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2024 Appearances & Speaking Engagements:

Mark Sullivan speaks to a group of runners and walkers and offers some last minute tips for race day before leading them in a pre-race fun run & walk.

Mark Sullivan serves as marathon course expert and answers participants’ questions about the course at the expo.

For details on any of the appearances or speaking engagements listed, e-mail:


Mark Sullivan shares stories of his marathon experiences as he speaks at an annual pasta party. 

2024 AACR Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend

On Friday, November 22, Mark Sullivan will be honored at the Mayor’s Press Conference and Opening Ceremonies as one of the two original Philadelphia Marathon LEGacy Runners.

The press conference and opening ceremonies will take place in the main hall just outside the entrance to the Health & Fitness Expo at the Philadelphia Convention Center, located at 12th & Arch Streets. Time will be posted later. Please check back.

Mark Sullivan will again be serving as course expert at the 2024 AACR Philadelphia Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and will present course overview seminars with information on how to run your best for the half marathon and full marathon courses on Friday, November 22 and on Saturday, November 23 the full marathon.

The schedule for the seminars will be posted here later this year

Mark Sullivan will also be attending the AACR Philadelphia Marathon Partners Reception on Thursday evening along with other weekend events. Check back for specific times and additional opportunities to connect with Coach Mark during Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend.

In addition to his other duties, Coach Mark will once again be running the 2024 Philadelphia Marathon as part of the AACR Runners For Research Team. More information about this dedicated group of individuals and a link to make a donation will be posted soon.


Additional 2024 appearances will be posted as scheduled. Please continue to check back for dates and times.



Coach Mark Sullivan will be in Burlington, Ontario March 1st through the 3rd for the 2024 AVELLA Chilly Half Marathon. In addition to his appearance on race day, Coach Mark will be at race kit pick-up on Friday afternoon, March 1 and Saturday afternoon, March 2, and will be available during those hours as well as other times to talk with race participants and to answer any questions about training or racing. (For specific appearance times, or to schedule time with Coach Mark, email: mark@irunicoach.com


FREE Running Clinic Sponsored by VR PRO, Inc.

On Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 9:10 a.m. (before the start of the Bronte Creek  5K/10K Run/Walk in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Oakville, ON, Coach Mark Sullivan will present a FREE Running Clinics entitled, “Preparing To Run Your Best Race” & “Stepping Up To Train For A Full Or Half Marathon”. The clinics are free for all race participants and sponsored by VR PRO, Inc. For more information click here or on the graphic below.



Philadelphia Half Marathon Weekend Training Kick-Off Event

On Saturday, September 28, Coach Mark Sullivan and Bart Yasso will be co-hosting the Half Marathon Kick-Off Training Run for 2024 Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon and training run for the Philadelphia Marathon. This will also be an official AACR Runners For Research event.

As always, Mark will answer any questions about training for and/or racing the Philadelphia Half Marathon, and will share insights about the course.


Coach Mark Sullivan speaks to runners and walkers after a kick-off run for the Philadelphia Marathon.

Mark addresses a group of runners (including Marathon Legend, Bill Rogers) before leading them in a short pre-marathon shake out run.


AACR Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Training Kick-Off Event

Join Coach Mark Sullivan along with Bart Yasso, the team from Philadelphia Runner, and hundreds of runners and walkers on Saturday, June 22 starting at 6:30 a.m. at the base of the steps in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum for the 2024 AACR Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Kick-Off Training Run. There will be several different measured distances from which to choose. This will also be an official AACR Runners For Research event.

After participating in the run, Coach Mark will stick around all morning to talk with participants and to answer any questions about training for and racing the Philadelphia Marathon, and to share insights about the course.

(More information about this free June 22 event and the AACR can be found on the Philadelphia Marathon web site. Click here.)


2023 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Marathon and once again Mark Sullivan participated to support the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) as part of their Runners For Research Team. Check back for a donation link for 2024.