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Head Coaches Georgiana Boewer Organizer Don Dickey Red Head Coach Adwait Samant Yellow Head Coach Mark Thibert Green/Blue Head Coach Gordon Yamate Green/Blue Head Coach Don Watson Orange Head Coach Program Coaches Amy Schaumburg News/Social Media George Mount Webmaster Mark Thibert Track Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas Core Arnon Amir ATP Lara Lewis…

Georgiana Boewer

Organizer I started running with San Jose Fit in 2002. Since then I’ve run many marathons, half marathons, trail runs and fun-runs. I’m also a yearly walker and supporter for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. A firm believer in the philosophy ‘no runner/walker left behind’, I ensure every runner…

Lara Lewis

I started running to get fit, but never really enjoyed it until I got off the treadmill, hit the trails and ran my first race (4.2 miles). The feeling upon crossing the finish line was amazing, but it wasn’t until I joined San Jose Fit in 2010 that I discovered…

Arnon Amir

I joined San Jose Fit in 2002 and soon ran my first half at the San Francisco Marathon. I was thrilled! Since then I have run the San Francisco marathon every year, half or full. I started coaching in 2005, was head coach (2007-12) and organizer (2013-14). In 2011 I…

Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas

Coach Fernanda, San Jose Fit’s Core Class Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas started running in 2017 after the death of her mother in August as a way to cope with the grief of her absence. Running gave her peace, solace, and the time to remember her mother but also contributed to increased pain…

George Mount

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2002 with the yellow 9 minute/mile group and finished my first marathon that year. Since then, I’ve run well over 20 marathons and 3 50km races. I started coaching in 2004 and my wife, Zoë, joined shortly after that so that she…

Joy Chism

I started running in high school when our cross country coach let 7 girls join the boys cross country team since there was not a girls league at the time.  I continued to run for fun during college, as it helped me deal with stress.   After college I ran less…

Curt Wilson

Biker, Runner, Walker. I learned to run before learning how to be a walker. I was hooked after a friend talked me into running a 4 mile race between Saratoga and Los Gatos. During the following years I ran over 50 10K’s and over 25 half marathon’s. My first full…

Terry Ridgway

I’ve been running with San Jose fit since the first season in 1998. Along the way I’ve taken some time out to do other things, but I’m back again to have fun with everyone again, this year. Back in 1998, I thought this would be a one time event. That…

Ronit Katz

I did my first full marathon, the Maui Marathon, in 2002. I have been with San Jose Fit since 2009 and completed both full and half marathons with them. I have been an assistant coach since 2010. My walking pace 12.45 to 14 minutes per mile depending on the distance.…

Tara Nelakanti

I started running in Fall of 2015. Before that I never ran a mile in my life. Never believed that I could run a mile. After joining San Jose Fit in 2016, I finished 4 half marathons, one full marathon, and one relay (191 miles). I am so excited to…

German Bauer

Have been with San Jose Fit since 2014. I am not fast by any standards — running is joy for me, as it is meditative quality time for mind and body. I am far from my best form but San Jose Fit’s methodology and coaching is a great way to…

Linda Mclean

Red Group: I will be coaching with Sean and Paula with the 90 / 30 interval. Classes: Jeff Galloway Monterey interval method, Chi running with Aracely. Lew’s walk n Run. Trained with Lewis Cramer, Bertha Bock , Sean Mackin, Don Dickey, Irene Bunner, Zoë Mount, Paula Goldman, Amy Schaumburg. Races:…

Paula Goldman

This is my 14th year with San Jose Fit. I never thought I could run a marathon but with the support and terrific coaching ran my first marathon at the age of 56 and have run 24 marathons and numerous other races. I have been coaching with the red full marathon…

Roy Henninger

2018 will be year #4 for me with San Jose Fit. So far I have run (completed may be more factually accurate) 4 marathons. This will be my first year coaching for San Jose Fit. I have previously coached youth soccer, and although the crossover between soccer and running may not…

Sean Mackin

I ran on and off for years, but never seriously.  Then I trained for and completed my first marathon in 2007 after dropping 40 pounds.  I joined San Jose Fit the next year.  Along the way,  I realized that running is my meditation, and helps me stay calm in a…

Don Dickey

I have been a runner most of my life but never ran more than 5 miles at one time until joining San Jose Fit in 2006. In 2006, I ran my first 10K, my first two half marathons, and my first marathon at the age of 50. I could not have run…

Paul Wcislo

I worked for the firm that started the Chicago Marathon, did a promotion for a client sponsoring the 1st U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, and ran my first marathon in Paris where my longest distance was 6 miles. No kidding!  It took me 7 more marathons to beat that…

Amy Schaumburg

I joined San Jose Fit in 2011, having never run a race of any distance. Eight fabulous years later, I have finished 25+ half marathons, 17 full marathons, 4 ultramarathons and 2 half ironman triathlons. Finishing races is fun, but training with a team is where the real magic is…

Bill Dumonthier

I joined San Jose Fit in 2003 and started as an assistant coach in 2004. I have run 18 marathons since my first in 1979 and 35 ultra marathons. In 2015 I completed my longest race (101.2 miles) at age 63. My running goals this year are to pace my…

Joydeep Chakravarti

I am from Mumbai and Kolkata, Alberta and Ottawa, Santa Clara and Cupertino. The San Jose Fit program, coaches and participants have made a huge positive impact on me. Simply put - I am always happy now. I have gained mental strength, confidence and I almost never get flustered. The…

