Mario Fraioli is an Olympic-level running coach and senior editor at Competitor magazine. Prior to joining the staff at Competitor in 2010, Mario managed a specialty running store in Westboro, Massachusetts, and was a regular contributor to Running Times, Triathlete, and Competitor, and also wrote a monthly running column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
A competitive athlete from the time he could first stand on two feet, Mario began running in high school to stay in shape for his first love, basketball. He earned All-American honors in cross country as a senior at Stonehill College in 2003, and owns personal bests ranging from 4:09.77 in the mile to 2:28:25 in the marathon. He finished sixth in his marathon debut at the 2007 Vermont City Marathon and placed 51st at the Boston Marathon in 2008.
Mario began coaching runners in 2004 and has guided dozens of age-group runners to personal bests and Boston Marathon qualifying times. In 2011, he became the coach of the Prado Women’s Racing Team in San Diego, leading them to two straight USA Track & Field San Diego-Imperial Association cross country championships. In the summer of 2012, Mario was a coach for the Costa Rican Olympic marathon team, where he guided Cesar Lizano to a 65th-place finish in the men’s marathon.
A New England native now firmly transplanted in southern California, Mario lives in San Diego with his soon-to-be wife Christine, their four bikes, and over 40 pairs of running shoes.