Albuquerque Fit – Chapter Coaches

USA FIT Albuquerque Coaches

USA FIT Albuquerque 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!

Bob Samala

Organizer/Marathon Coach

I am the organizer for USA FIT Albuquerque (aka Albuquerque Fit).  My journey here has been rewarding and challenging, but most of all truly enjoyable. Running a marathon will “Change Your Life”.  It certainly has for me.  In 2014, I made the resolution to finally knock it off my bucket list.  I did not have a running background.  I tried training on my own by reading books, following various online programs, but I was running without any real direction.  Running alone was not very fun.  Then I joined the Albuquerque Fit Summer Program that June.  I never knew there was such a large group of runners – all ages, all levels of ability, all shapes and sizes and most importantly all friendly and supportive.  My once dreaded runs turned to miles of joy!

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Vicky Samala

Co-Organizer/Administrator

I am a wife, mother of twins (and fur babies), Art Director, singer, crafter, shopper, and so on. One thing I am not, is athletic. After the urging of my husband (yes, the USA FIT Albuquerque Organizer), I joined Rio Fit several years ago for the fitness aspect of it. I did not want to run races, but found myself running some 5K's, 10K's and even some fun runs; Warrior Dash and Dirty Dash with my whole family (we named ourselves the Asian Leprechauns, after our marriage of our Filipino and Irish backgrounds).

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Gary Schancer

Beginner (walk to run) Coach/Head Coach/Performance Coach

I am an exercise physiologist, a certified running coach and have been working in the fitness industry for 22 years since retiring from the Air Force. I began running in high school 100 years ago and then ran on and off for many years. In 1994, I got very serious about my health due to bad family history of heart disease, and I started running regularly. Since then, I have run 69 marathons and 31 ultra marathons, including numerous 50 and 100-milers and at least one marathon in all 50 states.

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Ted Borek

Half Marathon Coach

I hope to help you reach your time and distance goals while you train with us this season. I run, swim, bike and lift weights which I have done my entire life. I swam and ran cross country in high school, which is longer ago than I care to think about. My current challenge is triathlon. Up until several years ago, I dreaded running events, because I was slow. I was convinces I couldn’t get faster, didn’t know how to train and thought I could never go farther than 3 miles without keeling over. Our training programs at USA FIT Albuquerque have shown me that I can run as far as I want improve my time and improve my health. It has helped to change my life. So, I want to bring these benefits to you. Together we will unlock your physical and mental potential so you will look forward to training whenever you get the chance!

Dan Aragon

10K/5K Coach

Why Running? Two years ago, I was asked to participate in a 5k fun run for our wellness program at work. I had not run in years and was quick to turn down the invitation because I was not a runner and preferred to ride my bike. I had many “legitimate” excuses on why I could not participate. My co-workers did not give up on me, but were finally were able to convince me to give it a chance.

Growing up here in Albuquerque. I played many sports; Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Football. As young adult I jogged, played League Basketball, Softball and Volleyball. I even completed a few 100-mile bike rides and finished a Triathlon. I always considered myself to be a good athlete.

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