Coaches Corner

About the SMU Running/Walking Club

The SMU Running/Walking Club was started in 2011 for members of the SMU community by a group of SMU faculty and staff who are dedicated to their health and fitness.  We welcome all ages and skill levels.  Whether you are looking to start a walk/run program or ready to race a marathon, we want you!  Join us for a casual walk, run or maybe even a little speed workout!

Meeting Times & Locations

Mon/Wed/Fri: 12:15-1:00pm
(Meet in Lobby of The Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports)

Mon/Wed: We run on Katy Trail
Fri: We do track workouts

Running Coaches

Kelly Richards 214-768-4824 |
Fitness Coordinator

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education (minor: coaching)
  • Masters of Sports Management
  • Certified personal trainers (ACSM) and Group Exercise Instructor (AFAA)
  • Running Experience:
    • NCAA Track and Field All-American: steeplechase (2003, 2006)
    • PSAC Track Athlete of the Year (2006)
    • ESPN Magazine Academic All-American (2004-2006)
    • NCAA Cross Country Team National Runners-Up (2005)
    • PSAC Cross Country Team Champions (2002-2005)
    • Regional Cross Country Champions (2003-2005)

Gina Garcia 214-768-4818 |
Assistant Director of Fitness

  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Kabardino-Balkarski University of Russia
  • Two years Kinesiology Study – Shaping ISF College in San Petersburg
  • Certified Personal Trainer –ACSM, ACE, Cooper Institute
  • Biomechanics and Advanced Biomechanics of Resistance Training – Cooper Aerobic Center
  • Older Adult Specialist – Cooper Aerobic Center
  • Running Experience
    • 12 years personal training experience
    • Ran track for Russian University and played professional rugby.
    • Finished two half marathons, one half Iron Man, enjoy doing Olympic and Sprint triathlons.

Robert Watling 214-768-2822 |

  • Certified Coach – Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)
  • Six completed marathons with a personal best of 3:00:50, and three completed half-marathons with a personal best of 1:22:07
  • 2012 Boston Marathon finisher

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