I began my running career in 6th grade in Warwick, NY. In my high school years, I ran distances from 600m up through 10Km. After high school, I ran cross-country and track at Virginia Tech, where I set a still-standing Freshman school record at 10,000 Meters of 30:06 and was a scoring member of the 1987 4th-Place NCAA Cross Country team. Upon graduating, I began training for road races and eventually moved up to the marathon distance.

In 1993, I got my first opportunity to represent the United States as a member of the U.S. Track and Field Team at the World University Games in Buffalo, New York, where I finished 8th in the marathon in a PR 2:19:36. In 1996 I finished 21st at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Charlotte, NC in a PR 2:19:08.

I entered the world of ultrarunning in 1998 by winning the Rattlesnake 50Km in Charleston, West Virginia, where I set a new course record. My next ultra was the JFK 50 Mile, where I finished 1st-Place overall. My performance at JFK earned me a spot on the 1999 U.S. Track and Field Team for the IAU World Cup 100Km. Earning a chance to once again represent the U.S. was a dream come true, and I have never looked back since.

In 2000, I won the USATF 100Km National Championship.

Over the course of my ultrarunning career. I have been selected to 10 consecutive U.S. National 100 Kilometer Teams ('99-'08) for the IAU World 100Km Championship (I declined my USATF Team spot in 2004 to compete for the American Ultrarunning Association at the same event). I finished 5th-Place Overall in 2006 at the IAU World 100Km Championship event and most recently 8th-Place Overall in 2007 in Winschoten, the Netherlands. I have finished as top American the past 6 years.

In addition to my career as an athlete, I have also served as a coach to numerous distance athletes throughout my running career. My philosophy as a coach is to provide guidance and training programs that cover all-aspects of being a great athlete.

I believe in success through science, hard-work, and dedication. I believe in promoting the sport of running in a positive manner to anyone who is willing to put forth the effort and enthusiasm to be the best that he/she can be.

If you are interested in my coaching services, please visit my Coaching page.
Howard Nippert at the IAU 100Km in S. Korea
2006 IAU 100Km WC

Howard Nippert at the IAU 100Km in S. Korea
Race Finish:
Being told I was 5th and not 6th!

Howard Nippert at the IAU 100Km in S. Korea
Opening Ceremonies:
Handing out American flags


B.S. Biology (chemistry minor), 1988 - Virginia Tech
M.S. Biology, 1993 - Virginia Tech
Ph.D.(All-But-Dissertation) Exercise Physiology - Virginia Tech (completed all coursework and passed prelims)

Awards and Top-Performances

  • 8th-Place - 2007 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 5th-Place - 2006 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 1st-Place - 2005 JFK 50 Mile AND Master's Course Record Holder
    • 3rd Fastest All-Time Performance
  • 8th-Place - 2005 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 7th-Place - 2004 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 1st-Place and Course Record Holder - 2004 Old Dominion 50 Mile
  • 11th-Place - 2003 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 1st-Place AND Course Record Holder - 2003 Catoctin 50KM
  • 11th-Place - 2002 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 1st-Place - 2002 Catoctin 50KM
  • 1st-Place And Course Record Holder - 2001 Bull Run 50 Mile
  • 14th-Place - 2001 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 24th-Place - 2000 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 1st-Place AND Course Record Holder - 2000 USATF 100KM National Championship
  • 1st-Place - 1999 Mountain Masochist 50 Mile
  • 39th-Place - 1999 IAU 100KM World Cup
  • 1st-Place - 1998 JFK 50 Mile
  • 1st-Place AND Course Record Holder - 1998 Rattlesnake 50KM
  • 8th-Place - 1993 World University Games Marathon (Top-American Finisher)
  • Member of 1987 4th-Place NCAA Cross-Country National Championship Team
  • 1986 Metro Conference 10Km Champion
  • 1984 Fastest Freshman 10Km in the U.S.
  • 1984 Virginia Tech 10Km Freshman School Record (30:06)
High School:
  • 1982 Empire State Games 10Km Champion
  • 1983 Fastest 3Km Indoor High School time in the U.S.

Personal Records

600M 1:26 (HS)

800M 1:58 (HS)

1500M 3:57 (HS)

3000M 8:26

3200M 9:05 (HS)

3 Mile 13:52

10Km 29:15

Marathon 2:19:08

100Km 6:43:09