Tony Williams , Founder & Owner
Tony began running April 5, 1979. He was a 14 year old 8th grader at PS #5 in Patterson, New Jersey. He had run a mile in 5:38, which he thought was pretty good until news reached him of a girl in his school who had just run a mile in 5:28. She gave up the secret to her fast time and took Tony to the Silk City Track Club where he met Coach Ken Samra. The first day of practice changed his life forever. Ken asked Tony if he brushed his teeth every day. When the reply was "of-course," Ken simply replied "then you can run a mile every day."
The night before his first high school track race, at age 15, Tony wrote a note to his parents and hung it on his bedroom door. It read, "Do not disturb, runner asleep." It was signed " Always Running, Tony Williams." Since then Tony has logged over 70,000 miles in his running career with only 80 days missed during his first 20 years of running. He excelled as a high school, collegiate and post-collegiate runner, and was a two-time Jr. National champion. Tony graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Psychology in 1989. While attending Virginia Tech he won the NCAA Division I All-American honors in both the 10,000 meter and cross country events. Tony became a Nike sponsored athlete in 1984, maintaining that sponsorship until 1997. In 1996 he completed the US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials.
He has completed numerous races of all lengths. His various PR's are: Marathon - 2:22:00, half marathon - 1:05:05, 10K - 28:55, 5K - 14:10, and continues to coach others in reaching their goals while maintaining his training. Tony stopped competing on a elite level in 1999 but still runs 30-40 miles per week.
New Jersey Girl, Always Running Mascot
Jersey is Coach Tony’s dog and the Always Running Team Mascot. Jersey is an integral part of the Always Running team and can be found playing in the Always Running gym with clients or getting a work out with Coach Tony on a long run.
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