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SFRRC Coaching Staff

It's a privilege and honor to serve you as coaches. We hope our days / workouts together can bring joy and help you meet your goals. Dream BIG. Then, simply get out the door. You have already won. #keepshowingup


Lisa is one of the founding members of the San Francisco Road Runners Club. A track and distance runner since her teens, she's run more than 20 marathons, numerous triathlons and trail runs, and is now contemplating running an ultra or two. Her nearly twenty years of coaching experience includes time as a coach for the former SF Galloway group and track coach with the SFRRC, in addition to coaching individual distance and track runners. She believes that running is transformative- it changes the way people view their lives, bodies, and health- and that a good coach is not just someone who designs great training plans and workouts, but more importantly is there to inspire and motivate to bring out the best in an individual. And as always, consistency in training is more important than perfection. *RRCA Level 2 (Adult & Youth)/USATF Level 1, and VDOT O2 (Jack Daniels) Certified Coach



John was first introduced to running by joining his mom and dad at weekend fun runs, that seemed to be everywhere, while growing up in Milwaukee. The lightheartedness and family sense of it all helped shape his joy of running and slowly (but continuously) fell in love with it. John ran competitively in his youth, and thanks to his brother's nudges, has since run many marathons. As a student of Olympic distance running coach and exercise physiologist Dr. Jack Daniels, John encourages runners to simply get out the door and run (easy & often). You'll be less prone to injury, less tired, and you'll likely enjoy the adventure of running even a little more. Then, come join us for some miles faster than race pace. This combination is the best way to become a better/faster runner. *RRCA Level 1 & VDOT O2 (Jack Daniels) Certified distance running coach 

 John leads our Tuesday evening workouts at Kezar Stadium



Danielle joined SFFRC in 2012 after running her first marathon, “I felt so welcomed by everyone in the club from day one, and have built some amazing friendships over the years.” Danielle enjoys the process just as much as the actual race; she has completed 10 marathons, including the 2014 and 2016 Boston Marathons, and the 2016 Berlin Marathon. She knows how important it is to have support during those “special miles” and has helped pace runners in several events. Danielle enjoys the upbeat community that congregates at Kezar Stadium on Tuesday nights, and helps out Coach John with the club track workouts. *RRCA Level 1 & VDOT O2 (Jack Daniels) Certified Coach

Danielle helps lead our Tuesday evening workouts at Kezar Stadium



Jon is a native of San Francisco and still finds new things to love about his hometown. He joined SFRRC in 2014 after deciding to focus on running after a few years doing triathlon. His longest race was a 50 miler (plus some bonus miles while getting lost). While he prefers to spend his times on the trails, Jon appreciates running on the road as well. His favorite distance is the marathon though he is looking into diving deeper in the ultra world. Jon aspires to complete a marathon in every state. *RRCA Level 1 & VDOT O2 (Jack Daniels) Certified Coach

Jon helps lead our Tuesday evening workouts at Kezar Stadium



Bill is a distance runner, focusing on the full marathon. But, he'll dabble in other distances, such as the half, an ultra now and then, and toss in a relay for fun. He joined the SFRRC in 2012. Since 2013 he's been the Pace Group Leader for the 7:30 group. And, in 2014 he became one of our coaches, coaching the trails on Sunday. *RRCA Level 1 Certified coach

Bill leads our Sunday Trail Runs


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Susan started with SFRRC in 2002 just after she and her husband Mike Shanahan moved from Hawaii to the Bay Area. "SFRRC has been an important part of our lives. We love the Club and its membership," she told us. When not travelling with work, Susan has served as a Pace Group Leader, a member of the SFRRC Board of Directors, in addition to serving as coach. As a life long runner, she has completed over 40 marathons including San Francisco, Oakland, Napa, CIM, Big Sur, New York, Chicago, Marine Corps, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Boston.

Susan is an advocate of the Galloway run-walk training method and ran a PR in 2013 at the Napa marathon while training with the program.  As an SFRRC Coach, she supports the SFRRC coaching staff. - "Together we have the experience to help all of our members accomplish great things!!" *RRCA level 1 certified coach


Before running changed her life, Lisa used to joke that she only ran "when the ice cream truck is doing 60." In 2006, when she got talked into training for for a half marathon with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training, she vowed it would be "one and done". 6 months later, she came out to an SFRRC run, got hooked, and has been a member ever since. During that time Lisa has completed several marathons and countless half marathons. She joins the coaching staff after serving as a WaterStop Coordinator, Pace Group Leader and Board Member. She looks forward to expanding our running community and helping fellow members reach their running goals. *RRCA Level 1 Certified Coach


Deb is a founding member of the SFRRC. “Our first kick-off in 2001 was like the ‘Field of Dreams: If you build it they will come'. There were no other clubs like the SFRRC at t
he time.” Inspired to start running in 1997, after watching a friend finish the San Francisco Marathon, Deb was looking for a running club for the recreational runner at a time when the existing clubs catered to more competitive (and younger) runners.  Now a veteran of more than fifteen marathons, Deb served as president and as a board member for many years.  After taking a break to pursue other sports such as open-water swimming and triathlons, she joined the SFRRC coaching staff and returned to the Board of Directors in 2010.  Deb says it’s important for all runners to understand the importance of safety while running. “Always carry ID and a water bottle, don’t wear headphones and remember that we share the road with bikes, cars, and pedestrians." It’s also important to wear your SFRRC shirt and hat at races so we know to cheer for you.

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