Since 1973

Melody Fairchild

World-class Runner, Motivational Speaker, Coach

Melody Fairchild, worldclass runner, motivational speaker


Melody has been a professional athlete for 22 years.

Career highlights include:

  • First HS girl in U.S. History to break 10 min. for 2 miles. (9:55:00)
  • Two-time Footlocker XC Champion (’90,’91), current course record holder  (16:39, 5k).
  • Bronze Medalist, Jr. World XC Championships, Antwerp, Belgium 1991
  • 8-time Colorado state champion and Current State Record holder in 3200, 1600, ’89-‘91
  • NCCA All American Track and XC, UO Ducks, ’92-‘96
  • NCAA Champion, 3000m indoors, UO Ducks, ‘96
  • Two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, 10k (’96) and Marathon (2000)
  • U.S World Track and Field Championships Team Member, 1997, 5k

Melody National Masters 5k 2014 - Big Win!


  • 2014: Four USATF National Master’s Titles: 5k, 10k, 15k and Trail Half Marathon Championships
  • 2014: 1st, Freihofer’s Run For Women Master’s 5k
  • 2014: 1st, Lifetime Fitness’ Leadville race Series 10k; course record by 4 minutes, 38:07
  • 2012: Top Ten World Mountain Running Championships, Ponte, Di Legno, Italy; member of U.S. Gold Medal Team
  • 2012: Top Ten World Long Distance Mtn. Running Championships, Jungfrau Marathon, Interlaken, Switzerland
  • 2012: 2nd, U.S. Mountain Running Short Course (8k) Championships, Loon Mtn., N.H.
  • 2012: 7th, Bolder Boulder 10k Citizen’s Race 36:12 (altitude)
  • 2012: 4th U.S. Trail Marathon Championships, Project Athena Moab Trail Marathon
  • 2012: 4th USATF Colorado State  XC Championships Colorado Springs
  • 2012: 2nd, USATF  Colorado State Half Marathon Championships, Boulder Half Marathon
  • 2012: 5th, USATF Colorado State  10k Championships, Evergreen Town Race
  • Winner, 2010, 2011, Collegiate Peaks 25 mile trail race, Colo.
  • Winner, 2010 118  mile Trans Rockies Run, Colorado
  • Winner, 2011 Colorado Half Marathon (1:23:00)
  • Top 3 in 2010 and 2011 Teva Mountain Games – uphill Half Marathon and Trail 10k


  • Newton RunningNEWTON Running Elite Team Member, Present
  • Fitness Professional, RallySport Health and Fitness Club
  • Head Coach, Boulder Mountain Warriors Kid’s Running Club
  • Director, Melody Fairchild Running Camp (2007-present)
  • Graduate, Cortical Field Re-Education certification Program, 2010
  • Steens Mountain Running Camp Staff and Guest Speaker, 2000-current
  • Graduate, University of Oregon, B.A., English, ‘96
  • Assistant Track coach, Willamette University, ‘04
  • Assistant XC Coach, Wellesley College, ‘03
  • Head Girls XC Coach, Simsbury HS, Ct., ‘00

Personal Bests:

3k: 9:07
5k: 15:30
10k: 33:06
Half Marathon: 1:11:34

Marathon: 2:44:44




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Join The Women Warriors training group!


I take a long-term approach informed by my coaching certification through the Lydiard Foundation. Recovery and greater performance are encouraged through teaching of CFR (see “CFR on this web-site).

CONTACT me, for details about joining our current group of Women Warriors, meeting Tuesday and Friday mornings for workouts!

*A Sampling of Training Tips:

Melody Feeling GoodStrides: Do them prior to a workout, after a long easy run or  during your warm up before a race. Between 80-100 meters in length, these are bursts of speed are, among other things, to encourage quick turnover, concentrate on relaxed, efficient posture and to feel youthful and fast! Build up to soaring speed by halfway, keep flying for a few more seconds, then roll to a nice stop. Recover fully, then do it again.

Dynamic Drills:

Do these BEFORE working out or racing, as an alternative to static stretching. Dynamic drills help recruit all of the muscle groups, giving balance and efficiency to your stride.

Straight Leg March:

Opposite hand to opposite toes, kick one leg out straight in front of you, while the opposite hand comes to meet it’s foot. Fire the hip flexors in front to LENGTHEN the Hamstrings in the back.


Stand with feet hip width apart. bend down to touch your shins or toes sticking tail bone up towards the sky. Walk hands out until you are a flat plank and to the point that if you went any further, you would fall onto your belly. Hold there, using your core and arm strength and count to 10. Inch your toes back towards your hands, allowing your tailbone to rise straight up toward the sky, your shoulders to soften and your neck to lengthen. Repeat three times. This will warm up and turn on your CORE and lengthen the hamstrings/lower legs.

