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Learn the basics and fundamentals of running. Your five stage program will safely guide you through your training to successfully complete a 5k race. 

Pre-requisite for this class is 1-2 months of brisk walking experience required before enrolling in this class.

 Previous running experience is not required however you must possess the ability to begin an aerobic exercise walking/running program. Walkers wanting to advance to running are welcome and encouraged.

Elizabeth Bodie
Fountain Valley

Elizabeth began training with A Snail's Pace Running Academy in May 2008 and ran her first 1/2 Marathon in August 2008. She says she has been hooked ever since. She loves the camaraderie and encouragement that comes with being involved with a running group. Over the past year and a half, Elizabeth has run in five half marathons, two 5K's, two 10K's and an 8K. Elizabeth is excited to work with the RA101 group, meet new friends and run a successful 5K and the end of each course.
David Griffin

David "Coach Dave" Griffin joined A Snail's Pace in Brea as a volunteer coach in December 2011 before assuming the RA 101 coaching duties in April 2012. Dave began running in high school back in 1983 and never looked back. Over the years, he has raced in several distances, including several marathons, but the 5K is his favorite. He loves the opportunity to coach beginner and veteran runners in an effort to give something back to the sport. Dave's philosophy of running is the belief that there's room for everybody in our sport and everyone's reason for running is equally important. Most of all, Dave cares about the sport as well as everyone he has the opportunity and pleasure of coaching. When he's not coaching, he's most likely racing somewhere! 

Shawn Bell-Anson
Mission Viejo

Shawn’s running began at a children’s home when she was a young teen. She entered a series of running track races and ran like the wind. One thing she knew for sure was that running freed her mind and helped her make sense of the cards she was dealt! Shawn has run too many races to count. Many marathons, half marathons, 10k’s, 5k’s, triathlons, and adventure races, mostly placing first and even breaking a record. She is a personal trainer for a living. She say’s “running is good medicine for the mind, body and especially the spirit". What’s important is making a difference in the world and giving back what has been so freely given to her. 
Jose Gonzalez
RRCA Certified Coach
Monrovia & Brea

Jose feels coaching is a very fulfilling position because there is no better feeling than seeing someone who at first thought they were not a strong enough runner to finish a 5k accomplishment their goals. He currently runs to maintain his fitness level to participate in running events like 5k's, 10k's and Half Marathons. Jose has been running seriously since 2007 when he ran the Nike Run Hit-Remix at the Colosseum. Before that he was using running as a way to warm up before he started a physical activity like Martial Arts, Softball, Basketball and weight lifting. Right now his short term goal is to get a Triple Crown Medal in 2013 for running three Rock n Roll Half Marathons. His long term goal is to some day run a Full Marathon. Jose feels that you get out of your fitness what you put into it, in other words, go strong or go home.



Join A Snail's Pace Running Academy for our Kick-Off for Fitness Party! We are here to help you reach your running and fitness goals.

At our Kick-Off Party, you will meet many others wanting to figure out their path of fitness. We will have doctors as our guest speakers talking to you about how to set achievable goals, and how to avoid the pitfalls of injury.

Don't miss out on the raffles with great prizes such as FREE Brooks running shoes, FREE enrollments into the Running Academy, hydration and nutrition products and packs and much more.

Also, each enrollment fee will be discounted on this evening only. New enrollment fee is normally $150 and will be $140 at the Party. Alumni enrollment fee is normally $125 and will be $115 at the Party.

We will have food & beverages and running related giveaways.

All coaches and the Academy Director will be on hand to answer questions on each of our current courses

Mission Viejo
Monday & Wednesday 6:00 PM 
Saturday 7:00 AM
A Snail's Pace Running Shop 
24451 Alicia Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Brea/Yorba Linda
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 PM
A Snail's Pace 
1040 E. Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821

Saturday 7:00 AM
Yorba Regional Park
7600 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

Monday & Wednesday
6:00 PM
A Snail's Pace 
750 S Myrtle
Monrovia, CA 91016

Saturday 7:00 AM
Encanto Park
777 Encanto Pkwy
Duarte, CA 91010

Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM
Huntinton Beach Pier Plaza
1 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Tuition​ for all 101 courses - Regular: $150.00, Alumni*: $ 125.00
*Completed any Running Academy Course in the last 90 days.
Julie Nily

