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Sarah Richardson

master instructor

Certified since October 2015

Sarah Richardson

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Sarah Richardson, Master ChiRunning®/Chi Walking® Instructor, and owner and leader of ChiLiving/ChiRunning/ChiWalking, was personally trained by Danny Dreyer, the founder of these two revolutionary techniques and Vince Vaccaro a Master ChiRunning®/Chi Walking® Instructor.

Sarah has been a runner for most of her life, running cross-country and track in high school. Since then she has completed countless 5K and10k races, and multiple half-marathon and full marathon events. She runs for fun, to be a part of a community, and for meditative qualities. Running is her freedom. In 2007 Sarah encountered her first serious injury, which put her on the sidelines for a few years and sent her world into a tailspin.

Taking a workshop with Danny instantly put Sarah on the road to recovery. After discovering ChiRunning®/Chi Walking®, Sarah solidified her mind-body connection and listened to her body’s signals and let them guide her progress. If her hamstring spoke, she adjusted and it felt better. If her ankle tired, she adjusted and it felt better. When her hip ached, she adjusted and it felt better. Sarah fell in love with her practice again, and is injury free, running half-marathons again. The meditative quality of running and the process of body sensing brought her back to life.

ChiRunning®/Chi Walking® made such an impact on Sarah’s life that she knew she had to learn it and teach it to others. It is Sarah’s deepest desire to share ChiRunning®/Chi Walking® with other runners and walkers. Sarah wants to help others feel the comfort and grace that running and walking can bring to their lives and experience ease in their body as they move effortlessly toward reaching their fitness goals.

In 2017, Sarah became a Best Selling author of her book, From Sidelines to Start Lines: The Frustrated Runner’s Guide to Lacing Up for a Lifetime. This motivational book helps frustrated runners transform their relationship with running by maximizing their efforts and mastering their mindset. And in June of 2019, she will become a two-time published author when Chicken Soup for the Soul Running For Good comes out. Her short story sets the stage for running her first full marathon, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sarah works with people who want running to be a part of their life but have been struggling to stay consistent due to injury, self-sabotage and/or lifestyle interruptions. She travels the US and beyond facilitating at retreats, teaching workshops and offers coaching to individuals and small groups.

Sarah is honored to announce in March 2021, that she is one of the new owners of ChiLiving, the parent company of ChiRunning and ChiWalking. She is excited to keep the ChiRunning/ChiWalking legacy alive that Katherine and Danny created over the past 20 years and expand upon their vision moving into the future. Read more about Katherine and Danny Dreyer’s retirement.

See more about Sarah on the Chi Leadership Page

Sarah’s Instructor of the Month Profile

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Sarah was just the running coach I needed help me “Rise And Shine!” She was with me every step of the way as I prepared for a marathon relay after many running injuries over the years. She patiently helped me hone my form, meet my goals and inspired me to stick to my training schedule. Sarah’s positive enthusiasm and expertise is a winning combination, I absolutely could not have met my goals without her! We all need coaches to show up in our lives, I am so grateful to have found Sarah!

Suzanne. ChiRunning Clinic & Private Coaching Client

Sarah’s Rise And Shine ChiRunning workshop gave me a much needed boost to get back into running with a plan to stay injury free and enjoy running again! Sarah did a great job of making the information accessible and fun. Sign up! Thank you Sarah!

Danielle. ChiRunning Clinic

Sarah is top shelf in terms of commitment to helping and providing great feedback.  I am so glad I took the time to do the ChiRunning workshop with her. And it’s been awesome to run injury free through this marathon training!

Ryan, ChiRunning Clinic

The VIP Running Retreat was the best thing I have ever done to improve my running. Sarah is amazing, organized beyond belief with every detail to ensure my time at the retreat was productive, inspiring, and relaxing. The setting was magnificent with the sound of the lake lulling me to sleep at night after watching beautiful sunsets and the moon shining on the lake. The views of the Adirondack Mountains on one side of the island and the Green Mountains on the other inspired me to run from one side to the other. The ChiRunning instruction, focus and feedback thoroughly prepared me to run my first full marathon at age of 62!!!! I’m Saving the Date for Summer 2019!!!

Jill, VIP Summer Camp

A group of us decided that we needed to get away and focus on our running and our health. What we got was an experience of a lifetime. Sarah put together an itinerary just for us that focused on ChiRunning, but also really created a sense of fun and adventure. The best thing about the retreat was that we were able to learn how to improve our running, but we also learned about ourselves and each other.

Caroline, Mary, Beck7y & Michelle, Island Escape Summer Camp

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