Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome to the ALZ Stars Blog

Welcome runners, sponsors, and all those who care to seek a cure for Alzheimer's!  I am Gary Kruger, a 2 time participant with the ALZ stars in the Hospital Hill Run in 2008 & 2009.  In both cases, I ran the half-marathon and I have completed over 20 hospital hill half marathons,( actually I am not sure how many it is as it may be closer to 30)  I have run 20 marathons with a Boston Marathon qualified for and run in 1996 with a marathon best of 3:15 at age 42.  I am a life-time coach with Cross Country and track.  I currently am the Head Coach of the Lee's Summit North Girls' Cross Country program.  I have served in that capacity since 1995.  We have been quite successful with a state championship in 2004, 14 years out of 16 years a State Team Qualifier for the Missouri State Cross Country Championships, 10 top ten finishes, 4 All State finishes, 2004, 3rd in 1998, 3rd in 2009 & 4th in 2010.  I have trained runners for 30 years with teams from Olathe South, Indian Trail Junior High, Frontier Trail Junior High and of course, Lee's Summit North High School.  I have trained individuals as well in preparing for distances from a 5K to a marathon.  I am most happy to make your training experience work for you as your train to seek a cure for the cause of Alzheimer's.  I have a personal reason for this quest.  I have lost my mother to Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law as well to this tragic disease.  So, I am sincere in helping you in any way with your training.  Post any questions and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Coach K for the Cause   Coach Gary Kruger


  1. Hi Gary. When should someone start training for the 1/2 Marathon if they are running Hospital Hill on June 4th?

  2. It is time to start! Build a base as soon as possible with 2-3 30 minute runs a week while dealing with the tough running conditions. By the 1st of February focus on regular training. 4 months minimum to get going.

    Coach K