John Schilkowsky

Coach John Schilkowsky has been running competitively for 12 years. In high school, he was a standout 400m and 800m runner; he was a two-time North Carolina State Champion at 800m and ran 1:52 to take 2nd in the 800m at the 2010 National Scholastic Indoor Championships. Upon beginning his collegiate career at Cornell University, John quickly found himself moving up in distance. In his sophomore year when he ran 4:03 for the mile in only his third ever race at the distance, John’s future as a miler was solidified. His junior year saw him continue to excel as took on longer races. He ran 24:30 for 8k to finish as Cornell’s 5th man at the 2012 Cross Country Ivy League Championships and notched a time of 8:06 for 3000m during the following indoor season in addition to lowering his mile PR to 4:02.

Though two serious injuries unfortunately kept him sidelined for most of his senior year, he still contributed to the team’s efforts as a Cross Country Captain. He went on to complete his collegiate eligibility the following year at Northeastern University where his experience and leadership played a crucial role in the young team’s success. Since joining the post-collegiate running world, John has continued to focus on the shorter track events but has also dabbled on the roads, once again finding success over longer distances. He most notably ran 14:49 and took 2nd place in the stacked 2016 Ras na heireann USA 5k, and finished 10th at the 2016 USATF-NE 10k Championships with a time of 31:30. In his first full, healthy post-collegiate spring track season, John improved during each one of his races, ultimately running a season’s best of 3:53 for 1500m. John is a member of the USATF club, New England Distance, and is an ambassador for rabbit running apparel and Topo Athletic running shoes.

After earning his bachelors in Nutrition from Cornell, John went on to earn his masters in Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern. Upon graduating in December 2015, he began working for the TIMI Study group of Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a Regulatory Clinical Trial Lead. However, upon moving to Providence, RI in July of 2017, he decided to leave that job and return to school to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Physical Therapist. He is currently enrolled in classes at the Community College of Rhode Island and will soon begin the application process for several PT schools in the New England region.

Personal Records

800 - 1:50

Mile - 4:02

5k - 14:49


1500 - 3:47    

3000 - 8:06

10k - 31:30

"What was the secret, they wanted to know; in a thousand different ways they wanted to know The Secret. And not one of them was prepared, truly prepared to believe that it had not so much to do with chemicals and zippy mental tricks as with that most unprofound and sometimes heart-rending process of removing, molecule by molecule, the very tough rubber that comprised the bottoms of his training shoes. The Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials. How could they be expected to understand that?"

~ John L. Parker Jr., Once A Runner