Summer Coaches


TroyHemstreet

Coach Troy

Assistant Coach - Yellow Marathon Group (9:15-9:29)

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Running: 9
  • Years with Austin Fit: 7
  • Number of Marathons: 21
  • Number of Half Marathons: 11
  • Favorite Race: Walt Disney World Marathon
  • Goal: Eventually to qualify for the Boston Marathon and join the 50 States Marathon Club (12 States down!)

A few years after quitting smoking, Troy realized that he had gained quite a bit of weight. He decided to do some running to try and lose some of that weight. When a friend found out, she convinced him
to join Austin FIT. With a bit of trepidation, he joined with the idea that he might be able to do a half marathon, but a marathon was definitely out of reach for an overweight ex-smoker like him. Come the first day of training, he ran with the marathon group, knowing that if it got to be too hard, he could switch to the half marathon group. The awesome coaches of Austin FIT just pumped him up, and he followed the training. Lo and behold, that overweight ex-smoker made it to his first marathon and finished! He has come back to Austin FIT each following year to either help coach other runners or to just enjoy the camaraderie of other runners with similar goals.