Cypress Fit – Chapter Coaches

Cypress FIT Coaches

Cypress 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!

Wendy Riley

Organizer - RRCA Certified & Hill Work Coach

I have always been a fairly active person with a background in dance, aerobics, and weight training. Until I started with USAFit Cypress, running was not my exercise of choice. Luckily, a friend asked me if I wanted to join USA Fit Cypress. She shared with me about the comradery, educational seminars, race medals, and socials, so I decided to give it a try.

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Mario Calvo

Assistant Coach - Green Full and Half Marathon & Advanced Training Coach

I have helped lead and assisted the Blue/Green groups and the interval training practices with Cypress Fit going on 5 years now. I have a special interest in trained and non-trained individuals body’s adaptations to endurance events like marathons and triathlons. From my own experiences and interests in strength and conditioning, I’ve gained valuable knowledge in how to train for these events and have shared these tools to help others achieve their goals. I enjoy helping Cypress Fit being a fun, safe and enjoyable club where like minded individuals can do what others might think is impossible or insane in their eyes. I have completed many 5K, 10K, 26K, half marathons, full marathons, Sprint Tris, Olympic Tris, and Half Ironman Tris. I hope soon to add more to my list and do even longer distances. If you have a goal or goals for your next event or questions about running or how to be an effective runner, feel free to ask me or one of your other coaches, we all don’t bite. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails.

Robyn Stout

Full Marathon Coach & Yellow Full Marathon Assistant Coach

I am so grateful for the USA Fit Cypress community which has supported my running new personal bests including a 50K trail race I never would have imagined running prior to USA Fit and these great people! I am motivated to do more running and training as a function of Saturday group runs,, the mid-week workouts, the great conversations during our time together and the general support for all of us to meet our individually set goals. The non-running social events help me meet folks who run at different paces and learn from their inspiring running and life stories. I found USA Fit about 3 years ago and have been involved ever since where I am amazed each season at the new people I meet and the goals we achieve with the support of each other. I encourage you to join this great running club!

Jeff Streets

Assistant Coach – Red Full Marathon

During my youth in a small Kansas town, I was always active and athletic. In high school, I excelled at football, basketball and track. The 440 yard dash was my specialty. Yes, high school races were measured in yards back the 80’s.

So, you could say that I have always been a runner. Still, distance running does not come easy for me to this day. I have had to learn how to run long training distances and endurance races. I started learning to run long distances in 2005 after noticing that I wasn’t as fit as I wanted to be and learning that my cholesterol was borderline. Heart issues run in my family, so I felt I needed to make a plan that would keep me healthy for many years.

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Mimi Nguyen

Assistant Coach – Red Full Marathon

I used to hate running!  I would marvel at my coworker when she told me that she runs 3 miles around Memorial Park 3 days during the week and 6-9 miles on Saturdays.  I never imagined that I could run 3 miles let alone a marathon. Little by little I started to run with some of my coworkers. The most I ran was a few 10K races.

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Ramona Lauterbach

Assistant Coach - Orange Full Marathon

My childhood was dedicated to gymnastics. In high school, however, I found the love for running. I used to be a fast runner, unbeatable fast😊. Due to other priorities, however, I stopped running after college many years ago.

One of my goals, when I moved to this community, was to start running again. I do not like running alone; it had to be in a group. I found CyFit three years ago through the communities Facebook page. One of the organizers, Donya, touched base with me after she read my post requesting information about a running group and provided details. I decided to join without knowing what to expect. I remember how tense and insecure I was felt my first day. Well, the heartwarming welcome of the CyFit coaches and members made me return and continue my running journey, with what I call today my CyFit family. Thanks to the great coaching, I was able in the shortest time to sign up and run several half marathons. My Saturday’s motivation is the early wake up to join the group for a run, great communication and laughter!

Janet Laurell Assistant Coach

Janet Laurell

Assistant Coach - Yellow Half Group

I ran 5Ks for a long time until a friend convinced me that doing a half marathon would be a great idea. I signed up for the 2005 Aramco Houston Half, downloaded a training schedule, and did all my distances on the three mile loop in Memorial Park all by myself. I survived it so I signed up for the full marathon for 2006.

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Shannon Sucato Assistant Coach

Shannon Sucato

Assistant Coach - Red Half Group

I have always been relatively active and enjoyed playing all kinds of sports as a kid, especially volleyball.  Running was never my passion, but more of something I had to do as part of my sports training.  As I got older, I started running more and participated in several 5ks and 10ks in my 20s and early 30s.  In 2010, my sister (who had just given birth to twins the year before!) trained for a half marathon through USA FIT Houston.  I was so inspired by her journey that I decided I wanted to do it too!

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Summer Rivenbark

Assistant Coach - Red Half Group

My love for running started when I was in Jr. High and High School. The longest distance I ran at that time was the 400 meter dash. I decided my junior year to trade my running shoes for dance shoes and quit doing track for drill team but the love of running was still in me. After I graduated, I started running again for weight control and got hooked!

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Betty Gu Assistant Coach

Betty Gu

Assistant Coach - Red Half Marathon

I started running about eight years ago when a friend of mine talked me into finally joining a gym. I hadn’t exercised for as long as I could remember, so all the group exercises seemed challenging to me, not to mention those intimidating weight machines. For the first few weeks, I felt a bit overwhelmed.

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Brian Credeur

Assistant Coach - Red Half Pace Group

After “taking off” about 18 years from exercise and fitness I’ve been striving to develop a better me and to set a good example of a healthy lifestyle for my kids. I had generally considered myself a fit and healthy person, but when starting to exercise and train again, I discovered it to be a bigger challenge than expected. On that journey, a friend introduced me to triathlons and a cousin got me hooked on long-distance relays (Ragnar Trail Race!). Initially, I wasn’t much of a swimmer or long-distance runner, but after individual research and training, things began to come together. A few years ago, a friend who was a member of USA FIT Cypress suggested I sign-up. Having only trained on my own, I was a little nervous about running with others. I’m so glad that I decided to give it a try, because I have enjoyed sharing the hard work and its rewards, fun times, and experiences with my fellow CyFit-izens.

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Stella Pangilinan

Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon

Finally, I found the best running group in Houston! I have been with two running clubs since 2012 but Cypress Fit is incomparable. Here in CyFit we treat each other not just as running mates but as family/friend.

When we moved to Bridgeland in late 2018, the first thing I looked for was the running club which I heard is one of the best in Cypress.

Come Nature Fest of Spring of 2019, with no hesitation, I approached the stand that says, “USA Fit Cypress” but I can’t remember why I did not sign up right there.

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Mile Pallotto

Assistant Coach - Orange Half Marathon Pace Coach

Joining USA FIT Cypress training group has been rewarding in many aspects personally, such as becoming healthier and more physically fit, and really being part of a family of runners that extends beyond the scheduled running days. We are like a family that sincerely cares for each other. I never ran a half marathon in my life, or signed up for a race until 2018. Initially starting off at age 50 and being seriously overweight, the mental challenges of running a half marathon seemed liked a crazy idea. After all, I had nothing to prove to myself anymore as I had already accomplished so many things in my lifetime. But this wasn’t about accomplishing something to say I accomplished it, but rather a new lifestyle to enjoy life to the fullest in my latter years of life. A new purpose, and a renewal of saying that age is just a number and not a limiting factor.

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