The Coaches

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 6 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. This year I ran my first marathon - the Chicago Marathon - with a number of other experienced RRFIT marathoners. I love running - the physical part and the social aspect- running with my friends and family. I look forward to a great 2019/2020 season getting to know new runners and continuing old friendships.

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!