Hazel Wood founded Stride by Stride to bring the benefits of ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® to runners and walkers of all abilities. As a Certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking Instructor, Hazel teaches the techniques to groups such as Leukemia Team in Training (TNT), Team Survivor, running clubs, and corporations as well as individual runners and triathletes in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. She will soon be launching an online coaching club to work with people from all regions to help them reach their exercise goals safely, with confidence, motivation and to have fun in the process.

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Hazel had been running for over 20 years when she discovered ChiRunning in 2002 and was fortunate to learn directly from Danny Dreyer and spend time running the local trails with him learning the ChiRunning method. She was in the first group of Certified Instructors and has been teaching the technique for over 8 years to well over a thousand runners. During that time, she has been running with greater ease, more energy, no injuries and less recovery. For the first time in her life, she can run comfortably the day after a 50K thanks to ChiRunning. Hazel gets great satisfaction watching her clients tap into their potential and become more efficient and empowered runners or discover the beauty of running for the first time.

In her own running program, Hazel is equally at home on trails and on the roads. Hazel also enjoys competing on occasion and has raced all distances from 5K to 50 miles. A consistent finisher in the top 5 of her age group, Hazel also has a number of 1st and 2nd place age group awards to her name. She has also claimed three finishes in the top 35 of the famed Dipsea Race.

Combining her experience and knowledge with her positive and patient attitude, Hazel creates a comfortable environment for people of all ages from the beginning runner to the experienced road racer. Beginners and advanced athletes alike appreciate the depth of her experience.

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