The Coaches

Coach Linda – Organizer

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running: 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 13
  • Number of Marathons: 21
  • Half Marathons: 10 plus
  • Favorite Race: USA Fit Rockin' Resolution Race
  • Goal – Help anyone willing to meet their training goals! I'd also like to 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 Personal Trainer at UT – Division of Recreational Sports and a Professor at Huston Tillotson University where she enjoys  working with students and assisting them in reaching their academic pursuits. Linda ran track in high school and continued to run in her adult years, but never really considered herself a runner until joining Austin Fit. Prior to joining Austin Fit, she ran her first 13.1 miles in 1997; thereafter, Linda ran mainly 5Ks and 10Ks.  She started running marathons in 2005 and has now run about 15 marathons and11 half marathons.  Linda takes much pleasure in coaching runners and helping our members get to the finish line of whatever race they desire.  The distance she enjoys running most is a 10K.  Her most exciting run is the 3M half marathon.  Linda’s most challenging runs are any runs (short or long) in hot weather.

Coach Satwinder – Organizer

Fall Head Coach - Yellow and Green Half & Full Marathon Groups

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running:  9
  • Years with Austin Fit:  4
  • Number of marathons:  8
  • Favorite Race:  Los Angeles
  • Goal:  to see everyone in his group finish the race strong

 Satwinder has been running marathons since 2005.  Before getting into long distances, he has always enjoyed running, earlier short distances.  He has been with Austin Fit since 2010.

He has run 8 marathons, mostly Austin, and in Los Angeles and San Antonio.  Favorite race was Los Angeles, running with his sister, and seeing so many well known places along the course.  He enjoys running with the group, and coaching along the way.  Besides passing on the running enthusiasm to others, his goal is to see everyone in his group finish the race strong.  He believes almost anyone who has some interest, can get trained and finish a marathon.

Coach Irene

Walking Group: Pace 14 Plus

Fast Facts:

  • Years with Austin Fit: 3
  • Number of Half Marathons: 3
  • Favorite Races: Races with her grandson
  • Favorite Distance: 10Ks

Irene has been walking with Austin Fit for 3 years and has coached the walkers for 2 sessions.  Her first year, she completed a half marathon and throughout her walking “career” has participated in 10 10K run/walks. Her favorite races are the ones she does with her grandson and son (he beats her every time).  What drew her to Austin Fit was the opportunity to walk and meet new friends with shared interests.  She loves the many routes through Austin and seeing parts of the city that she never would experience otherwise.  It’s amazing how different the city looks from two feet than from 4 wheels! She has made many hew friends and looks forward to finding even more to enjoy the outdoors and the warm experience of walking and talking.

Coach Sandy

Head Coach:  Summer Green and Yellow Half & Full Marathon Groups 9:59 and below

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running: 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 10th 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 Megan

Assistant Coach:  Green Full Marathon Group - Pace 8 - 9 min pace

Fun Fact: Magen, spelled this way, is Hebrew meaning “shield” as in the Magen David aka the Star, or shield, of David.
Fast Facts:
  • Years running: 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 2 years
  • Full Trail Marathon – 1
  • Several road & trail halfs
  • Spartan races: 3 (the trilogy)
  • Numerous 5K/10K/5mi/10mi/fun runs
Goal: Currently running in the Austin Distance Challenge 2017-2018. Hoping to run her first 50K race in 2018. Aspires to complete the Coastal Challenge 2019 in Costa Rica (a 6 day race down the coastline of Costa Rica). Aiming to become a certified fitness trainer in 2018.Magen began running at age 12 and competed in cross-country and track throughout middle school and high school. Over the next decade, she only ran now and then for fun or to burn off steam. More recently, and especially since becoming an Ambassador for Run Like a Girl and an Austin Fit Coach, she is more inspired than ever to train and become the best runner she can be, while also encouraging others in their running journey. She has been a nurse since 2009 and with her skills, knowledge, and experience, she hopes to positively impact the lives and health of as many people as possible as long as she lives.

