Meet the Coaches
Shawna started running about eight years ago. When she was pregnant with her oldest daughter, she developed gestational diabetes and was told she had a 60% chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. In her efforts to not fall in that 60% she joined her first No Boundaries Couch to 5k through Fleet Feet. She was hooked. She fell in love with the personal accomplishments she was making and completing goals she never knew she could. 5k turned into 10k, 10k turned into 1/4 marathon and then a 1/2 marathon. Along with smashing her personal running goals, she developed some amazing relationships throughout the countless programs she has participated in or mentored. She wants to coach to share her experiences, her story and her passion for running. If she can inspire one person to start running, she will take it as a win. She loves helping people reach their goals like so many others have done for her. To date she has completed 16 5k's, five 10k's, two 1/4 marathons, two 1/2 marathons, one marathon... And more to come!
Daniel has been running competitively since high school. He ran for Chico State where he graduated as a four year student athlete. Daniel’s passion for running continued beyond his school years. While remaining a competitive runner, Daniel’s true passion is coaching others. He started coaching through Fleet Feet in 2016. Daniel has coached 5K to half marathon groups. Daniel believes in building a running community that encourages synergy among team members. He builds confidence in his runners while sharing his passion for the sport.
Kirsten relocated to Chico in 2007 as a freshman at Chico State. While she played sports through her youth, it wasn’t until her senior year of college that she began running recreationally. While initially conquering a continuous mile was an accomplishment, she continued to push the limits to see how far her legs could take her both on the road and on the trails. She has since completed multiple 13.1, 26.2, 30K, 50K, and 50 Mile races . After spending a few years away from Chico post-college, she returned to the Chico running community in 2015 and joined Fleet Feet’s coaching team. Kirsten loves sharing her favorite trails with others, and encouraging runners of all ages and abilities to explore the possibilities.
An advocate for youth programming, Matthew has always encouraged others to recognize the power they have to create and transform their own lives and the community at large. Matthew has spent the past eight years of his professional life as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing an array of Mental Health services in the North State. New to the sport of running, Matthew has already accomplished four half marathons, with the support of Fleet Feet Training Programs. Being a mentor for the Inaugural Striders Program was a perfect way to blend his love for running, and passion for supporting our kids.
Kaitlin started recreational running about six years ago. Too young at the time for her mom to allow her to run on her own, she joined a running group through Fleet Feet where she mentored the younger kids in the group. Through that group she met Coach Shawna, who then thought she needed to meet Danny. Danny introduced her to the Strider program and she has been in love with youth coaching ever since.