Round Rock FIT – Chapter Coaches

Round Rock FIT Coaches

Round Rock 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!

Randall Chapin

Organizer/Head Coach : Blue/Green

I have been running for many years and have completed over 30 full marathons as well as numerous shorter races. This will be my eighth season coaching at Round Rock Fit, and my first season serving as a coordinator. I coach the Blue/Green group for the full marathon. I enjoy working with new marathoners and watching them progress, but I am always happy to discuss training, race tactics and taper strategies with the experienced runners as well.  I am looking forward to accepting the challenge of coordinating the entire group this season and hope to make it a memorable season for everyone.

Anne Couch

Co-Organizer

Welcome to Round Rock Fit! My name is Anne Couch and I am the co-organizer along with Randall Chapin. I have been running with Round Rock Fit for 7 years. I started when I was training to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my daughters. After that super fun race I continued running , mostly half marathons.  I ran my first marathon - the Chicago Marathon - with a number of other experienced RRFIT marathoners. Since then I have run the Pittsburgh marathon and completed one virtual marathon - not sure I want to do that again!  I love running - the physical part and the social aspect- running with my friends and family. I look forward to a great 2020/2021 season getting to know new runners and continuing old friendships.

James Brandenburg

Head Coach : Blue

I started with Round Rock Fit 20  years ago, when it was founded, as a coach for the blue group. Over the years I have completed several events including: Austin Distance Challenge Series, Boston Marathons, Berlin Marathon, Half Ironman events, and others. I’m looking forward to another great season helping the blue/green group and other runners achieve their athletic goals.

Enes Medic

Assistant Coach : Blue

I have finished 14 full marathons (including the Boston marathon), many shorter races and 3 Tough Mudder challenges. I joined the USA FIT Round Rock blue – green group in 2011. This will be my first season as coach and I am excited to help others meet their long distance running goals.

Carl Martin

Head Coach : Yellow

I began running with Round Rock Fit in 2010 after having four stents placed around my heart, and realizing that I needed to make a change.  My wife had already ran 10 full marathons and as many half marathons, so I thought I’d start out with a full marathon.  I have learned and continue to learn the good and bad practices surrounding marathon training, and want to share with those who continue to strive to improve.  I have enjoyed for many years the camaraderie of the people who continue to show up on not only the great days, but also the cold windy and rainy days.  The marathons are the icing on the cake, but the real achievements to me are during the training leading up to those races.  I look forward to supporting and cheering on the group going forward.

Roy Silva

Coach : Purple half marathon

This is my 7th year with Round Rock Fit and my 1st year as an assistant coach with the Yellow Marathon Group.  I joined Round Rock Fit in 2011 with no intention of running a marathon.  I considered myself a lifelong runner but had never run more than 10 miles.  With the training program and support of the coaches and fellow runners I finished the Austin Marathon.  Since then I have completed 6 marathons and 2 half marathons.  I continue to run for my health and mental well being, and have met some really great people along the way.  The program is enjoyable and convenient for my crazy schedule.

Belinda Frye – Coach Red

Assistant Coach

Hi, my name is Belinda and I have been running with Round Rock Fit for 18 years (2001-2002 season). I have been an assistant coach for the yellow full-marathon group and head coach for the purple half-marathon group for several years. I have completed 12 marathons, numerous half-marathon, marathon relays, 10k and 5k runs. I am really excited to help coach the group and help you reach your running goals. Come join us this upcoming 2019-2020 season; we look forward to seeing you there.

Mitchell White

Assistant Coach : Purple

My running with Round Rock Fit started in the fall of 2014, when my gym trainer suggested I consider joining the group to help me reach my overall fitness goals. I had no plans to run in timed events of any length. During the first morning’s run of two miles, I considered quitting; frankly, I was struggling. Coach Mika paced me through to the “win,” though, and I’ve been going ever since. My first season I participated in several runs in the 5K to 10K length, and also ran my first two half-marathons: Disney ’15, and Austin ’15. All the coaches and participants encouraged me throughout that season, and we all became a family of supportive runners. By the next edition several coaches suggested I try out the Reds, “just to see if you like it.” I thoroughly enjoyed that training, though I was still convinced that a marathon was out of my reach. During my second season I ran several shorter events, eight half-marathons, and I completed my first full marathon: the Austin. I also completed the Austin Distance Challenge, a total of six events that included shorter and longer runs. For my third season I committed to the Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge, and I finished it! I’m pleased and honored to be an assistant coach of the Reds in 2017-18. I look forward to helping others reach their running and fitness goals, injury-free. My motto: “If I can do it, you can do it!”

