Runner Academy Apologizes to MTA

You might have come here looking for the post “Runner Academy is Plagiarizing Our Content”. You can find it here.

Matt Johnson has offered the following apology.

I take responsibility for my actions. While I did not steal your content word for word I did structure it too similar. I modeled too much of what you did
and did add a substantial portion of my own spin to it. I could have done
better. Everyone deserves better. I let myself get too caught up in winning
and competition and I made some poor decisions. -Matt Johnson

While the evidence does show that Matt copied some of our content word for word, I am willing to accept this apology, and be done with this whole ordeal.

My hope is that we never have to deal with this again and can get back to helping people reach their running potential.

I appreciate all the support MTA has received over the last two days. You guys are awesome!

Happy Running,


11 Responses to Runner Academy Apologizes to MTA

  1. Rachel October 10, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Classy and well done guys.

    • Trev October 10, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Thank you Rachel.

  2. Dan October 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Well done, Trevor. You and Angie continue to prove that you are class acts!

    • Trevor Spencer October 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks Dan.

  3. Ellen H October 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    It’s always nice to see good things come to such honest, hard-working, and classy folks such as you and Angie. So glad the issue’s been resolved.

    • Trevor Spencer October 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks Ellen.

  4. Amy October 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Class act all the way. I saw his site go down but now it is back up. I will be a bit more wary in the future of his content. You and Angie do a great job and I wish you the best in Chicago. Wish I was running it this year but it’s on the list for next year!

  5. Henry October 11, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Unfortunately, yours is the second website Mr. Johnson has plagiarized from. I stopped listening to his podcast after the first admission. We all make mistakes but to repeat the same unethical act is disgusting.

    Kudos to Angie and Trevor on taking the high road.

    I’m sure Mr. Johnson will be visited by karma at some point.

  6. Jack October 13, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    You are too kind. The guy is a fraud who makes the same ‘mistake’ over and over again.

    He will continue to be a malignant presence in the running community.

  7. Sarah October 16, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for always knowing and taking the high road.

  8. Mike Post February 14, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    I can understand your compassion and resolve, but you should never delete blog posts. You should always do a follow up instead. But please never delete them.

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