5K Running & Walking
10K Running
Half Marathon
Full Marathon

Train with the
Running Academy

Experience the pride and joy of crossing a finish line, smashing personal goals, vanquishing your personal demons or establishing an active lifestyle in a supportive group environment led by certified coaches.  We offer several training courses: walking, 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon, designed to accommodate novice to experienced runners and walkers looking to improve their performance or fitness.  Training sessions run multiple weeks and are based upon the Run/Walk method. There is no limit to how many times you can train in any of our courses although new tuition is required for each repeat session. Participants must be 18, or older, to enroll in any of the Running Academy courses.

The Running Academy Perks

  • An 8, 16, 20-week event specific training calendar, and:
    • Expert training from certified running coaches
    • A network of medical support
    • Weekly email and group support.
  • Informative training workshops on:
    • Good Form Running, including a video gait analysis
    • Footwear, apparel and accessory
    • Sport-specific strength training
    • Injury prevention/management
    • Nutrition, and more.
  • In-Store perks include:
    • Brooks Running training tech shirt and cap
    • Membership card good for
      • $15 off Brooks shoes
      • $15 off any purchase of $50
      • 10% discount on all store purchases for the duration of your training
    • Race discounts.

Your Academy Directors

  • Michelle Montiel
    Michelle Montiel
    A Snail’s Pace Academy Director – South County RRCA Certified Coach
  • Joy Weber
    Joy Weber
    Running Academy Director - North County RRCA Certified Coach
Michelle Montiel
A Snail’s Pace Academy Director – South County RRCA Certified Coach

Michelle has been running since 1985 and she still loves it just as much as when she started. Michelle joined A Snail’s Pace Running Academy in 2002 and worked in A Snail’s Pace Running Shop in Fountain Valley for four years prior to being promoted to Director of A Snail’s Pace Running Academy. Michelle has completed nine marathons, 40 half marathons and numerous 5 and 10k’s. When asked why she runs, Michelle said, “describing the thrill of completing a race is like trying to describe a color to someone who was born without sight”.

Snail FAQ’s

How long have you been a Snail?
14 years

What is your favorite race?
Marine Corp Marathon 2011. I was able to run it with my Mom, Brother and Step-Father. A family that run together…stays together!

What is your favorite place to run in So-Cal?
Huntington Beach. It’s where both of my passions, running and the ocean, join harmoniously.

How long have you been a runner?
37 years. I began running at age 6 for soccer training. It was love at first stride!

What is your favorite cross-training activity?


Joy Weber
Running Academy Director - North County RRCA Certified Coach

Joy has been running since 1987 and has been an ASP Running Academy coach since 2007 and is a RRCA Certified Running Coach. Prior to being promoted to North County Director of A Snail’s Pace Running Academy, along with coaching, she has worked in various capacities for A Snail’s Pace starting as a sales associate at the Fountain Valley ASP store, then as an Administrative Assistant in the ASP accounting and HR departments, and finally as the Apparel & Accessories Buyer for all four ASP stores. Joy has completed five marathons, 80+ half marathons and numerous 5k, 8k, 10K, and 18k’s. When asked why she runs, Joy said, “It would be a bummer to miss out on all those awesome early morning run sunrises!”

Snail FAQ’s

How long have you been a Snail?
9 years

What is your favorite distance to run?
Half Marathon

What is your favorite race?
Los Angeles Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon

Favorite post-race meal?
In-N-Out Burger

What is the longest distance you have run?

Contact: Joy.Weber@asnailspace.net
(714) 514-2786

My first exposure with Snails Pace…I joined a running training..for 1/2 great support, great coaching….and 14 weeks…3x week for $150 is a very good deal. I’m get tips, support, information, and even filmed me running to help with my form… why isn’t everyone signed up?
Indi H. - West Covina, CA
…”I was introduced to their running academy and I took on the challenge of training for my first 1/2 marathon. Since then, I have trained for 3 half marathons and two full marathons with ASP Running Academy. I trained injury free and finished strong in all of my races.”
Katherine W. - La Habra, CA
“I’m appreciating more and more how much ASP supports runners. In addition to their expertise on running gear, there is the Running Academy which prepares runners of all levels for all big local races year round. At the races, there is always a tent where hydration, nutrients and lots of encouragement from coaches and fellow snails are provided.”
Pete F. - Orange County, CA
“I have been doing triathlons for 14 yrs and running was my least favorite. Since joining the Running Academy in Spring 2015, I have successfully completed 2 half marathons. I now look forward to running and improving my pace. I LOVE MY COACHES!”
Ralph G.
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