Next Conference is 2018 in San Luis Obispo, CA.

​​​The Healthy Running Conference is now in a single location for 2017 in San Luis Obispo, CA presented by Race SLO and the City of San Luis Obispo. This conference expands on the Healthy Running Course material and covers advanced running form, strength training, range of motion, aerobic development, motor skill development, injury assessment and treatment, and running shoe prescription. Content is evidence based with numerous case scenarios and hands-on analysis to apply concepts learned.

The 2017 Healthy Running Conference takes place in San Luis Obispo on California's beautiful Central Coast centrally located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. With abundant, warm sunshine and during the SLO Marathon + Half week of events, this is the ideal place to dive deep into the sport.

4-Day conference attendees will also gain entry into their choice of the SLO Marathon (April 30), Half Marathon (April 30), 5K (April 29) or put their skills to work as a valued member of the volunteer corps (April 29-30). To learn more visit

This year's conference educators include:

Lt. Col. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella - MD Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, elite masters runner
Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS - Author of Anatomy for Runners, Board- Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, researcher, author, and coach and Ironman triathlete
Dr. Phil Maffetone, PhD - author of the Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing and many more
D. Hiraoki Tanaka, PhD - Professor at Fukuoka University, founder of the Institute for Physical Activity, champion marathon runner
Dr. Steven Smith, PhD - Associate Professor Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, ultra runner
Ian Adamson, MS Sports Medicine, BS Bio-Mechanical Engineering, world champion, world record holder and X-Games Gold medalist

Program Agenda

Wednesday, April 26th, 
Medical Issues in Running Sports, Mark Cucuzzella, MD

12:00 pm   Welcome and registration
1:00 pm     Session 1: Heat & hydration
2:00 pm     Session 2: Repetitive injuries
3:00 pm     Session 3: Cardiac issues
4:00 pm     Session 4: Diabetic & Obese Runners

Thursday, April 27th,
Evolution, Biology, Bio-Mechanics and Motor Function, ​Ian Adams BS, MS Sports Medicine

7:30 am     Continental Breakfast

8:00 am     Session 5: Anthropology, evolution & biology
9:00 am     Session 6: Bio-mechanics & kinesiology
10:00 am   Session 7: Strength & stability workshop
11:00 am   Session 8: Motor function & movement patterns workshop
12:00 pm   Optional Running Drills Outside

12:30 pm   Snack Service and/or Lunch on your own

Afternoon Sessions: Performance and Training Principles, Dr. Phil Maffetone

1:00 pm     Session 9: Aerobic development
2:00 pm     Session 10: Fuel for endurance and health
3:00 pm     Session 11: Nutrition for health and longevity

Friday, April 28th, 
Assessing and Treating the Injured Runner, Jay Dicharry MPT, SCS

7:30 am     Continental Breakfast
8:00 am     Session 12: Running dynamics
9:00 am     Session 13: What to expect when you are expecting
10:00 am   Session 14: Body assessment lab
11:00 am   Session 15: Run better: strength and power
12:00 pm   Session 16: Exercise correction lab

1:00 pm     Snack Service

1:30 pm     Enjoy the San Luis Obispo City Adventures on your own

3:30 pm     Session 17: Mental aspects of running, Mindfulness in Running and Psychotherapy for Life Enhancement, Steve Smith, PhD

5:00 pm     Cocktail Reception & SLO Marathon Hall of Fame honoring Joe Rubio

Saturday, April 29th
, Dr. Hiraoki Tanaka, PhD

9:30 am     Check-in

10:30 am Session 18: Health, fitness and performance benefits of slow jogging

11:30 am Session 19: Q&A with Dr. Tanaka

12:30 pm Course evaluations and wrap-up

Sunday, April 30th

Complimentary SLO Marathon or Half Marathon @ Madonna Inn (7:00 am start) 

Continuing Education Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the West Virginia State Medical Association through joint provider ship of Berkeley Medical Center & Healthy Running.  The Berkeley Medical Center is accredited by WVSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
“The Berkeley Medical Center is accredited by the West Virginia State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Berkeley Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category1 credit(s) TM.”  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Attendees of this course can also attain continuing education credit from most medical and fitness organizations, including:




Attendees will be provided a certificate of completion listing credit hours on request.

Local Organizing Committee

Race SLO
Established in 2010 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO family of annual events includes the SLO Marathon + Half and Family 5K with Kids Spring races, The Healthy Running Medical Professionals Conference, the SLO Ultra trail run and mountain bike races in late Summer, the SLO GranFondo Fall cycling event and the NEW Warrior Trail Run coming March 2018. The Race SLO Team produces professional fun and competitive running, cycling, outdoor and educational events that create a positive impact on both our participants lives and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

City of San Luis Obispo
Welcome to the City of San Luis Obispo, where authentic, friendly people and breathtaking landscapes will rejuvenate and inspire you. SLO, as the locals call it, has it all: hikes to take you up in the clouds, a vibrant Downtown core with dozens of boutique shops and cafés, family-friendly experiences like the Children’s Museum and SLO Skate Park, artisanal restaurants serving up local fare, and award-winning wineries and breweries. SLO is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco just a few minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Come experience our SLO lifestyle and see for yourself why we were named the Happiest City in North America. #ShareSLO

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2017 Registration

4-Day Healthy Running Conference San Luis Obispo, CA

When: April 26 - 29, 2017
What: Healthy Running Four Day CME Conference
Where: San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Lt. Col. Mark Cucuzzella, MD

Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Ian Adamson, MS, BS


Dr. Phil Maffetone, PhD

Dr. Hiraoki Tanaka, PhD

Dr. Steve Smith, PhD