Ramana Reddy

Hello Everyone! Prior to joining SJ FIT running 5K was a biggest challenge for me. I joined SJ FIT in 2014 and ran my First Half Marathon in October, 2014 and have been continuing since then with SJFIT and successfully completed multiple Marathons and Half Marathons. San Jose Fit provides…

Adwait Samant

Never having run a single mile in my life, I started treadmill running in 2004 with the simple goal of losing a few pounds and instantly got hooked. But even after running regularly in the gym for years, I could never run more than 6 miles, and it all changed…

Trevor Vaz

I joined San Jose Fit in 2013. My goal was to check off a bucket list item – to complete a full marathon before I turned 50. After completing my first marathon, I was hooked and I continued with San Jose Fit and participated in many other races. Through the…

Nat Nataraj

I have been running with San Jose Fit since 2012. San Jose Fit provides an excellent and flexible training platform that accommodates a multi-pace Walking and Running program. I enjoy running and look forward to the Saturday long runs. I have been pacing the 9:50 – 10:10 pace group and…

Shannon Thibert

Before joining San Jose Fit in 2010, my longest run had been less than 5 miles. The idea of running a marathon seemed crazy, but I was a little curious about training for a half marathon.  On the day of the San Jose Fit orientation, I intended to sign up…

Michael Silberman

Running was never something I wanted to do for fun. Until, I met a young lady when I was in High School that ran marathons. Then I wanted to run as far as a fast as she could to impress her. That didn’t work out, but I loved the feeling…

Jaymin Shah

I always wanted to run but never found the motivation to do so. I would work out at the gym but running outside was a challenge for me. But in 2014 when my son was born I decided I need to set an example for him. I started running 2-3…

Ramesh Nair

I started running with SJFit in 2007 and have been coaching various Yellow marathon pace groups since 2010. When I joined SJFit my goal was simple – be able to consistently run a few miles past the couple of miles I could then manage. As for a full marathon, well…

Gordon Yamate

I’ve been running off and on since high school when I ran cross country (but not very well in those days). My distance running improved as I got older (more discipline), and now I attribute my good health to running and realize it’s a priority rather than an extracurricular activity when I have…

David Pulvino

I originally joined San Jose Fit in 2001 in a Red Group; arm twisted by a co-worker. I had already run my first Marathon (training on my own) and made pretty much every mistake one could make. San Jose Fit provided a wealth of information and I have greatly benefited…

Babu Gopaladhine

I have been with SJFit since 2015, running with the Blue/Green group. SJFit community has helped make running a lifestyle choice, not just for physical and mental fitness. I have learnt a great deal from my coaches and other experienced runners in group. I completed the six marathon majors when…

Todd Morimoto

I joined SJ Fit about four years ago, and found many running friends.  Over the years, the blue group has inspired me to try and run faster.  I have qualified and run Boston Marathon four times with marathon best of 3:08 in CIM.  My goal is to run 50 marathons…

Kim Bozsony

I joined San Jose Fit six years ago with a friend not really knowing what I was getting myself into, I never even ran more than 2 miles. With the support of my awesome pace coach (Teri), and the friends I made on the trail, I completed my first half!…

Surekha Pol

Hello everyone! I joined sjfit in 2017 and ran my first Half Marathon in October 2017. I have always enjoyed running since my childhood. I was a 100 and 200 meters sprinter in highschool then turned into more of an endurance runner in college. Running stopped for a while after…

Sandra Prietz

Running is an exercise for both, the mind and the body. It is about finding out what you can achieve and who you can become! I have been involved with distance running for over 15 years.  My experience comes from running a variety of 10k races, half and full marathons.…

Shanti Thirumalai

I am Shanti Thirumalai. Being a Californian, I love outdoors. Other than running, I play soccer. Running is fun and challenging. I like to run because it gives me good ‘me time’ while helping me to stay physically fit. I love to run the trails and almost never run on…

Becky Bender

Are you intimidated by how many marathons and half marathons all these coaches have run? Don’t be! I was in your shoes once. I was definitely not a natural born runner. The thought of running any distance only inspired me to take a nap! Run a marathon? Are you kidding?…

Don Watson

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2000 because I saw this group of people running by my house in their underwear each Saturday morning and thought “WOW! What a bunch of loonies! My kind of people!”. Seriously, my goal is always to get every runner through the training program and…

John Van Schaick

John first ran with San Jose Fit in 1999. He has since completed 7 marathons and 2 1/2 marathons. This is his 3rd year as a San Jose Fit coach.

Jagan Satagopan

I have been running with San Jose Fit’s Half Marathon group since 2011. I regularly run in San Jose Rock and Roll and Morgan Hill races along with our group and have completed nearly 10 Half Marathons. I am excited to join and assist Sharron and Daiyana in coaching our group this year.

Daiyana Constantino

This is my 5th year running and my second year co-coaching. I started by walking for stress relieve. Completed my first half marathon walking. Then my second year I decided to challenge myself and moved up to running. Even with the challenges of a new baby, I found that I…

Rose Lara

I joined SJ Fit in 2015. Although I had been running on and off for 10+ years (and had run 2 marathons), I took a few years off and was looking to join a group that would motivate me to be consistent. Joining the group has been a great experience.…

Teri Pierce

I joined SJFit in 1998. I showed up at LGHS by myself not knowing what to expect. That October, I became a marathoner. And, the journey was just as rewarding as the event. In 2008 SJFit expanded to include the half marathon program. It’s an excellent fitness program and our…