All of our Fit programs are overseen by our program head coach, Katie Johnson. Katie is uniquely qualified for this title because of her knowledge, experience and passion for running and walking. She holds a degree in kinesiology from UCLA, a masters in counseling as well as a teaching credential and has run dozens of marathons and half marathons. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a RRCA Certified Coach.  But, best of all – she’s just plain fun.

In addition to Katie, our Fit programs are fortunate to have an outstanding group of coaches and pace leaders, all with a passion for fitness. Each of our dedicated coaches embody enthusiasm, sense of humor, and the desire to help members reach their goals. While we are certainly serious about providing our members with the very best training programs and information possible, we never lose sight of the fact that it has to be fun. That is our promise to you.

Meet The Coaches

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Katie Johnson

Head Coach

Single best benefit of running/walking:

It makes me stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally which allows me to perform better in all areas of my life.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Start slow, finish strong!

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Lay everything out the night before!! Pin bib number to shirt and attach timing chip to shoe. Pack clothes to change into, as well as snacks.

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Bill Aaron

Mission Bay - Marathon Coach

Favorite role model and why:

Survivors, because overcoming odds typically bring out the best in people.

Favorite Race:

San Dieguito Half Marathon; great course, wonderful beer garden.

Favorite post-race meal:

Phil's BBQ or carne asada.

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Tanya Reese

Mission Bay - Half Marathon Coach

Single best benefit of running/walking:

I am a big believer in the good hormones (Runner's High) produced by running. Running can relax your mind.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Active stretches before each run. I have noticed that when I make it a point to do active stretching before my run I have better success.

Favorite pre-race ritual:

I like a bagel and peanut butter.

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Angela Kanish

Mission Bay - Walking Coach

Favorite role model and why:

Yolanda Holder, known as the Walking Diva, has crushed all kinds of distances as a walker.

Favorite post-race meal:

Guilty pleasure - In 'N-Out Double-Double Protein Style with ketchup and mustard. After 13.1 miles, I've earned it!

Best running/walking advice:

Don't worry about being the last finisher. It's not about speed, it's about distance. My mile may not be as fast as your mile, but our distance (and medals) are the same.

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Kim Guillen

Carlsbad - Half Marathon Coach

Favorite role model and why:

My father. I grew up watching him run races (I especially remember the Coronado Bay Bridge race), stay physically fit for the military and raise two daughters on his own.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Enjoy every minute and don't be too hard on yourself.

Favorite pre-race ritual:

Get up early, shower and take my dog out for a brief walk.

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Shanthi Lackey

Carlsbad - Marathon Coach

Favorite role model and why:

Meb Keflezighi. He has defied many odds and overcome them. He is very down to earth and an amazing runner.

Single best benefit of running/walking:

The camaraderie and motivation of running with others.

Best running/walking advice ever received:

Add mileage slowly. Don't do too much, too fast whether you are just starting out or coming back from an injury.

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Tina Knight

Carlsbad - Walking Coach

Single best benefit of running/walking:

It does great things for your health, body and soul!

Best running/walking advice ever received:

LISTEN to your body! If it says run-RUN! If it says walk-WALK! If your body says rest-PLEASE REST!

Favorite pre-race ritual:

I eat belvita, take my vitamins/supplements and drink a glass of water!

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