Shalane Flanagan

Shalane is an Olympic silver medalist, four-time Olympian, 2017 TCS New York City Marathon champion, World Cross Country Bronze medalist, and multiple American record holder. She is the third fastest American marathoner in history, with a time of 2:21.14. Shalane is the fastest American woman to run the Boston Marathon, 2:22.02. Along with her coauthor, Elyse Kopecky, she is the New York Times bestselling author of Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes.

Nike has sponsored Shalane since she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. She has been running at an elite level for over 17 years and typically runs 100-plus miles a week. She attributes her ability to sustain this level of training to her nutrient- dense diet. Focusing on fueling for health and performance is an integral part of her training.

Shalane has been featured on the cover of Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Running Times, Competitor Magazine, and Track and Field News. She has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, 60 Minutes, ESPN, and Oprah. Her inspiring story has also been heralded in Women’s Health, Shape, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times.

Shalane speaks passionately about the importance of healthy eating at running events across the country. Shalane lives and trains in Portland, Oregon. She can be found on Instagram @shalaneflanagan.

Elyse Kopecky

Elyse is a New York Times bestselling author, chef, nutrition coach, and inspirational speaker. Her friendship with Shalane began over 18 years ago on the cross-country team at the University of North Carolina. After graduation, both moved to Portland, Oregon, to work for Nike—Shalane as a professional runner, and Elyse as a digital marketing producer.

Elyse’s career took her abroad, where she attended cooking classes throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. Armed with amazing recipes from around the world, Elyse began cooking to fuel her athletic endeavors. She discovered that by incorporating more fats into her diet, she was stronger, healthier, and happier than ever before. She quit a successful marketing career of 10 years for the chance to help others eat right, and moved to New York City to study at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.

Elyse’s idea for Run Fast. Eat Slow. began as a small dream over a home-cooked meal at Shalane’s house. She never imagined it would become a New York Times bestseller, get translated into multiple languages, and be featured in Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Outside Magazine, and Good Morning America, to name a few.

Elyse lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, two sweet kids, and one rambunctious pup. She can be found on Instagram @elysekopecky.

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