete Magazine’s Athlete of the Month, as well as candidate for Athlete of the Year.  Many stories in the press have talked about her work in fitness and running, including the Chicago Tribune, The Pioneer Press, The Daily Herald, The Daily Southtown, The Pantagraph, The Doings, and The Suburban Life, as well as being listed in the Chicago Marathon’s Media Guide as someone of interest.  On TV, Lisa appeared in multiple marathon training segments with Mike Adamle for CBS and in a series of commercials for the Chicago Marathon on NBC.  Lisa has been heard on Chicago radio on WGN, WBEZ and WJJG.  Lisa also writes for Masters Athlete Magazine, a national publication serving the over-40 athlete.

*Personal bests include:  5:04 – Mile, 17:32 – 5K, 23:11 – 4 mile, 28:38 – 8K, 35:58 – 10K, 1:01 – 10 Mile, 1:21 – Half Marathon, 2:57 – Marathon, 3:48 – 50K


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4 Responses to Coach Lisa Menninger

  1. Sarah Melchior says:

    Hi! I am considering a coach this next coming year to help me prepare for my Ogden full marathon and goal of making Boston. Are you going to have a spring program? Do you do personal training? What are the prices?

    Thanks for your time!
    Sarah Melchior

  2. Kay Winder says:

    Lisa; I am not seeing an email for you so am hoping you see this message. I am eager to see my running plan. I am in your a.m. running group. If you will email me – I will update you on my status. thanks Kay

  3. Ryan Anderson says:

    Lisa, I need running help in the worst way. I enjoy competing in triathlons and the run is the hardest discipline for me to master. I’m a decent swimmer and above average cyclist and a below baseline runner. I have poor running bio-mechanics. I’m a heel striker with an average cadence of 83 strides per minute. I’m interested in learning how to become an efficient runner. Are you willing to coach a person through mechanical changes?

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