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This is a 20-26 week course with one group meeting each week. Schedule requires five days per week running (four days on your own, plus the one group run day). Coach-less fun runs are available during the week with A Snail's Pace Running Club; visit our club page for locations and details.
Charlie Pickford
Fountain Valley

Charlie has been a marathon and half marathon coach since 1999. He started off with USAFIT and then joined the A Snail's Pace Running Academy in mid 2006. Since joining the ASPRA, he has coached a wide variety of runners to achieve their long distance running goals. Charlie draws upon this 30 years of endurance running experience to provide each training group member with the information needed to not only become a better runner, but a smarter runner as well. Charlie has a simple coaching philosophy: finish what you start, make the best of what you can do and most of all, have fun doing it.
To enroll in a course after online enrollment has closed, contact Michelle Montiel at 714-392-3290

Luigi Guereca
Mission Viejo

Luigi began running in high school where he participated in cross country and track. He went on to run these events for his college. After some years away from running,Luigi decided to fulfill the lifelong dream of running the LA Marathon. In 2010 he ran the LA Marathon which would mark the beginning of his marathon career. Since then, he has completed 1 ultra marathon, 11 marathons, 6 half marathons, 1 UST&F Road Mile and countless 10k’s & 5k’s. 

Luigi is actively involved in A Snails Pace Running Club as the 2012 Vice President for the Fountain Valley Chapter. In the January issue of California Track & Running News he authored an article about the Long Beach Marathon. Luigi interviewed several of the elite athletes that later participated in the Olympic Trials.

Luigi enjoys coaching because of the opportunity to pass on the knowledge he has gained by running races throughout California. 
Mike Calisher

Mike began working for A Snail's Pace in 2006 as part of the Brea sales staff. After a couple years, he made a move to the distribution center where he ensured the timely delivery of all the shops' shoes, apparel, and other goodies. At the end of 2011, he expanded his responsibilities to include website maintenance. Mike started running to soak up some of his spare time, and continued running to clear his head. After running a couple half marathons, he took it upon himself to train for the full 26.2. After a successful and healthy finish, he decided, "Coaching would probably be a pretty good use of my time." So, he helped out with some half marathon groups for a few months before picking up a group of his own. Mike likes hills and insists that, "You have no excuse to complain about hills. They are part of the world, and we live in the world. Run hills."
Bill Ruebsamen
RRCA Certified Coach

Bill currently works as a Case Management Manager at CNA Insurance. He has been running consistently since 1977 and started running marathons in 1988. He has completed 21 marathons and have run numerous 5K, 10K and half marathon races over the years. Bill began coaching with A Snails Pace starting with the 101 class in January 2011 and then several 102 sessions through the Fall of 2012. He is currently training the 301 LA Marathon 2013 class. Bill says it ia exciting to have people from his beginning running classes join the marathon training group. Coaching provides him the opportunity to give a little of himself back to the running community. He enjoys helping people develop a love of running, challenge themselves and accomplish goals they did not think were possible when they started.


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

spnsored by

Tuition​ for all 301 courses  - Regular: $150.00, Alumni*: $ 125.00
*Completed any Running Academy Course in the last 90 days.
Brea/Yorba Linda
Saturday 7:00 AM
Yorba Regional Park
7600 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

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

Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
Sunday 7:00 AM
Edison Community Center
21377 Magnolia St
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

RUNNING 301, the Running Academy Marathon Training Course, is ideal for first time Marathoners, and also works extremely well for veteran marathoners who enjoy the camaraderie of group training, especially on those long training runs.

We recommend that you have either completed RUNNING 201 or a half-marathon in the last six months; or that you have been running at least 3-4 days per week for 4-6 months. You must be able to complete a six-mile run on the first day of the course. 

NOTE: Race Registration, including fees, must be done separately by the participant and is not included in 
Academy enrollment.

Joy Weber
RRCA Certified Coach
A Snail's Pace Running Academy Director - North County
(714) 514-2786

Joy has been running since 1987 and has been an ASP Running Academy coach since 2007. Prior to being promoted to North County Director of A Snail's Pace Running Academy, along with coaching, she has worked in various capacities for A Snail's Pace starting as a sales associate at the Fountain Valley ASP store, then as an Administrative Assistant in the ASP accounting and HR departments, and finally as the Apparel & Accessories Buyer for all four ASP stores. Joy has completed three marathons, 34 half marathons and numerous 5k, 8k, 10K, and 18k's. When asked why she runs, Joy said, "It would be a bummer to miss out on all those awesome early morning run sunrises!"

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

Jerome Boroff
Fountain Valley

Jerome currently works as a Senior Art Director for Eclipse Advertising in Burbank. He live in Huntington Beach and has commuted to LA for work for more than 10 years. He began running marathons with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Running with TNT helped him fall in love with the sport and then he became a mentor to many running in the program. Jerome did a total of 5 marathons with TNT and after the last marathon with them, he felt it was his time to move on. He then ran another marathon solo but learned that he missed the camaraderie of running with other people so he joined A Snail's Pace 301. Then 2 years ago Jerome and his wife had a daughter and he was to exhausted to run or do anything. It wasn't until 6 months ago that he decided he needed to start running again for himself. Jerome says, "I enjoy being a mentor to others and sharing running experiences with all. I love to hear personal stories of hardship and joy and look forward to people accomplishing their goals". 
Victoria "Honeybadger" Knight
RRCA Certified Coach
Brea & Fountain Valley

Victoria (aka Coach Honeybadger) is not your prototypical running coach. Relatively new to running, she started running in mid-2005 upon the advice of her personal trainer. Adding running to her fitness regimen helped her incinerate more than 65 pounds in six months. Victoria has been a loyal runner ever since and started running 5k and 10ks in 2007; half marathons in 2008; and graduated to her first LA Marathon in 2009.

Victoria has been coaching for A Snail’s Pace since 2011. She has coached two RA 101 classes get to their 5k goal races and has coached the Disneyland ½, Tinkerbell and Surf City ½ Marathon groups. Having done most of her running and race training alone (or with vicious running coaches) prior to joining A Snail’s Pace, Coach Victoria believes in the camaraderie that ASP RA provides its members. Good Form Running-certified, she also believes in the mental aspect of training providing positive reinforcement and encouragement to help make runners mentally stronger as well.
Raymond Valencia

I am a press feeder Operator (printing) at Monarch Litho Inc. in Montebello. I joined the ASP running Academy in January 2011 as an assistant coach for the half marathon training class. I began running as part of a cross country team at Bosco Tech High School. I usually averaged a 7:30 pace. I have run eight half marathons averaging 1hr 50 min. I have also run four marathons at an average time of 4 hrs. My running philosophy is you must have a positive attitude. Any negative thoughts will make running more difficult than what it is. Have Fun!
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 race and our training program as a combination package deal. This package not only gets you signed up for the race, but gets you into our training program at a discounted rate. What a deal! Make sure to select "Registration - Marathon With Training" when you're checking out. We'll see you at the finish line!

For additional information, contact Michelle Montiel or Joy Weber
*No refunds
**All transactions will be managed by OC Marathon - not A Snail's Pace
Orange County Marathon
Event day is May 4, 2014
Training begins: Jan 4, 2014 in Brea, Mission Viejo and Monrovia
Training begins: Jan 5, 2014 in Huntington Beach
Ernollment is now OPEN
Long Beach Marathon
Start Dates:
Saturday, May 24 - Brea, Mission Viejo and Monrovia
Sunday, May 25 - Fountain Valley
Event date: October 12, 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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