Peter Larson, PhD

Dr. Peter Larson offers gait analysis and footwear consultation services at Performance Health. Pete earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Richmond in 1997, and earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Ohio University in 2003 (his primary areas of doctoral study were vertebrate anatomy, evolution, and biomechanics). Prior to joining Performance Health, Pete taught Human Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Physiology courses at Saint Anselm College for ten years, and chaired the Biology Department from Fall 2011 to Spring 2013.

Pete has written extensively about running form and footwear on his website ( and in academic publications (Journal of Sports Sciences, Lower Extremity Review). Pete has been featured in popular magazines (e.g., Runner’s World – herehere, and hereRunning Times; New York Times Magazine), and he has also written a book titled “Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running“. In addition to his writing, Pete routinely works with running shoe companies on running footwear testing and design, and he has run in over 100 different pairs of shoes in the past few years.

Pete is an avid distance runner, having completed nine marathons, one ultramarathon, and numerous shorter distance races. He also coaches beginner and intermediate 5k programs with Erin Girzone through the Concord Recreation Department, and was a coach for the adult summer 2013 running camps at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, VT.

Outside of his professional and athletic pursuits, Pete is married to a wonderful wife and is the father of three active young children. He enjoys camping, hiking, swimming and exploring new places.