Austin FIT – Chapter Coaches FALL

Austin FIT Fall Coaches

Austin 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!

Coach Linda

Organizer/Orange Group Head Coach


  • Years Running: 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 15
  • Ultra Marathons: 1
  • Number of Marathons: 25
  • Half Marathons: 10 plus
  • Favorite Race: USA Fit Resolution Race
  • Goal – Help anyone willing to meet their training goals! She'd also like to run a full or half marathon in all 50 states
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Coach Satwinder

Organizer/Green-Yellow Group Head Coach: 9:30 to 9:59 Full Marathon

  • Years Running: 15+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 12
  • Ultra Marathons: 1
  • Number of Marathons: 22
  • Half Marathons: 2
  • Favorite Race: Los Angeles Stadium to Sea
  • Goal – Continue running as much in future as I can.
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Coach Samantha

Green Group Full Marathon Coach (8:30 & below)


Hi there!
My name is Samantha Alden. I moved to Austin just a few months ago and am still trying to find my way. I have two children, Josh and Charlie. I am very much about family. We spend most of our time on a golf course, tennis court, boat or running (running is first for me) My family love to bike with me while I run. I love when they push me or keep me going when my brain try’s to give up!
I am a physical therapist by training and am also trained as a Physician Assistant. I have worked with my husband, who is an Orthopedic surgeon, for many years. It's been a fun journey this far.
I grew up running in England, I ran for England, under 18s,  in the 800 meters and the mile. I was a sponsored athlete for quite sometime, until I had an unfortunate car accident. It kept me off the track for a while and from there I never really got it back. I fell in love with the half marathon and marathon distance and have done pretty well over the years. Now, I spend most of my time supporting my kids to be the best possible students and athletes they can be, so the spot light is on them! However, I still put together about 50+ miles per week. Typically, the miles have no rhyme nor reason, I just run and I love it. I LOVE helping beginners, intermediate and advanced runners reach their goals. This is the ultimate reward and I have shed a lot of finish line tears watching people accomplish their goals. Whatever your goal in life, if you have the right people supporting you, you will reach it. There may be days you feel like giving up, but that will not happen on my watch. No matter what level of runner you are, having the support of someone who  believes  in YOU and what YOU can accomplish, makes our journey fun…… I hope to be a part of your goals and success. Remember, running is as much metal as anything else and my coach used to tell me “your mind will give in long before your body” Cheers  to many miles together  xoxo Sam!

Assistant Coach

Yellow Group Half Marathon Coach: 9:00 – 9:59


Yellow Group Half Marathon Coach (9:30 to 9:59)

Coach Marzi

Red Group Head Coach: 10:00 to 10:29 Full Marathon


  • Years with Austin Fit: 4
  • Number of half and/or full marathons: 9
  • Ultra: 1
  • Goal: Run a half or full marathon in every state
  • Favorite Race: Dublin Half Marathon 
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Red Group Half Marathon (10:00-10:29)




Coach Liz

Red Group Full Marathon Assistant Coach (10:30 – 10:59)


  • Years running – 11
  • Years with HoustonFit - 4
  • Years with AustinFit - 2
  • Number of Half Marathons - 13
  • Number of Full Marathons - 3
  • Favorite Race - TIR (Texas Independence Relay - 200 miles)
  • Goals - run Melbourne Full Marathon 2021 with old running mate:).
    Also, to complete a few trail Half Marathons 2021/2022.

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Liz starting the path of running to learn how to take care of herself by enjoying the emotional and physical benefits at the age of 37.  She never looked back even when there were breaks in her running regimen, her heart and mind are always envisioning the next great “run”.  She is originally from H-town so she has done many races with Chevron Houston, Fulls and Half’s and 5k’s.

She will tell you many heartfelt stories on how HoustonFit changed her life for a monumental positive which includes fun running trips and the best running crew and running mate a girl could have.

She’s excited to be part of the Fit Family again by joining AustinFit.

She loves to say, “the best is yet to come!”

Coach Victor

Red Group Half Marathon Assistant Coach (10:30 – 10:59)


  • Years Running: 17
  • Number of Marathons- 2  Austin Full Marathon 2014 and Marine Corps Marathon 2015
  • Number of Half Marathons: 16
  • Favorite Races: 3M Half Marathon, Run For the Water 10 Miler and Marine Corps Marathon
  • Favorite Distance: Half Marathon
  • My Goal: To share my passion of running with others and help them to achieve their running goals. To maybe run one more marathon by age 60.

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I started running while serving in the Marine Corps and quit running when my tour of duty ended., I took up running again in 2007 for therapy and to get healthier. Throughout this running journey, I have achieved what I sent out to do and  now wish to share my passion to help reach their goals. I feel that running for a goal should be both challenging as well as fun. It,\'s about getting it done and the camaraderie that comes with it.

Full Marathon Orange Group (11:00 – 11:29)


Coach Yvette

Orange Group Half Marathon: 11:00-11:29


  • # of Years Running: 10 years
  • # of Years with Austin Fit: 9 years
  • # of Full or Half Marathons: 8 half marathons
  • Favorite race - Notre Dame Holy Half: Two 6-mile’ish loops around the beautiful Notre Dame campus and it was cold but sunny!
  • Member of the Texas Beef Team – Go Beef!

I am very excited to be back coaching at Austin Fit this fall and look forward to meeting some new runners! After training for the 2012 Cap10K with some Austin Fit coaches, they encouraged me to try Austin Fit and to do a half marathon. Up until that point, I hadn't run longer than 7 miles, and I ran my first half marathon (San Antonio Rock n’ Roll) in 2012.  That first summer of training, I made many great running friends who shared my passion and every year I enjoy meeting new runners.  I am so grateful for all the people I have met in Austin Fit over the years and am excited to once again coach!

Orange Group Full Marathon (11:30 - 11:29)

Orange Group Half Marathon (11:30-11:59)




Orange Group Full Marathon (12:00 - 13:00)


Coach Rita

Purple Group Half Marathon Coach (15+)


  • Years running:  16
  • Years with Austin Fit:  16
  • Number of Half Marathons:  18
  • Favorite Races:  3M ½ Marathon
  • 2020-21 Goal:  To help her walkers get to the start line so they can cross that finish line.
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Coach Paula

Walking Coach Half Marathon: 16 to 17




Coach Heather

Walking Coach: 18 to 20+


  • Years running or walking: 6
  • Years with Austin Fit: 5
  • Number of half marathons: 4
  • Favorite Race: Cap10k
  • Goal: To stay fit and able to walk a half marathon

After years of delay and excuses, Heather finally picked up her shoes and went out for her first run in 2016. "I can do anything for a minute!" she told herself. Little did she know that with the help of Austin Fit, she'd be able to run and walk half marathons - four and counting! "If I can do it, anyone can!" is her mantra. Come join us and let's walk this city together!