Barb Garcia

Assistant Coach Red

My name is Barbara Garcia.  I am married with 3 kids, 6 grandkids and Max, our chihuahua.  I have lived in Round Rock for 30 years!I have been a member of Round Rock Fit since 2009, with the exception of 2010.

I ran my first half marathon in 1988.  I broke my ankle in 1989 and thought that’s the end of my running.  A good friend of mine had other thoughts.  With her support, I ran my second half in 1990. After that, I took a 10 year break before running my next half in 2000.

In 2009, my daughter convinced me to join this great group called Round Rock Fit.  I ran my next half in 2010 with my daughter.  After that race, a doctor told me that it was not good for me to run more than 6 miles and I should consider long distances out the window.  It took me about a year, when I convinced myself that life is too short.  I came back to this great group of people in 2011.

My goal was to run one half marathon a year.  In 2015, I signed up to train for the Austin Marathon in 2016.  Since then my goals have changed with the awesome runners, friends and motivators from Round Rock Fit.  I run for fun, food and my health!

I’m looking forward to sharing stories and meeting new runners this season.  Oh and yes, I have signed up for my second Austin full marathon in 2020!

Patti Grant

Assistant Coach: Red

Hi, I’m Patti Grant, I’ve lived in the Austin area since 1986, I moved to Round Rock in 2008. I am a mom of two grown sons Bryan and Travis who live in Frisco, Texas with their families. I’m a Mimi of a grand-daughter Lily, grand-son Benjamin and (4) grand-dogs. I have a house cleaning and pet sitting business.
After completing a local 5K in 2009, RRFit had their tent at the Finish Line. I joined Round Rock Fit that season to train for my first Half Marathon, 2010 Austin Half Marathon.
I’ve bn part of the RRFit Family off and on ever since. My coaching experience is Coach of Purple Half Marathon group and Assn’t Coach the Red Marathon group.
I’ve completed (8) Marathons, over (2) dozen Half Marathons, dozens of various distances consisting of 5K, 10K, 10 miler, (2) Ragnar Relays, (4) Triathlons, (2) Austin Distance Challenge Full-Track. I used to be all about my pace and finish time. I learned what’s important is to stay injury free and have Fun!
I am a highly dedicated Camp Gladiator member, an outdoor boot camp. I workout 3-4xs a week in Pflugerville with my Trainer, Marion Jones.
In addition to running and Cg, I enjoy bike riding, reading and playing with my (2) Schnauzers and a Schnoodle. My boyfriend Jonathan is very supportive especially me getting up at 4am to run on Saturday mornings.
I enjoy motivating and encouraging others to achieve their goals. Accountability is very important when being part of a group setting. Saturday morning long runs, daily runs, seminars, cross training, nutrition and self-care will be your tools to getting you across the finish line.
You don’t have to be fast, just consistent. Whatever your pace, walk or run this program is for everyone.
My motto It’s Not About Finish Times, it’s About Finish Lines

Alvino Ojeda

Assistant Coach : Yellow

I've been running off and on for 20 years.
I did Portland Fit a couple years ago for 2 summers and loved the accountability, training, routes mapped out for us, it was awesome! After taking a break to have my 4th and 5th babies, I was thinking of coming back and love being part of something and helping others so being an Assistant Coach seemed like a good fit!
My 2019 goals are to run a half marathon in April, and I would love to plan a marathon for the fall and am running with a team of my family, for Hood to Coast.

Uma Rao

Assistant Coach :Half

Hi, My Name is Uma Rao.
I have been running with Round Rock Fit since 2012.
I ran/walked my 1st half marathon in Feb 2013. Since then I've been hooked.
I have done the Decker half, 3M half & Austin half for the past 2 years. In 2017-2018. I also did the distance challenge.
Round Rock fit is a fun group to run with... everyone is so encouraging & motivated. It's contagious...
Looking forward to this 2020/2021 season. Meeting old friends & making new friends along the way.

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