Mark Cucuzzella

Mark Cucuzzella

Mark is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote heath and better fitness in the military.

He’s also been a competitive runner for over 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He has won the Air Force Marathon twice and run a marathon under 3:00 for 29 straight years.
He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running. Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va. and has been a Newton Running athlete for years! Mark’s vision of a future of health is housed in his site

Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and other medical and media outlets.


Mark has been running in Newtons since 2007, when he thought it was impossible to find a responsive, level shoe.


Mark hosts running education courses around the world with “Healthy Running,” as well as weekly running clinics at the store he owns called Two Rivers Treads. He is also the Race Director for Freedom Run and Harpers Ferry Half Marathon.


Antietam National Battlefield


Assisted with first Newton Running Education seminars almost 10 years ago

Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV

Career Highlights:
• Winner of ’06 and ’11 Air Force Marathon
• 22 Boston and 23 Marine Corps Marathon finishes
• Marathon PR; 2:24

Favorite Snack: Eggs

Favorite Shoe: Distance Distance

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