Host and MC - Fitz Koehler
Fitz Koehler, M.S.E.S.S. is one of the most prominent and compelling race announcers and fitness experts in America. As the voice of the Los Angeles Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, Big Sur Marathon, DC Wonder Woman Run Series, and more, she brings big structure, energy, and joy to racing. She's known for making start lines combustible fun, and for pouring big love on every athlete to cross her finish lines (often paired with hugs). The clinics she teaches at races are jam-packed with powerful content, laughs, and inspiration.
With a passion for helping others live better and longer, she’s appeared on national media outlets and has worked as a spokesperson and speaker for corporations like Disney, Tropicana, Oakley, and Office Depot. Fitz has also inspired millions of kids to get active through her successful school running/walking program, The Morning Mile®. Fitz's memoir, My Noisy Cancer Comeback, was released in October 2020 and has become the go-to source of inspiration for thriving for surviving cancer. Fitz enjoys water sports, running, strength training, animals, hugs, sarcasm, and travel. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and can be found at Fitzness.com. Follow @Fitzness on Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook and say "hello"!
Special Guest - Deena Kastor
Deena will be working with our team in a variety of capacities leading up to Race Week. Deena will also be featured during Race Weekend. Look for more details as we get closer.
Did You Know?
Deena is a Jesse Owens Award winner, 4-time USATF Runner of the Year, 2 time Female Cross Country Runner of the Year, Bronze Medal winner at the Athens Olympic marathon, American Marathon Record holder, 2 time Silver Medalist in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and celebrated author!
Race Director - Tina Oprean
Tina is part of the Run to You Racing staff and is leading the effort of this event. Tina additionally serves as the Head Distance Coach at Malone University. Oprean became Malone's first even NCAA Division II All-American in 2013 and recorded a third place finish at the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Cross Country Championships. Oprean set two Malone records: the 5,000 meter (16:54.56) and 1,500 meter (4:35.32) and is in the top 10 list for a variety of events. She has won multiple All-Conference awards in the GLIAC in both cross country and track. At the national level, Oprean was an NCAA national qualifier in the 5,000 meter for track and field and won USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.
Event Coach - Stacy Rhea
“I am thrilled to be part of Run to You Racing’s inaugural Women’s Festival 6K. As the WF6K coach, I am here to help you every step of the way.”
Stacy is a competitive multi-sport athlete, with 19 years race experience. She has competed in everything from 5Ks to off-road adventure racing. Stacy is currently preparing for Triathlon Age Group Nationals, Aug. 7, 2021.
Stacy’s passion for living an active and healthy life is presented in her career. After five years of personal training, Stacy took a leap and moved to Colorado to work for EAS as a technical support rep where she consulted with individuals, coaches, nurses and doctors about how to best use sports nutrition supplements and best practices for strength training with their clients or patients.
Stacy has also served as the Editor of Ohio Sports & Fitness magazine, Endurance Coordinator and triathlon coach at Lifetime Fitness, Beachwood, Ohio and Marketing Manager for Fleet Feet Sports, Cleveland.
For more information regarding training, nutrition and general tips..get started with Stacy here.
The Pop-Tarts Tribute Band
Get ready to Twist, Jerk and Swim!
Shine up your peace signs, slip on your go-go boots
and head on back to the 60's as we present The Pop-Tarts Tribute Band!