Coach John

Assistant Coach:  Green Half Marathon - 9-9:29 Pace FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running: 19+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 4
  • Number of Half Marathons: 9
  • Number of Full Marathons: 4
  • Favorite Race:  Galveston Sand Crab run
  • Goal: Continue to complete marathons, half-marathons and other fun runs in other cities around the country.
John began running at an early age, ran competitively in high school and has continued to run for fun as a way to reduce stress, get to know the surrounding areas and stay healthy. John is also a bicycle enthusiast and enjoys biking to and from work.  John likes running with Austin Fit because of the amazing people, the great routes around town, the great support that Austin Fit provides to everyone involved.  John enjoys helping & supporting others to reach their goals is looking forward to another great season with Austin Fit.

Coach Brett

Assistant Coach - Yellow Half Marathon Group (9:00 - 9:14)

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running:  20+
  • Years with Austin Fit:  3
  • # Marathons = 1; # Half Marathons = 9
  • Favorite Race: 3M
  • Goal:  Have fun, keep in shape as I get older, and help others to experience and enjoy running!
Brett has been coaching for five years with Austin Fit and has been running much of his life.  He ran cross country and track in high school and loved the camaraderie and sense of team accomplishment.  Brett’s father, Jon, is his running inspiration and a long time Cross Country coach.Running with his dad, Brett completed his first marathon in Wichita, KS.  Since that time, he has completed several half marathons and has fallen in love with that distance.  2014 is Brett’s first year coaching Austin Fit and he is excited to be part of the team!

Coach Maria

Assistant Coach - Yellow Full Marathon Group 9:30-9:45 Pace

Fast Facts

  • Years Running: 17
  • Years with Austin Fit: 16
  • Number of Marathons: 28 Full marathons, many half marathons, 2 Half Ironman triathlons and 1 MS150 ride
  • Favorite Race:  Medoc Marathon – France (wine stops and costumes)
  • Goal:  Stay active and live healthy
Maria joined Austin FIT to train for her first full marathon in 2001. She’s been a member since and enjoys coaching and hopes to inspire new and veteran runners to reach their running goals.

Coach Brenda

Head Coach:  Summer Red Half and Full Marathon Group- (10:00-10:59)

FAST FACTS:
  • Years running: 30+
  • Years with USA FIT: 4
  • Number of Marathons: 4
  • Number of Half Marathons: 10
  • Favorite Race: Cap10K, 3M Half
  • Goal: Run the 2019 Brazos Bend 50K
Brenda has been running since she was 12 years old, and was a long distance runner in middle and high school as part of the cross country and track teams. Throughout the years, running has been a constant and has seen her through the many changing seasons in her life. Finally deciding to run a marathon in 2015, she came across the USA FIT program. She looks forward to continuing to learn about herself and sharing her experiences with other runners looking to take on the challenge of running their first marathon.

Coach Jeff K

Assistant Coach - Red Full Marathon Group - 10-10:29

Fast Facts:
  • Years Running:  7ish
  • Years with Austin Fit: 3
  • Number of Marathons: 5
  • Number of Half Marathons:  7
  • Number of Ultras: 1
  • Favorite Race: The Cowtown in Ft Worth
  • Goal:  Finish each race
Jeff and his wife signed up for a running class at their gym 5 years ago.  Before the class began, he typically ran 2-3 miles a half dozen times a month.  Five months later, he ended the class with a 9-mile run.  That success prompted him to run the Cap 10K, which led to the Austin half the next year, and his first marathon that fall.  When he’s not running, Jeff teaches at Texas State University and cheers on his wife at her triathlon events.  

