Max Chmielewski – Bellingham Running Coach

$99.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

$50/mo for 3 spots! Trail running coach that specializes in working with athletes looking to bring their running to the next level with individualized coaching



Bellingham running Coach Max Chmielewski has trained and raced both road and trail races, having gradually progressed in distances on the trails from the marathon up to 50ks, 50 milers and 100 milers, and he’s excited to help both beginner and intermediate runners either work towards a new PR or towards a new distance on the roads and trails. Reach out to Max below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Bellingham, WA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, in Bellingham, WA. Sessions can include: trail workouts, form analysis, drills, race strategy, and crewing and pacing. Reach out to Coach Max for more info or with any questions.


I specialize in coaching athletes of all abilities looking for a coach to partner with them to maximize their training to fit in their lifestyle.

I’ve had some of the most meaningful athlete partnerships when working with trail athletes with a goal of competing in their first trail marathon or first ultra marathon, road athletes interested in transitioning to trails and seasoned ultra marathoners wanting to try a longer distance.


I started coaching to empower the athletes I work with. I want to set them up for success and help them achieve the goals they have for themselves. I believe that running is for EVERYONE! I’ve worked with a broad range of athletes, success can be anything from becoming a consistent runner to training to reach the top of podiums.

I believe my job as a coach is to fit training into your life, not your life fit into your training. I’ll help get the most out of your abilities and the amount of time you can devote to your training. I’ll be part of your support system. Every athlete is unique; you’ll receive an individualized training program to fit into your short-term and long-term goals. Life happens and training doesn’t always go as planned, through regular communication and feedback I’ll adapt the training plan to help you continue to improve as a runner to meet your goals. No one program works for every athlete, your program will be adapted to your progression.

I build training programs to be sustainable and challenge you to meet your goals. When you have a goal event we will get specific with training to meet the unique demands of that event.


I have been formally coaching the past two seasons. I’ve coached adults looking to unlock their potential to train for a goal race or to train for a longer distance. I’ve coached athletes trying out trail racing for the first time, going from shorter trail races into ultra marathons and athletes who’ve completed a 50k wanting to go up in distance. I love working with athletes with big goals of pushing their own limits.


Growing up in Northern Minnesota, I’ve spent my post college years playing in the mountains of Colorado and Washington. I grew up playing just about every sport and have been a competitive athlete for as long as I can remember, but I was not a runner. I’d skipped dryland running workings for Nordic Ski season, played goalie in soccer so I didn’t have to do the same running drills, I did not like running in my youth. Once I moved to Colorado in my 20s I found a love for traveling through the mountains. As seasons passed I wanted to move faster and faster which has brought me to ultra trail running.

I have personally trained for race distances up to a 100 mile mountain ultra race.


I believe there is no one best training structure for all athletes. I work with my athletes to find what fits best in their lives to help them progress in their training. Some of my favorite trail/ultra coaches I look up to are Jason Koop, Scot Johnston and David/Megan Roche.


I’ve trained and raced almost all trail race distances from 100 miler down to a 5k, I’ve stood on top of the podium and I’ve DNF’d races.


  • UESCA Ultra Running Certified


  • 50 miles: 8:42:53 Run the Rock
  • 100 kilometers: 12:33:42 Freaky Creeky – CR


Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?



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