Interview with David Willey, Editor-in-Chief at Runner’s World

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David Willey has guided Runner’s World to its most successful years -with a HUGE readership both in print and online and 18 international editions.

They have recently jumped into the podcasting space with two new shows of their own, the Runner’s World Show and The Human Race.

In this interview we asked David about his running journey and what led to working at Runner’s World, a day in the life of an editor-in-chief, his impression of the running scene in China, and his quest to produce an NPR style podcast for runners.

Interview with David Willey

You can connect with David on Twitter @dwilleyRW


  1. How did you get started in running?
  2. What’s a typical day look like as the Editor-in-Chief at RW?
  3. You were recently in China, what’s your impression of the running scene there?
  4. Any big differences in how they organize races in China?
  5. From your vantage point, what does the state of running look like in the US?
  6. What led you guys to get into podcasting?
  7. You enjoy bringing great stories to readers/subscribers.  Can you give us a sneak peak of a story your team is working on?

Runner’s World Podcasts:

The Runner’s World Show -Hosted by Editor-in-Chief David Willey, The Runner’s World Show features in-depth interviews with interesting or newsworthy runners; a roundup of the week’s running news; timely advice about training, nutrition, and gear; and other segments that bring Runner’s World to life in a new way. Find in iTunes

The Human Race -Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. It brings the depth and reporting you’ve come to expect from ambitious features in the magazine—but with the intimate and immersive aspects only audio can provide. Find in iTunes.

Photo credit: Runner's World

Photo credit: Runner’s World

Also Mentioned in This Episode . . .

flat runnerThe Race Day Kit -recommended items to bring to your marathon. Read Angie’s full list and download our pdf checklist version here.

The Jabra Sport Pulse -the ultimate wireless workout solution with in-ear heart rate monitor.

Epic Summer Conquest! Coming soon to a MTA podcast near you! We bought a camper and are spending the entire summer traveling. With three rambunctious boys. In a confined space. All summer long.

Shoutout to Academy member Kathleen from Maine who qualified for Boston at the Sugarloaf Marathon recently.

I completed the Sugarloaf Marathon yesterday and got a BQ! I needed 3:45 for a BQ but I wanted to run a 3:40. Training went well-many thanks to the MTA training plan and podcasts. Yesterday was rainy and chilly so I just put my head down and ran-and I completed it in 3:39:58, 5th in my age division and I met my goal! So happy, although it still hasn’t sunk in. Every marathon has changed me and Sugarloaf 2016 was no different. Boston 2017 here I come! Thank you for the encouraging words and stories in this group. You’re definitely a great group of people! -Kathleen

2 Responses to Interview with David Willey, Editor-in-Chief at Runner’s World

  1. Deena Rocco May 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    Loved the podcast with David Willey. Lots of interesting stuff! Thanks guys!

    • Trevor Spencer May 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback Deena!

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