Cory Smith Cory Smith of TripSavvy. Courtesy image. Lives In Santa Barbara, California Education Villanova University Cory has written for Outside, Muscle & Fitness, Gear Patrol, Gear Junkie, Gear Institute, Podium Runner, Trail Runner, Footwear News, and Philadelphia Magazine. He has been featured as an expert running source in Runner’s World, Men’s Journal, Podium Runner, and Philadelphia Magazine.He is the Founder and Head Coach of Run Your Personal Best, an online running coaching company helping runners of all abilities. His running personal records include a 4:03 mile and 8:05 3000 meters. He has also climbed up to 5.13. Cory is a freelance journalist specializing in running, climbing, outdoor and fitness-related content, and gear reviews. He’s been an elite-level runner and rock climber for over 25 years and a full-time running coach since 2014. He prefers competitive running and pushing hard up peaks to leisurely strolls. If it doesn't involve physically pushing yourself, he's not interested. He loves to dissect gear and think like a product engineer. Gear is best when every single detail down to the logo is well-thought-out and functions to make it perform better. And let's face it, if it doesn't look good, do you really want to wear it? Experience Cory has been writing about running and fitness since 2014. Despite barely passing English in high school, Cory is a regular contributor to Outside, Muscle & Fitness, Gear Patrol, Gear Junkie, Gear Institute, Podium Runner, Trail Runner, Footwear News, and Philadelphia Magazine. He is considered one of the leading running shoe reviewers and has run just about every shoe since 2015. Education Cory earned his B.S. in Finance from Villanova University with a heavy concentration in Track & Field and Cross Country. About TripSavvy and Dotdash Meredith TripSavvy, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.