If you would like to work with Melody CONTACT or call her at 303.818.8063

Kids Training

Join Boulder Mountain Warriors XC Club!

Upcoming Events:

BMW’s Middle School Cross Country program:  Starts Aug. 24th:

Through BVSD’s Life Long Learning, this program will provide Middle School runners an opportunity to do FUN training weekly with their school team and to compete in FUN XC races over a 7-week season. Currently BMW’s staff are hiring coaches at each of the BVSD middle schools and forming the practice and competition schedule. Details here, by April 15th and on BVSD’s Life Long Learning web-site, later in the Spring.

If interested in coaching or for more information about the program, please email Melody Fairchild at

BMW’s Junior Olympic XC Team

Season Dates: October 5th – December 12th.

JOXC is for runners with a competitive fire. These athletes love the satisfaction of digging deep and challenging perceived limits, to reach for a goal. Fun, competitive races along the front range, including our home BMW meet, prepare athletes for the Colorado USATF  State XC Championship, regional championship and for those who qualify, the National championship.

Age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14.

For detailed information on USATF Colorado:

Details on the season coming by April 15th!

Does your son or daughter love to RUN?




Boulder native and champion runner Melody Fairchild   will teach the Way of the Boulder Mountain Warrior: commitment to Self, Team and Community. She will help individuals identify their passion, visualize their dream for living it and summon the courage to follow it. The secret to having a sustainable relationship with running is keeping passion alive by having FUN and heeding the call to adventure! Hear what it takes to be a champion and to be a valuable member of your Pack.

Mary Sweeney, founder of Way Of The Wild, will teach skills to sharpen intuition, increase self awareness and stay calm, in our technology-driven, fast paced world. Mary is the director of Way of The Wild nature programs:
In addition to Melody and Mary, two excellent staff will be running with, inspiring and guiding the Pack. Their bios coming soon.


Questions? email Melody


 Way Of The Warrior


Being a Warrior is having the courage to strive for something just beyond our reach and allowing that inner stretch, each time we dream and do, to chisel us into a person of character and confidence…regardless of the outcome. The lesson is to keep going, not expecting “perfection” but experiences to grow from. The greater the risk, the greater the chance of falling, but big chances to transform are what Warriors live for!

Boulder Mountain Warriors programs aim to support kids in having the courage to “fail” and the wisdom to realize that experiences fully appreciated – no matter what they offer –  are all part of the journey of becoming a true warrior; there are no failures, only lessons to be learned from our continuing experience.

For additional questions, please call Melody: 303-818-8063


Cortical Field Re-education

Prior to discovering the ease and efficiency …

that running with awareness of her bones gave her, Melody endured several overuse injuries which seemed career threatening at the time. In the mid-nineties, as part of her search for healing she discovered Cortical Field Re-education, a movement awareness discipline. Melody discovered how to use her body and bones in an intelligent way.

Melody Fairchild CFT Practitioner and Elite RunnerVery quickly …

Melody gained a bone-deep understanding that she now had options for movement, and learned that she could be at choice about changing discomfort or tightness in her body when running – a joyful discovery for any athlete who wants to stay in the game!
As a result of her early studies in CFR Melody regained her running form as a professional athlete and has gone on to enjoy success in competition  into her forties. Profoundly impacted by these outcomes she embarked on the path to becoming the accomplished Movement Awareness instructor that she is today and completed a four year professional training in CFR.

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  • “As a coach, CFR has allowed me to offer athletes on-the-spot suggestions for subtle changes that make an immediate difference in clients’ performance.

    As an athlete, I am accessing Flow more easily than ever before. Much of this has to do with slowing down to notice what I am doing, so that I can feel what it has been costing me to remain within locked-in patterns for years. When I give myself an hour (or five minutes)!on the floor to discover my patterns and learn what my options are for new, more functional movement, it is life-changing.

    Melody Fairchild, Coach and Competitor· Cortical Field Re-Education
  • “I have been a competitive runner for much of my adult life. I was in a very traumatic car accident 14 years ago and part of the reason I survived (as did my unborn daughter) was because I was in such good shape. I have done years of therapy and movement that have helped me return to an active lifestyle. However, recently I felt that I had reached a plateau in my running and thought that I had reached my full potential since the accident.

    Then I started CFR with Melody. In just 4 lessons, I have seen changes in my body that I did not think were possible this long after the accident. I have renewed excitement for training and racing based on the improvement I have seen in such a short time of doing CFR. I can’t wait to keep working with Melody to see how far I can get.”

    Vicki Hunter, Adult Top 10 Competitor· Cortical Field Re-Education




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