About Jeff Burtka

Jeff Burtka is a lawyer, a writer, a former rower and rowing coach, and an avid runner. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan with a double major in History and English. Jeff also possesses a J.D. from George Mason University in Virginia.

Jeff is a native Michigander who moved out of the state in 1997. He moved to Chicago, then Virginia, then Connecticut, then back to Virginia, before finally returning home to Michigan in 2014. Jeff managed a blog about Michigan for about four years but needed something new to write about. He decided to start Avid Runners, so he could write about something else he loves.

Jeff is married to a talented, intelligent woman who was a varsity athlete at the University of Michigan, enjoys running herself, and is a much, much better writer than him. They have two talented and intelligent daughters (guess where they get those traits from) who don't like to hug Jeff when he's sweaty from a run. Jeff and his family are dog lovers. They have a crazy mutt who is a great swimmer when chasing ducks but otherwise prefers using the stand up paddle board.

Jeff is running the 2019 Boston Marathon for the ChadTough Foundation to help fund research to fight DIPG, an aggressive and inoperable brain cancer that primarily affects young children. To learn more and to donate, please click HERE.