Julie started running in 1993 when she joined her school’s track team in fifth grade. Since then she has been running off and on, mostly training on her own. Over the last five years she’s gotten more consistent with her running and has completed four half marathons, one full marathon and numerous 5K’s and 10K’s. This will be her first year coaching with A Snail’s Pace. Julie teaches yoga for a living and is excited to add running to her teaching career.  
Alex Vasquez

Alex began his running career in 2012, with Snail's Pace 101 5k group. He then went on to run a 10k, and even a half marathon. He then became a coach at A Snail's Pace, at the request of their North County Running Academy Director. 

"Running has empowered me to change my life," Alex said as being a primary motivator to run and then to keep running. He imparts the lessons that he has learned as a runner to the people he coaches. "Being 'one of them' helps me understand where they're at and also helps me connect my students in a more personal manner," Alex stated. He went on to say "Running with a group of people has been nothing short of amazing. We've grown a really tight knit community of fitness-minded folks. I really believe in A Snail Pace's system of training; it helps anyone from a novice to someone more seasoned start from zero to reach their goals."

Dede Schneider

Growing up running was part of Dede’s conditioning for dance, gymnastics, tennis and the fierce sport of badminton. As most coaches do, running was used as a punishment so she never really enjoyed it. During college she found a love for running but only ran shorter distances to keep her mind and body balanced. In 1998 she ran her first marathon. After that race she was hooked. Since then she has run numerous 5k, 10k, and half marathons. Dede joined Snail’s Pace in 2010. In 2011 she was invited to be an assistant coach and then co-coach. She loves interacting and running in the group settings. The energy the group produces is contagious and make running enjoyable. She never has a boring run. Her coaching goal is to help you believe in yourself. By joining Snails, you will be able to complete the goal you set for yourself.  
​​You will begin with brisk walking while adding 30 seconds of jogging per 5 minute interval. Each stage will incrementally decrease your walk time while safely increasing your run time. The stages are designed to increase your overall strength and endurance.

You will receive a series of informative clinics introduced at each progression of your running ability. Subjects will be covered by our network of medical professionals, certified coaching directors and shop managers. Clinics will include proper form, upper/lower body conditioning, proper nutrition and injury prevention, to name a few.
A Snail's Pace Running Academy is the official training program for the OC Marathon, Half Marathon, and Wahoo's OC 5K. This time around, our training programs are available exclusively through You can register for the OC 5K and our OC 5K training program separately through This gets you our training program at a discounted rate!

For additional information, contact Michelle Montiel or Joy Weber
*No refunds
**All transactions will be managed by OC Marathon - not A Snail's Pace
Spring 2014
Training: April 7 - June 29, 2014
Goal Race: Surf City 4th of July Run
Enrollment Opens March 1, 2014
Summer 2014
Training: July 7 - September 28, 2014
Goal Race: Race for the Rescues
Enrollment Opens June 1, 2014
Anne Roderick

Having viewed running as a form of punishment most of her life, Anne joined the A Snail’s Pace 101 group after deciding to tone up for her upcoming wedding. Between the friendly coaches, dynamic camaraderie, and rapid personal improvement, she was quickly hooked. Less than six months later, she completed her first 10k, and is looking forward to several more runs on the horizon. Anne says, “Taking on a goal like becoming a runner and accomplishing it has led me to believe that I can truly do anything. It’s very empowering.”
Fall 2014
October 6 to December 28, 2014
Goal Race: Make Room for Santa
Enrollment Opens September 1, 2014
1040 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821
24451 Alicia Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
750 S Myrtle
Monrovia, CA 91016
8780 Warner Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Friday, March 28
Saturday, March 29
Come to our Kick-Off Party 
All Kick-Off Parties start at 
6:30 PM
For more information or to RSVP for a party
contact your local Running Academy Director
Fountain Valley & Mission Viejo
Michelle Montiel
(714) 392-3290
Brea & Monrovia
Joy Weber
(714) 514-2786
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