The Coaches

Catherine Allen – Organizer

For some people, running is in their blood from birth, others need a transfusion. I am in the latter group only I needed four transfusions before it stuck!!! I joined Round Rock Fit in 2005, and left because it was too cold in December to run early in the morning. Then I rejoined in 2007 and 2009 only to leave again with injuries that I couldn’t figure out HOW to overcome. You see, I was the kid in class that sat in the back quietly never raising my hand or socializing. Then came 2010. I registered with two friends and we stuck around and listened to the lectures, followed the training schedule, and with everyone’s support I completed the first of eleven half marathons. The next year, 2011, I came back by myself (my two friends did not continue with running) with the intention of running the Austin Half Marathon again. I was registered for the San Antonio Half Marathon in November as well so I decided to run with the Red Pace Group to help get me ready for it.  I made such strong connections with the Red Pace Group during that time that I decided to keep running with them; after lots of preparation and running all the long distances, I decided that I too could run a full marathon. So, in 2012 I ran my first of four full marathons and am now registered for two more in 2017. One of them being the Marine Corps Marathon this October, my first out of state run! 2012 was also the year I signed up for the Austin Distance Challenge. In addition to all of this I’ve ran the Cap10k four times, two of which I had a team of 25+ running with me. All is this is because I learned how to ask questions and joined a great support/training group and now…. I’ve found myself as co-organizer of that same great running group. Who would have thought way back in 2005 this would have happened to the kid that didn’t want to run because it was too cold!

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.  

James Brandenburg – Head Coach : Blue

I started with Round Rock Fit 18 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 – Assistant Coach : Yellow

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.

Joyce Akin – Assistant Coach : Yellow

This is my seventh year with Round Rock Fit and third time as assistant coach for the Yellow Marathon Group. I have had so much fun making good friends, completing 8 marathons, numerous half marathons, and collecting finisher’s medals (bling). Every medal has memories and a story to tell. All of this is the reason I get up early on Saturday mornings to be a part of this awesome running group. I love running and am looking forward to another season with my Round Rock Fit friends.

Mitchell White – Assistant Coach : Red

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!”

Alvino Ojeda – Assistant Coach : Half

I have been with Round Rock fit for 10 yrs. I have completed 14 marathons and several half marathons. I enjoy helping people reach their goal in completing both half & full marathon. I also enjoy meeting new people and look forward to our Saturday runs.

Deanna Potts – Special Teams : Social Media

My first season with Round Rock fit was in 2012. I was a brand a new runner and I completed by first half marathon that year. In 2013, I decided to move to the Red group with whom I completed my first full marathon. Since then, I have completed 7 full marathons including the New York Marathon in 2015. Round Rock fit has not only helped me meet my goal of running a full marathon, it has also given me many dear friends who continue to push me to do things I once thought impossible. I look forward to the new season of Round Rock Fit and the new adventures it holds. Happy Running!