Meet the Coaches

Karyn Hoffman

Karyn Hoffman

2022 will be Coach Karyn’s seventh Gold Country Marathon Training Program! As a coach, her euphoric moments are getting people across the finish line, helping them to accomplish their goals. Karyn’s numerous accomplishments include the following:

  • RRCA Certified Coach Level I and Level II
  • 50+ marathons, including 22 consecutive at CIM
  • 2022 PB at LA Marathon 3:19
  • Marathon pace leader at CIM the past 14 years (3:50-3:55 groups)
  • Urban Cow pace leader, Big Sur pace leader
  • Three Boston Marathons
  • Seven 100 Mile Endurance Runs including 5 Western States finishes
  • 2019 Kona IronMan Finisher with over 25+ IM finishes
Robert Cathey

Robert Cathey

Robert has always been active with cycling, weight training and bootcamps but rarely ran. He didn’t start running regularly until age 54, that year he ran his first half marathon – the 2018 Gold Country Half Marathon. In 2019, he signed up for the Gold Country CIM training program and completed his first marathon. Robert has completed a number of 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and marathons. He leads the Sacramento chapter of Black Men Run (BMR), a national organization with the mission of improving health outcomes through running and diversifying running events. As BMR Captain, Robert leads several running meet-ups weekly, throughout the Sacramento region. Robert’s passion for running is fueled by connecting people and improving health outcomes. He looks forward to helping others achieve their running goals. Robert is RRCA Level 1 certified running coach.
THEO WIRTH

THEO WIRTH

After hanging up his soccer boots in his late 20s, Theo dove headfirst into running around the early 2000s. The journey led him to run his first marathon, the California International Marathon. Since then, Theo has racked up over 100 races, spanning from 5Ks to marathons and ultra-marathons.

But his true passion lies in sharing this wealth of knowledge to help fellow runners achieve their goals. Whether coaching middle and high school athletes on cross country and track teams, guiding beginners gearing up for their first 5K/10K or half marathon, or working with ultra runners across different age groups—Theo has been there for them all. It’s not just about the miles; it’s about the journey, and Theo is here to make sure others enjoy every step of it.

DAN LOPEZ

DAN LOPEZ

Although always an active person, Dan acquired a passion for running later in life. When his son was diagnosed with Leukemia at five years old, Dan and his wife, Audrey, joined Team in Training, an organization dedicated to training first time marathoners who raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After completing the marathon, Dan was hooked! He stayed on with Team in Training for two more seasons serving as a mentor to new marathon trainees. He hasn’t stopped running since and his enthusiasm for helping new runners continues. 

Javier Salazar

Javier is a co-founder of a Sacramento-based Latinx/BIPOC run/walk club called Corremos Sacramento, with a mission to create a safe space for individuals of different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities to go outside and move.

His passion for running began in 1996 when he witnessed Michael Johnson sprinting in golden track spikes during the Olympic Games. Johnson’s awe-inspiring performance served as a catalyst not only for Javier but for numerous others to take up running. Javier has been running for over 26 years now. However, it wasn’t until his beautiful wife and best friend Francis registered for their first half marathon in 2015, and later a marathon in 2023, that he was motivated to push himself to run distances beyond 8 miles, and he’s so glad he did. Completing 1 marathon, several half, 10k’s and 5k’s. Let’s get out there and inspire others just like Michael Johnson and Francis have inspired Javier. ¡Vámonos!

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