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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. Although he officially announced his retirement in March of 2021, his influence on the running industry is long lasting. 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 looks forward to enjoying more of this during his retirement.

When teaching, Danny 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. In response to Danny’s retirement, five Master ChiRunning Instructors from around the world have stepped up to assume the operations and executive leadership roles to ensure a smooth transition building on the work of the Dreyers. Combined, the team has more than 40 years of ChiRunning/ChiWalking experience.

Danny continues to live in Asheville, NC with his wife, Katherine and their daughter, Journey.

To learn more about Danny Dreyer on the Company History Page

Danny retired from the company in 2021. In retirement, he will consult with the new leadership team on occasion and also focus on teaching in a more relaxed retirement setting. Watch Katherine and Danny announce their retirement.

What others are saying...

My first marathon took me 6 hours. My second took me 6 hours and 3 minutes. My third only lasted 19 miles. And then someone on the bus told me about ChiRunning.

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Personal Bests

10K 38:50 The Bolder Boulder, Boulder, CO 1998
1/2 Marathon 1:32:48 1st Place 55-59 Disney World Half Marathon, FL 2006
Marathon 3:04:18 1st Place 50-55, 40th overall Big Sur Marathon, Carmel, CA 2002
50K 3:41:37 1st Place 45-49, 1st overall Helen Klein 50K, Sacramento, CA 1998
50 Miles (road) 6:26:49 3rd Place 45-49 (USATF), 7th overall Helen Klein 50 mile Ultra Classic, Sacramento, CA 1997
50 Miles (trail) 6:32:43 2nd Place 45-49 (USATF), 10th overall Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run, Huntsville, TX 1997
100K 11:03:50 1st Place in age group Miwok 100K, Mill Valley, CA 2001
100 Miles 22:23:44 3rd Place 40-49, 8th overall Leadville Trail 100, Leadville, CO 1996

Workshops and Private Sessions with Danny

Taking a personal training session with Danny is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. his 40+ years of running experience combined with his supporting teaching style will transform your fitness and your life! Danny teaches walkers, walk-runners, and runners of all levels.

Race Resume


Ultra Marathons






Half Marathons