Since 1973

Melody Fairchild

World-class Runner, Motivational Speaker, Coach

Melody Fairchild, worldclass runner, motivational speaker

Melody Fairchild

Melody has been a professional athlete for 22 years

Melody Fairchild 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


  • 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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Running Coaching

Join The Women Warriors training group!

Women Warriors Training Group

I take a long-term approach informed by my running 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!


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

Kids Running

Boulder Mountain Warriors                                                    High School Girls Camp

Dates: June 25th-28th

Location: Allenspark, Co.

Learn tools every HS girl needs, to be resilient in the face of challenges. Hone your intuition, running skill, mental game and inner strength. Learn from Melody Fairchild and excellent staff, how develop a sustainable approach, for a lifetime of healthy, happy running. Guest speakers from CU Boulder and former campers who are successful Collegians.

Run on beautiful trails near Rocky Mountain National Park, make new friends from around the country who share your passion for Running.


Email Melody to hold your spot for 2016!


Join our Kids Running Club

At Boulder Mountain Warriors we focus on character and skill development for kids of all ability, ages 8-14. We understand that participation in our club is one of many wells from which kids will drink, as they grow through life. We use the lessons that running and competing offer, to instill the qualities of the Mountain Warrior: Passion, Commitment, Courage and Resiliency.

Summer: Three Fun Activities to Join us, for FREE:

Join us for Wednesday evening FUN RUNS, 6:00pm  at our clubhouse: Flatiron Running Company Address: 629 South Broadway, Boulder, 80305 

Boulder All Comer’s Track and Field Meets : June 4th, June 18th, July 2nd. Schedule:

Wear your BMW Gold and Black and come out for some fun, spirited competition, on a warm summer eve. Coaches will be on-hand, to help kids warm up and run their races.

INFO: Call Melody: 303-818-8063

Boulder History inspired fun-run scavenger hunts in downtown Boulder! Location and Times, TBA.

BMW’s Junior Olympic XC Team


Season Dates: October 5th – December 12th.

JOXC: Fun, competitive races along the front range, including our home BMW meet and practices on Monday and Wednesday evenings, prepare athletes for the Colorado USATF state XC championship, regional championship and for those who qualify, the national championship.

Teams for boys and girls in these age groups: 8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14

DETAILED information on USATF Colorado and to register for a membership; be sure to sign up as a Boulder Mountain Warrior. Club #: 32-0402

Season begins Monday, October 5th, ends Saturday, December 12th. USATF Youth Membership is required for participation: $20 at

Practices: Mondays at Viele Lake, South Boulder Recreation Center, 4-5:15 pm, Wednesdays at Buff Ranch, 4-5:15 pm

Season Schedule:

Oct. 11th – Kokopelli Classic XC, Colorado Springs

Oct. 17th – Boulder Mtn. Warrior XC Challenge, Boulder

Nov. 7th – USATF CO. State Championship, DeKoevend Park, Centennial, Co.

Nov. 21st – USATF Regional XC Championship, Albuquerque, NM.

Dec. 12th – USATF National XC Championship, Albuquerque, NM.

*More weekend races and events on the schedule, coming soon!

Boulder native and champion runner Melody Fairchild  teaches and leads by example, the Way of the Boulder Mountain Warrior: keeping passion alive by having fun and being adventurous, setting goals which inspire us to be courageous and to deepen commitment and being resilient – always showing up and giving our best, no matter the circumstances!

Questions? Contact Melody


Way Of The Warrior

The Boulder Mountain Warriors team is a kids running program aimed at using sport to develop exemplary citizens and team mates, as well as athletes.

Passionate, Committed, Courageous, Resilient KIDS!

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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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