I am an Exercise Physiologist with more than 20 years of professional experience in the field. I have also been a competitive endurance athlete for nearly three decades having the good fortune to have raced nearly every imaginable endurance sport. Finally, as a father, husband, and business owner I understand what it takes to create a productive training-life balance.

I am committed to working with athletes of all ages and abilities to help them reach their training goals. Their success truly is my greatest reward. The photo on this page is of me standing near the top of the Mount Washington Auto Road during the Mount Washington Road Race.  I stand there during the race ringing a cowbell to cheer on all of the athletes as they get close to summiting the mountain. That’s the type of commitment I bring to my coaching too.

-Chris J. Dunn
Ascend Endurance Coaching


Chris J. Dunn, Ascend Endurance Coaching

Wake Forest University, Health & Sports Science, MS (1993)
University of New Hampshire, Zoology, BA (1991)

Professional Experience-Sports Science
Owner & Founder
Ascend Endurance Coaching, LLC [2017-present]
Sports Coached: ultra-marathoning, trail racing, mountain racing, stage racing, snowshoe racing, triathlon, road racing, obstacle course racing, adventure racing, mountain bike racing, enduro bike racing, indoor rowing, rock climbing

Owner & Founder
Dunn Fitness Consulting, LLC [2004-2009]

Professional Experience-Clinical
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Southern Maine Health Care (ME) [1999-2017]
Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
The Works Health & Fitness Center [1998-1999]
Program Coordinator

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
The Medical Center at Bowling Green (KY) [1993-1998]
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director

Professional Experience-Education
Adjunct Faculty
University of New England [2001-2005]
University of New Hampshire [2001-2005]

Undergraduate Instructor
Wake Forest University [1991-1993]
Winston-Salem State University [1991-1993]

Guest Lecturer
University of Southern Maine [2005]

Professional Recognitions & Certifications*
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
American College of Sports Medicine

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
National Strength & Conditioning Association

Performance Enhancement Specialist
National Academy of Sports Science

Cycling Coach (Level 3)
USA Cycling


Personal Experience
Sports Participated: trail racing, mountain racing (summer & winter), snowshoe racing, triathlon (on road, off road, winter), road racing (5k-marathon), ultra-marathoning, obstacle course racing, adventure racing (summer & winter), mountain bike racing, road bike racing, cyclocross, wife carrying, hot dog eating & beer drinking relay racing


“12 and 24 hour mountain bike races tend to be less about fitness and more a battle of attrition. Thanks to Coach Chris Dunn’s guidance on pacing, fitness, and nutrition I was able to get my second win at the 12 Hours of Pats Peak.”

-Ken Wiley

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