Coach TJ Murphy

A competitive runner since his junior high days in the mid-1970s, T.J. Murphy is a Jack Daniels’  V.O2 Distance Running Coach and National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer.  His first experience coaching was as an assistant track coach for the newly formed Golden Gate Triathlon club in 1992.

T.J. has raced in pretty much every running event there is between the 200 meters and the marathon, and tacked on five rough-around-the-edges Ironman triathlons. PRs include a 5-flat 5k and a 2:38 marathon.

He’s also been writing about endurance athletics since the mid 1990s, having served as editor-in-chief for Triathlete Magazine and Competitor Magazine. T.J. ‘s feature writing has appeared in Outside, Runner’s World, Inside Triathlon, and he’s also the author or co-author of several books, including the New York Times Bestseller, Ready to Run.

In addition to personal training at the Woburn YMCA, T.J. is currently working on a longevity book for runners. 

He is also on the competitive-running comeback trail after recent knee and achilles tendon surgeries, reminders of his vow to not repeat the egregious mistakes he made in his more stubborn-headed twenties. 
T.J. lives in Stoneham with his wife Gretchen, and their two kids, Milo and Maddie.

Assistant Coach Tom Walker

Tom Walker

Tom has been running since cross country in 1996 as a freshman at Winthrop High School, where he also ran indoor and outdoor track. He was the cross country team captain in his senior year, and in track he competed mostly in the two mile race.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Boston University, Tom worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and then started his current job working as a Senior Imaging Research Specialist analyzing medical images in clinical research trials.

In 2018 Tom joined the Shamrock Running Club, where his main goals each year are to join the 1000 mile club and compete in the Grand Prix race series. Racing mostly in the 5k to half marathon range, Tom loves being part of the running community and exploring streets and trails.

He believes strength training and whole food plant-based nutrition are important factors in performance, enjoyment, and longevity.

Tom lives in Woburn with his wife Melissa, and their two cats, Gomez and Morticia.