What is ChiRunning

ChiRunning takes its guidance from the inner design of T’ai Chi which asks us to move the body in a natural order, where the big muscles do the heavy lifting, the smaller muscles do less and the tiniest muscles do very little. This runs counter to how most people run which is using the small muscles of their legs for propulsion, neglecting the abundance of power in their core.


To enable more efficient running, ChiRunning emphasizes on this basic principle: shift your workload to the core muscles. This allows your leg muscles to do less, and the lower leg muscles to do almost nothing. As we age, we do just the opposite, pushing with our feet and toes, while neglecting the abundance of power in our core. That is a formula for fatigue, or worse, injury.


In ChiRunning your efficiency comes from allowing gravity to assist your propulsion, taking the workload off your legs and letting you run lightly and swiftly like you did as a youngster. Not only does this allow you to expend energy more efficiently, employment of the right muscle groups can help prevent common over-use injuries and ailments associated with running.


Overall, ChiRunning allows you not just to enjoy running, but also prolong your running career.



About Danny Dreyer

Danny Dreyer is the co-founder of ChiRunning and ChiWalking, revolutionary forms of moving that blend the subtle inner focuses of T’ai Chi with running and walking. His work is based on his study of T’ai Chi with internationally renowned Grandmaster George Xu, and his 45 years of experience, running, racing ultra marathons and coaching people in “intelligent movement.” He has taught thousands of people the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques with profound results.

Danny’s first book, ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running was released April 2004; ChiWalking: Five Mindful Steps to Lifelong Health and Energy was released in March 2006; and ChiMarathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon was released March 2012 (all by Simon & Schuster).

Danny has been a featured speaker at the prestigious Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego marathons, as well as at hundreds of other health and wellness events across the country. He has taught the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques to training groups such as the San Francisco Marathon, the AIDS Marathon, Team-n-Training, USA/FIT and many others. He has appeared on CNN, NPR and other news programs. He publishes a bimonthly newsletter and has been published in Running Times, Body+Soul, Runner’s World and many others. He has received press in Competitor, Health, Shape, AARP, Fitness, Elle, Washington Post, New York Times, WebMD magazines, and hundreds of newspapers, journals and websites across the country and abroad.

Dreyer had a very successful career as an Ultra Marathoner (>26.2 mi.) from 1995-2005 and has raced every distance from a 5K to 100 miles. He successfully completed 43 ultra-marathons with podium finishes in all but three. In 2004 and 2005 he was the national age group champion (50-54) at the USATF National 50K Championships. His fastest 50K (31.1 mi.) time is 3:41.

Danny has lived a lifestyle steeped in holistic living, meditation, and personal wellness for over 45 years. Healthy eating, physical exercise and rejuvenating activities are mainstays in his life and the foundation of what he teaches.

He empowers his students to live pro-active lives. Whether coaching a runner or a corporate executive, he teaches techniques that tap into one’s inner strength and power.

His work is based on his 25-year practice of T’ai Chi and his 45 years of running and racing. He has coached hundreds of thousands of runners in energy efficiency, injury-prevention and “intelligent movement” and brings his deep knowledge to all the ChiRunning and ChiWalking teachings.

Danny also co-authored, with his wife Katherine, ChiWalking and ChiMarathon, which have all introduced the World to the concept of approaching running, walking and sports in general, as mindful practices.

ChiRunning is now taught in 15 languages in 28 countries by over 200 Certified ChiRunning Instructors.

Danny has lived in Asheville, NC with his wife, Katherine and their daughter, Journey, since 2006.

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