Coach Betsy

Assistant Coach:  Summer Red Half 10:30-10:59

FAST FACTS:
  • Years running: 16
  • Years with USA FIT: 11
  • Number of Marathons: 1
  • Number of Half Marathons: 16 or so, and 3 Half-Ironman's
  • Favorite Race: 3M Half or New Orleans Rock n Roll Half
  • Goal: Support new and veteran runners, and stay fit as I turn 40 this year!
Betsy was a short-distance runner and race-walker in middle and high school, but barely ran at all during college and the years after. She returned to running when she moved from Boston to Austin and wanted to get in better shape before her wedding. To keep up her motivation after the wedding, she signed up with Austin FIT to train for her first half-marathon. She has run with Austin FIT ever since, minus taking about a year off twice to have her two sons. She took up triathlons 4 years ago and has since completed three half-Ironman races with her twin brother. She has coached for Austin Fit for two years now and is excited to help lead a new group of runners in the heat this summer!

Coach Amber

Assistant Coach:  Red Half Marathon Group - 10:30-11 Pace

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Running: 10+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 2+
  • Number of Half Marathons: 6 and shooting for more
  • Favorite Race: Austin Marathon
  • Goal: Boston Marathon
I have always been a runner!  In High School I did Cross Country and Track, then started doing races again in my early 30's.  I am married with 4 children, so running keeps me sane and always on the go.  I am new to coaching but have always been a social butterfly.  I will do my best to make the right decisions and get everyone to their own unique goal. "Forget the Glass Slippers THIS princess wears running shoes!"

Coach Jeff B.

Head Coach: Summer Orange Half and Full Marathon Group (11:00-13:00)

FAST FACTS:

  • Years running – 34 (first marathon in 2000)
  • Number of Marathons – 32 (9 in Austin, and 23 others between San Diego (Rock N Roll), Nashville (Country Music), Phoenix (Ariz. Rock N Roll), Dallas (White Rock), San Antonio (Rock N Roll), Duluth MN (Grandma’s), Orlando FL (Disney), Houston (USA Fit), Houston (Chevron), Las Vegas, New Orleans (Rock N Roll), Little Rock, Tulsa (Williams Route 66), Anchorage Alaska (Mayor’s Midnight Sun), New York (TCS), Washington DC (Marine Corps) and Joplin MO (Joplin Memorial Marathon).
  • Number of Ultra Marathons – 1  (Sunmart 50K Ultra Marathon)
  • Number of Half Marathons – 16
  • Favorite Races – (1) Disney Marathon, (2) Sunmart 50K Ultra Marathon, (3) TCS New York City Marathon, and (4) Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon (Anchorage, AK)
  • Favorite Distance – 50K (31 miles)
  • Goals – (1) to run a marathon in each of the 50 states, and (2) to break under the 4½  hour mark
Jeff started running in high school and continued during his college years at UT Austin. While at UT, he got to where he ran the Longhorn Dam loop (MoPac to Longhorn Dam and back) three times a week. It was during that time that he set the goal to “someday” run a marathon. When Jeff went off to law school in Des Moines, Iowa for three years, he stopped running for a while. “With all the ice and snow, I found it very hard to run outside for several months of the year and I despise running long distances indoors or on a track.” Upon his return to Austin, he slowly got back into running and ultimately stumbled upon an advertisement for a marathon training group called, Austin FIT. Remembering his goal to run a marathon, he signed up. At registration, he could not even complete the 2-mile pace run. But 26 weeks later, he completed his first marathon. Because of how this experience changed his life, he decided to become a marathon coach and he since has dedicated himself to helping others attain the same goal. He has been a coach, head coach, and organizer/director for Austin FIT, and he has been an assistant coach and head coach for Team In Training. Jeff has since run 32 total marathons and one ultra marathon, along with many half marathons and 10K’s and 5K’s. Running is a big stress reliever for Jeff and provides a diversion from the hectic pace of life as an attorney in Austin.

