East Bay FIT coaches are ready and here for you to begin your training! For any program or season, these coaches will help prepare you for any race!
East Bay FIT Coaches
Organizer / Head Coach
Kevin has been a runner for many years and joined East Bay Fit in 2007 to train for his first full marathon. Since then he has run many more marathons, ultra marathons, and completed triathlons of all distance from sprint to full Ironman. Kevin is now the Organizer for East Bay Fit; hoping to help others achieve their running goals. Kevin is a RRCA Certified Running Coach, a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach, a VDOT O₂ Certified Distance Running Coach, and a proud level 4 "Iridium" member of Marathon Maniacs and of ORCAS Open Water Swim Club.
Becca joined USA FIT in 2015 with the hopes to complete a half marathon. New to running, she found a fantastic community in the program and benefited from the expertise of the group. With the support of USA FIT East Bay, Becca has gone on to complete several half marathons, full marathons, trail runs and ultramarathons. Finding joy and a deep appreciation for running, Becca has set her sights on ultra distances. She looks forward to sharing her passion and helping others to keep moving forward.
Elaine saw an advertisement for USA Fit East Bay while sitting on the couch one day and realized it was impossible to get exercise and be healthy without getting off the couch. Taking the plunge, she signed up and has been running with USA Fit East Bay ever since. With the help of this group, Elaine trained for her first half marathon in 2016 and went on to complete her first full marathon in 2018. Along the way she’s made many rookie running mistakes, learned invaluable running tips, and most importantly, met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. Elaine is excited to train with you and the USA Fit East Bay team this season.
Michele returned to running (after a 15 year hiatus!) in 2015 while training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a successful summit to the roof of Africa, she joined USA Fit East Bay for the 2016 season with the goal of running a half marathon. Though she had never completed more than a 3 mile run prior to joining the group, she met her goal and completed the 2016 San Francisco Half Marathon. Michele attributes her running success to the coaches and fellow runners of USA Fit East Bay as she would not be where she is today without its great training program. She is honored to again be an assistant coach for the 2019 season and she hopes to inspire runners out on the trails.
Saugat joined USA FIT Eastbay in 2018 to get trained for a full marathon. Having run a number of half marathons Saugat realized that he need help to be able to complete a full marathon and ran the Oakland Marathon as a part of the USA FIT group. The group helped him overcome injuries and he relied heavily on the advice and expertise of the coaches to successfully complete his first full marathon. Since then he has run 6 full marathons and hopes to continue running many more in the years to come. He promises to bring enthusiasm, smile and encouragement to every long run.
Growing up the youngest of six with traditional Mexican parents in SF Bernal Heights, Isela discovered that running was the only physical activity her protective parents allowed her to do (besides dancing in her basement), so, at age 13, she began running around the Bernal Hill and soon completed a 5K with two of her siblings. Isela never stopped running even through college, through her teaching career, marriage, and two pregnancies. In 1999, Isela completed the San Francisco Marathon, her first of nine marathons! Since then, she has also completed a 50K run in San Jose and numerous smaller races. In 2018, she found strong companionship for her long runs through USA Fit East Bay and is excited to share her knowledge and experience in hopes that she can support and inspire other runners of all backgrounds and experiences.
Lisa spent a lot of years at the gym and was getting quite bored and wanted a new challenge. She decided to try running with her husband, Coach John, who thought he could help her. Well, it didn’t go well, however, she was still interested in the idea of running. She saw an advertisement for USA FIT East Bay and thought that outside coaching would be better for the both of them. She completed her first marathon in 2005 and has remained an East Bay Fit member/coach ever since. She has completed one other marathon and numerous half marathons along with a few sprint triathlons. She is excited to help others achieve their goals in the same way her coaches and fellow runners helped her.
John joined East Bay Fit in 2005. His wife (Coach Lisa) saw an ad for East Bay Fit and suggested that they both join. Both of them had limited running experience but thought training for a half marathon would be a great experience. A few weeks after the start of the training they became irrationally exuberant and decided to train for the full marathon. They completed their first marathon in October of that year. They continued to compete in full and half marathons. John started coaching EBF in 2007 and has participated and coached in a number of years since then. He is also an avid cyclist and has completed some short triathlons.
One of Patti’s goals was to run a half marathon so she joined USA Fit for the 2015 season. Being relatively new to running, she sought a program wherein there was accountability, consistency, motivation and most of all the guidance from seasoned coaches. Fast forward Patti has since run eight half marathons and numerous 10k and 5k races. Enjoying how running has enhanced her life, she would like to help others achieve their own goals by assisting in our training progams.
Grant started running at the gym. Having tired of treadmills, he began to venture outdoors on the streets and trails around Danville. Running outdoors brought a new set of challenges, dealing with the weather and varying terrain. Gradually he built up his endurance and started running 10K’s and half marathons. He had been training on his own, and while he considered taking on a full marathon, he found that distance a bit daunting. He heard about USA Fit’s training program but was not sure it was the right fit for him. He found the weekly long runs with the coaches and fellow runners to be energizing and actually made the training easier. He has been with the program since 2008 and joined the coaching team five years ago.