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/Head 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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Kevin Aguimatang

Full Marathon Coach

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Kevin had been convinced, through misguided social media posts, that running even farther would bring him happiness and enlightenment.

Little did Kevin know that his goal of running a 50 miler was about to be tested by his love of drinking beer and eating sushi.

Matt Massey

Half Marathon Coach

I am a NM native, born and raised in Farmington.  I went to school in Las Cruces at NMSU (go Aggies) and moved to Albuquerque in 1994 after receiving my degree in Accounting.  I currently live in the South Valley with my partner (Elena) and my English Bulldog (Zeke).  I have 2 adult children; one is currently in Oakland, CA and the other here in Albuquerque.

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Dan Aragon

10K 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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Gary Costley

Beginner (Walk-to-Run) Coach

Friday, September 30, 2016 - A day that will live in infamy...for me. I returned from bowling league and on my way from the kitchen to the living room, I collapsed. I was rushed to the hospital and the doctors and nurses induced a coma to save my organs. My Wife was told that I would probably not wake up and if I did, I'd basically be a vegetable. It was determined that I would be taken off life support. Luckily, I woke up after 5 days. This life changing experience wasn't enough to make me change my diet and exercise habits.

Back in the late '90's I started running to get back into shape. I even finished the Walt Disneyworld Marathon in 1999 in 4:09:08 (my only marathon). I ran the half marathon at Disney the following year and gave up running shortly after that.

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