Austin FIT – Chapter Coaches SUMMER

Austin FIT Summer Coaches

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

Coach Linda

Organizer/Jump Start-10K Head Coach


  • Years Running: 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit: 13
  • Ultra Marathons: 1
  • Number of Marathons: 25
  • Half Marathons: 10 plus
  • Favorite Race: USA Fit Rockin' 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 Darnell

Head Coach Yellow/Red Groups (10:30 to 10:59 Pace)


  • Years running: 14 
  • Number of Marathons: 2 Marathon and 7 Obstacle Course races 
  • Number of Half Marathons:  10+
  • Favorite Race: Golden Gate Half 
  • Dream: Run a Half in every state and run a few iconic sceneries globally

Darnell and his wife Abigail aka Pickles loves to stay fit all year round. They both joined the USA FIT program in 2017 to meet their fitness goals and also help motivate others.   

Darnell motivates others by reciting affirmations as they hit challenging hills and during long runs. Darnell realize many years ago that our mind is our greatest source of power and once you know how to tap into that power you can achieve the impossible.   

So if you ever fill down or need a self-pep talk during long challenging runs, say to yourself “I Am the Power!”😉💥

Coach Michael

Yellow Full Marathon Group (9:00 to 9:59 Pace)


Coach Michael, US Army Veteran with a passion for exercise and running. Have been running since 2009 and officially started competing in 2021. (Great COVID rebound). Have ran multiple half-marathons, 10k's, 5k's and looking to complete a full marathon at the end of 2022. Always willing to help those around me whether it is physical, spiritual or emotional. 

Coach Ed

Yellow Half Marathon Group (9:00 to 9:59)


All of the training and preparation gave me newfound confidence to try and attain new goals - both personal and professional. Most recent goal achieved was making it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. These goals made attainable due to the discipline of running. Looking forward to more running, and new heights. 

Coach Tanner

Red Full Marathon Coach (10:00 to 10:29 Pace)


  • Years Running: 15+
  • Ultra Marathons: 1
  • Number of Marathons: 0
  • Half Marathons: 0

I am an avid triathloner, but love running. I enjoy setting seemingly unattainable goals for myself, and celebrating those micro-victories throughout the journey. I enjoy biking and running with others, discovering their goals, and helping them raise themselves up to reach those goals. I am looking forward to celebrating your victories along your journey, whether it be reaching a new pace or a distance you never thought possible. Cheers.

Coach Jordan

Red Half Marathon Group (10:00 to 10:29 Pace)


Coach Betsy

Red Half Marathon Group (10:30 to 10:59 Pace)


  • Years with Austin Fit: since 2007
  • # of half marathons: 18
  • # of full marathons: 1
  • 3 half-Ironmans

Coach Betsy has been running with Austin Fit since 2007, and this is her 4th summer as a half-marathon coach. Betsy has run 18 half-marathons, 1 full marathon, and 3 half-Ironmans. Her favorite things about Austin Fit are all the friends she has made on the countless Saturday mornings out running together, and it’s proximity to Taco Joint. ❤️🏃🏼‍♀️🌮

Coach Jeff B.

Head Coach Orange Group (11:30 to 11:59 full pace)

Fast Facts:
  • Years running – 35 (first marathon in 2000)
  • Number of Marathons - 37 (9 in Austin, and 28 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), Joplin MO (Joplin Memorial Marathon), Mobile Alabama (First Light), and Marathon, TX (Marathon2Marathon).
  • 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 all 7 continents, and (2) to break under the 4½  hour mark
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Coach Laura

Orange Full Marathon Coach (11:00 to 11:29 pace)


  • Years Running: 20+
  • Number of Marathons - 3 Austin Full Marathons
  • Number of Half Marathons: 10+
  • Favorite Races: Decker Half Marathon, 3M Half Marathon, Rockin’ Resolution, and Austin Marathon
  • Favorite Distance: Marathon

My Goal: To get to meet other people who also enjoy the benefits from endurance.  I began running very young, but after school I realised that running doesn’t have to be about speed - they can be about feeling better.  The experience of others helps when preparing for races and goals.  Now, I get to enjoy getting to know the people running next to me, running in different parts of Austin, and hearing their stories.

Coach Kj

Orange Half Marathon Coach (11:00 to 11:29 pace)


Kj started running in middle school to get in shape for basketball season. She lived in rural Montana at the time so the neighbors frequently stopped to ask her if she needed a ride. As time went on, she continued running and the neighbors are used to seeing her. Now when she visits Montana they wave as they drive by her, shaking their heads wondering why anyone would run when they have a perfectly good horse. She has continued running and made it a lifelong practice because she loves to be outside. She continued increasing her mileage until she had run six marathons, scores of Half Marathons and completed a Half Ironman. Running is her favorite way to explore the trails and the neighborhoods around Austin and around the world.

Coach Christine

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


Years with Austin Fit: over 10 years
# of Full Marathons: Numerous
# of Half Marathons: Numerous

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Coach Cheryl

Orange Full Marathon Group (12:00 to 13:00 pace)



Coach Jeff P.

Orange Half Marathon Group (12:00 to 13:00 pace)
Head Coach Bariatric Transition Walk Group

My name is Jeff Preston. I am the coordinator of the Bariatric Transition Walk Group for Austin Fit. In October of 2007 I had Gastric Bypass Surgery. I was born November 7, 1963 which makes me 56 years old at the time of this writing. My top weight was over 400 lbs. Prior to my surgery my weight would yoyo constantly. No matter how much I lost, I never could sustain/maintain that weight.

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Coach Desirae

Jump Start/10K Group (12 plus pace)


Coach Dave

Head Coach Walk FIT Group (16 plus pace)


My name is Dave and I have been walking with Austin Fit for 3 yrs. As a former NCAA Division I collegiate athlete, I have been involved in many type of exercise and athletic activities throughout by life. Swimming, diving, cycling, weightlifting, volleyball, tennis and walking are just a few.

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I was never a good runner, even when I was much younger. I resisted the idea of “walking” because I never had a good experience running. I finally gave it a chance I have fallen in love with it. As I’ve gotten older and some of the activities I used to do have become more challenging, I found walking to be something I can do easily and really embrace. If you had said to me in the beginning that I would do a half marathon, I would have laughed out loud. But, I did that this past year for the first time and it was a huge accomplishment I never expected to achieve. Walking with Austin Fit has allowed me to get out and explore areas of Austin I’ve never seen before. The walk group has an awesome and diverse team of people that make each outing a pleasure. We support each person’s journey and look forward to having you join us.

Coach Lizet

Walk FIT Group (14:00 to 16:00)


Although I participated in sports off and on since high school, I didn't begin running until 13 years ago.  I have run 24 marathons and half as many half marathons, and now walking, with Austin Fit pretty much ever since. I love the camaraderie and accountability to keep on moving. During the past few years, I've enjoyed running  just to stay in shape. I've developed meaningful friendships while participating with Austin Fit, and I look forward to developing more. Now, let's do this!

Coach Brenda

Walk FIT Coach (18 plus pace)