Our Coaches

Gary Schancer

Organizer - Albuquerque FIT

I am an exercise physiologist, a certified running coach and have been working in the fitness industry for 20 years since retiring from the Air Force. My wife, Kathy, is a dietitian, Albuquerque Fit’s nutritionist and has run many marathons and ultra marathons. We have two children and four grandchildren.

I began running in high school 100 years ago and then ran on and off for many years. In 1994, I got very serious about my health due to bad family history of heart disease, and I started running regularly. Since then, I have run 68 marathons and 31 ultra marathons, including numerous 50 and 100 milers and at least one marathon in all 50 states.

Although I don’t necessarily recommend this much running to most people, it is all about challenging ourselves to see what our bodies are capable of. Whether your goal is to run around the block, 100 miles, or anywhere in between, I would like to help you reach that goal. I totally agree with the race director for the Leadville Trail 100-mile race who says, “You are better than you think you are. You can do more than you think you can.” I think that Albuquerque FIT will help you to determine your capabilities and reach your goals. I would love to be there to watch you cross that finish line for the first time. Your life will never be the same.