Michael Owen began running competitively while at Eastern High School in Reedsville, Ohio. Since then he's competed in college at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, and after college, he's competed individually in marathons and ultramarathons.
At Shawnee State, Owen was a member of the two highest finishing teams in school history at the NAIA Cross Country National Meet. He was also named an All American after finishing third in the marathon at the 2011 NAIA Track and Field National Championship.
While a graduate student at Ohio University, Owen created Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners (SEOTR), a non-profit organization that seeks to foster a community of runners by hosting quality running events in southeastern Ohio. He directs six annual events with more than 1,200 participants for SEOTR.
For seven years, Owen instructed a trail running course at Ohio University, where countless college students were introduced to the sport and became involved in the community. The course led to the formation of the Ohio University Trail Running Club and more than 15 of his former students went on to run their first ultramarathon, and many more their first trail race. He considers his role at Ohio University and seeing his students become involved in the sport as one of his proudest works.
As coach of the Hocking College men's and women's cross country teams, Owen will combine his years of experience as a collegiate and post-collegiate runner, years working with college students and passion for the local running community to start and lead the programs.