Summer Coaches

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Coach Linda

Organizer - Fall Red Group Head Coach


  • Years Running – 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit – 9
  • Number of Marathons – 15
  • Half Marathons – 11
  • Favorite Race – Chicago
  • Goal – Run a full or half marathon in all 50 states

Linda is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through NASM who enjoys the art of fitness. Linda coordinates a local boot camp in her community and is always amazed at how people become receptive to exercise by simply being exposed to it. Linda is a Professor at Huston Tillotson University where she enjoys [Read more…]

Coach Janice

Head Coach - Team Fit - Summer & Fall


  • Years Running: 30+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 8
  • Number of Marathons: 23
  • Number of 50K: 3
  • Favorite Race:  Medoc Marathon – France (wine stops and costumes)
  • Years doing Triathlons: 20
  • 140.6 Ironmans:  4 and 70.3 Ironmans: 7
  • MS150 rides: 12
  • Goal:  Live a Good Story

Coach Janice enjoys sharing her training and racing experiences and stories.  She also enjoys traveling and believes the best races are those you travel to with a group of friends.  In addition to being an Austin Fit Fall Red Group Head Coach for several years, where she created many of the running routes used by Austin Fit Saturday long run groups, she has also coached triathlon training groups, and provided “Tour Guide” monologues during many Saturday long runs.  This season Janice takes over Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Feel free to ask her about stretching routines, hydration and nutrition options for a wide range of races and conditions, and about her many “destination” races.

Ryan Hess

Coach Ryan

Head Coach - Green Half & Full Marathon (7:00 to 8:30)


  • Years Running – 15 +

Ryan ran track and cross country at Round Rock High School where he led the team to regionals in 2004. After high school, Ryan ran for two years at Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado. He has also run for Texas Team Mizuno where he competed in road races throughout Central Texas. Ryan has been a Boston Marathon runner for many year and just ran Boston again this year. Ryan first started working for RunTex in 2006 as a sales associate, which soon led to a management position. He became store manager for RunTex Lake Austin as well as RunTex Riverside. Due to years of proven experience Ryan excels in customer service, product knowledge, industry knowledge. Ryan has been a Boston Marathon runner for many year and just ran Boston again this year. Ryan is looking forward to joining Austin Fit’s coaching team and helping runners seeking a 7 to 8:59 pace achieve their running goal.


Coach Sandy

Head Coach - Yellow Full & Half Marathon Groups


  • Years Running: 15+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 5th year
  • Number of Half Marathons: 13+
  • Favorite Race: Diva Race Half Marathon in VAIL
  • Goal: Complete Texas Tri Series and 6 half marathons in one season

Sandy has been running off and on for over 15 years. One of the reason she loves to coach for Austin Fit is the amazing people she gets to meet year after year. Sandy thrives on the contagious enthusiasm of someone training for there very first 1/2 Marathon and watching them attain that goal. It is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.


Coach Greg

Head Coach - Full and Half Marathon Groups (10:00-10:29)

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Greg owns Guthrie Lumber and Distribution Centers, Inc. off of East 7th St. He has lived in Austin all of his life and enjoys it very much. Greg started running with Austin Fit 7 years ago and became a USA Fit certified coach and this will be his 5th year coaching. Greg is currently training for his 13th Marathon in Chicago Oct.11th and New Orleans Feb. 28th. as his 14th.

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Coach Patrick

Head Coach - Orange Full Marathon Group (11:40-11:59)


  • Years Running: 7
  • Years with Austin Fit: 7
  • Number of Marathons: 2
  • Number of Half Marathons: 15
  • Favorite Race: NYC Marathon All the energy and hearing Frank sing New York New York at the start is an experience I’ll never forget.
  • Goal: PR Austin Marathon in 2016
  • Run/Walk Interval 3/1

Patrick began running in 2009 with the goal of running the Cap 10K. After completing the Cap 10K he continued to run some more 5K’s and 10K’s before deciding to train for the 3M Half. Patrick joined the Austin Fit Fall group and Austin Fit helped him train for and complete the 3M and Livestrong races. [Read more…]


Coach Jessica

Head Coach - Orange Half Marathon Head Coach (11:15-11:29)

Run/Walk Interval – 5 min/1 min


  • Years Running: 10
  • Years with Austin Fit: 5
  • Number of Half Marathons: 15
  • Favorite Race: Rock N Roll New Orleans and Las Vegas
  • Goal: To make running FUN!

Jessica started running with USA Fit (Round Rock) completing her first marathon in 2006. She did it as a motivation to find balance in life and as a stress relief.  Since then she has continued to run with Austin fit on and off setting many goals, conquering obstacles and meeting many lifelong friends along the way.  For her, running with a group makes the miles easier to accomplish, more entertaining and it keeps her motivated to run faster and achieve more goals.  She loves helping other runners meet their individual goals and hopes to provide a positive an entertaining approach to training, “It’s all about having fun and being with a supportive group,” she explains.   Along with this Jessica runs for the Beef Team (Texas Beef Council’s Running Team).  She also has two boys, and is proud to share they have already completed many races.