Phoenix Fit – Chapter Coaches

Phoenix FIT Coaches

Phoenix FIT coaches are ready and here for you to being your training! For any program or season, these coaches will help prepare you for any race!

Valeriya Butler

Chapter Leader

Valeriya (Valé - ri-a) is a long-time running enthusiast who began her running career with a challenge in 2008. She is neither a high school track competitor nor a professional athlete. Encouraged by her natural athleticism, she completed a 5K and then joined a running group called Phoenix Fit to prepare for her next challenge, a half marathon. After successfully completing a half marathon and a few full marathons, she became a coach for the program, sharing her accumulated knowledge with others. Valeriya's dedication lead her to research and understand the scientific explanations behind her body's reactions to long-distance training. This same curiosity motivated her to become a certified personal trainer. Combining her passion for education and training, Valeriya offers strength classes to help others achieve their fitness goals. Despite her diverse interests in fitness, running remained Valeriya's true passion, and she has continued her role as a coach with Phoenix Fit to this day.

Mercedes Cimino


I am honored to be part of the USA Fit organization and to have shared in the training journeys of our members since 2004. The time has flown by and it seems like just yesterday that I showed up for my first meeting a little nervous that I was going to be intimidated by hard-core runners. That preconception could not have been farther from the truth. Everyone I have met in association with Phoenix Fit has been friendly and supportive. The coaches are approachable and the members are eager to share their running experience and learn from one another. Until I joined Phoenix Fit I had spent most of my running time solo. I have since come to appreciate the benefits of running with a group. Not only have I learned many tips from coaches and fellow runners, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.

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