The Coaches

Mary Sailors – Co-organizer

In high school, I was known as the “girl who loved to run”. Coming from a smaller town, it was considered “weird” that anyone would willing go for a run. Never one to listen to nay-sayers, you would often find me jogging around the roads by myself all hours of…

David Raines – Co-organizer

I began running in my mid 20’s, but not competitively.  Running to me at the time was more of a way to be healthy and stay fit.  It was not until the summer of 2011 that a co-worker asked if I would be interested in running the Aramco half marathon.  I became…

Bill Carr – Orange Group Head Coach

This will be my 4th year with Bay Area Fit and my 1st year as assistant orange coach. I’ve run numerous half marathons and 8 full marathons since 2012 when I first started running. I’ve been blessed with having a lot of success achieving my goals for such a short…

Kimberly Etzel – Orange Group Pace Coach

My running journey started some 40 years ago when I was just 13 years old in Jr. High. I loved basketball but I was terrible in track my 7th grade year. The next year my dad said to me “If you are going to do something, you might as well…

Warren Hall – Red/Green Group Head Coach

Warren Hall Head Coach – Red and Green Groups After a twenty-year hiatus from marathon training, I joined Bay Area Fit (BAF) in the summer of 2016 to meet other runners and experience the comradery that comes from training with friends. The next thing I knew I was signed up…

Lawrence Maher-Green Group Pace Coach

Sitting still has never been my forte. As a kid, if I wasn’t playing sports, I was getting lost in the woods or running around with friends. Needless to say, not much has changed as I have journeyed into adulthood. Naturally, my inability to sit still landed me into every…

Leslie Gamble-Green Group Pace Coach

From a very young age until present day, sports have been a part of who I am. From Volleyball to Softball to Swimming and everything in between, competitive athletics have been a staple in my life. There is however one exception and that is running. I played and excelled on…

John Riekert – Red Group Pace Coach

The satisfaction and joy of voluntary running were unexpected. As a young participant in team sports, I believed the reason coaches saved the conditioning for the end of practice is that we would all quit if practice started with all that running. Fast forward several years and I find the…

Digna Martel – Red Group Pace Coach

I am so proud to be a fitter! I have been running for a long time but never thought I could run an endurance race. That changed when I became a member of Bay Area Fit in 2016. Since then I have run numerous 5k’s and 10k’s, several half marathons,…

Leti Cavazos – Red Group Pace Coach

I started running in order to get fit, but I never, ever thought I would run a half marathon or be crazy enough to register and finish a full, but I did – and you can too!  Thanks to all the support, encouragement, and training I’ve received from Bay Area…

Tonia Coronado – Red Group Pace Coach

I started back with my running several years ago and ran a few fun 5Ks and thought why not try for a half-marathon. In 2013, I trained all by myself for the Houston Half Marathon. When I crossed that finish line, it was a feeling I could not explain. I…

Cortney Bell – Blue Group Head Coach

I began running in 2013. I had never really run before in my life. I wasn’t the athletic kid in school, I was the band kid. My husband (the tall guy) told me that he really wanted to run to get into shape, so, wanting to be supportive (and get…

Rachel Jarreau – Blue Group Pace Coach

I’ve run most of my life. My dad and a few uncles are runners and got me interested as a very, young child. I ran cross country in high school, but back then, running was to help stay in shape for other sports and to clear my head. One day,…

Christopher B. Martin – Blue Group Pace Coach

My running history comes in two parts.  I was a successful high school track and cross country athlete and speed was my thing.  Mile, two mile, and 5k races were my life and I thought it would never end.  When I attended college, running was put on the back burner…

Ric Montelongo – Blue Group Pace Coach

I started running in graduate school at Indiana University on a dare from a friend to complete a 5K. At that time, I was looking for a way to lose weight, get fit and to have a more active lifestyle. After completing the Dick Lugar 5K in Indianapolis, I was…

Don Davis – Purple Group Head Coach

In 2011, my company initiated a walking program and I wanted nothing to do with it; but, peer pressure is an amazing tool.  To participate, I needed to start with 10,000 steps a day (about 6mi) and I was hard pressed to incentivize myself to the idea; however, about three…

Janet Jones-Purple Group Pace Coach

I’m Janet Jones and enjoy being a Fitter. I started Racewalkng 5K’s in 2009 but was SLOW so I joined Bay Area FiT eight years ago to get faster. I learned so much from the program and the coaches, and improved my speed while having fun too.   Now I’ve…

Marty Yost – Core Workout Coach

This will be my 8th year with USA FIT Bay Area, mostly as a coach for the Yellow Group. I began my running career with the club back in the summer of 2007. During my years with USA FIT Bay Area I’ve run numerous half marathons and so far 14…

Paula Clemens – Events Coordinator

When I was growing up, I avoided all things athletic.  I ran a few 5K’s in my 20’s, but then fitness took a back seat to balancing family and career.  At age 50, with my youngest child graduating from high school, I was able to focus on fitness again.  After…