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 assistant coaches, 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!

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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Kim Guillen

Carlsbad - 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 - 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.