Coach Debbie

Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon Group - 12-12:30 Pace

FAST FACTS:
  • # of Years Running: 3
  • # of Years with Austin Fit: 3
  • # of Full or Half Marathons: 8 Half Marathons
  • Favorite Race: Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon San Antonio.  Far enough away to feel like a destination race, but close enough to home to not spend a lot of energy on travel (so you have it in reserve for the race).  This run is along a nice course with lots of, historical sites, good energy and a great post-race concert.
  • Goal is to win the lottery so I can complete a half marathon in every state!
Debbie decided a couple of years ago it was finally time to get off the couch, lose some extra weight and get healthy.  Since she also always had finishing a half marathon on her bucket list, running seemed like the way to go!  A lucky Google search lead her to Austin Fit and a great group of people! Now she is looking forward to being an assistant coach with Austin Fit and making more new friends.

Coach Christine

Assistant Coach:  Orange Full Marathon Group - 11 - 11:29 Pace

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running: 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 9
  • Number of Half Marathons: 30+
  • Number of Full Marathons: 15
  • Favorite Race: Zooma Half Marathon - Bastrop
  • Goal: Break 4:30 for a Full Marathon and run healthy for many, many years.
Christine is retired form the US Army and was "forced" to run for PT - she never really enjoyed it.  When she started running to lose weight she really caught the bug and then ran her first full marathon in Phoenix, AZ, in 2001.  She loves coaching and inspiring others to get up off the couch and accomplish something they may never have thought they could.

Coach Trish

Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon Group - 12:30 - 13:00 Pace FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running:  15
  • Years with Austin Fit: 10
  • Number of Half Marathons:  24
  • Favorite Race: Austin Half Marathon, IBM Uptown Classic 10K
  • Goal:  To be stronger than she thought she could be
Trish ran her first mile at age 25. It took two months to run a mile without stopping! She started half marathon training because she wanted to challenge herself. She continues to run half marathons because of the positive impact on her health and it’s still a challenge. She coaches because she likes to help others reach their goals.
   

Coach Desirae

Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon Group (12:00 - 12:30) FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running:  25+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 1.5
  • Number of Half Marathons:  15
  • Number of Full Marathons: 3
  • Favorite Race: San Antonio R&R Half
  • Goal:  Improve full-marathon finish time and finish races feeling stronger
Desirae started running in 1993 and, after finding running buddies about ten years ago, began doing full- and half-marathons.  She’s completed all of her races alongside her running tribe. It is this encouragement and support she wishes to share with her fellow Austin Fitters.

Coach Brian

Assistant Coach:  Orange Half Marathon Group - 12-12:30 Pace

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running:  10
  • Years with Austin Fit: 10 total, 9 coaching
  • Number of Half Marathons:  22
  • Favorite Race: Shiner Half, Air Force Half, 3M Half
  • Goal:  Finish all races I start, be an effective coach, have fun with my group, and help my group achieve their goals injury free.
Brian began running again after at least a forty-year running layoff in 2009, training with Austin Fit for the Cap 10K. He continued with the half marathon training group that summer. His first half marathon was the 2009 San Antonio Rock and Roll Half. Brian returned to Austin Fit in 2010 as an assistant half marathon coach and has coached again every year since. He has completed numerous 5K, 10K and 10- mile races as well as 22 half marathons. He has successfully completed the Austin Distance Challenge several times and runs as a member of the Texas Beef Team. Brian enjoys the camaraderie of running with groups and the fun and achievement involved in meeting his running goals and helping his runners achieve theirs. He is looking forward to running with his 2018 running group, and hope they have as much fun as he has had running with Austin Fit.  

Coach Jim

Assistant Coach: Orange Full Marathon Group - 121:30 - 11:59

FAST FACTS:
  • Years Running – 20
  • Years with Austin Fit – 7
  • Number of Marathons – 89
  • Half Marathons – more than 150
  • Favorite Race – Big Sur International Marathon
  • Goal – 100 Marathons
Jim is a Galloway method runner.  During the heat and humidity he does a 1 minute run and a 1 minute walk.  With cooler weather he shifts to an 80 second run and 40 second walk. He completed the Joplin Marathon in May in 5:15:58 doing 15 seconds walking and 15 seconds running.