Your Boise RunWalk Coaches


Read here what others are saying.


Head Coach Mike Carlson

Coach Mike CarlsonMike has enjoyed an incredible lifetime as both athlete and coach. He has coached hundreds of people to their first running event, and many other athletes to their athletic best. His leadership, encouragement and support has helped so many, even tutoring mathematics to young students. In addition to coaching runners and walkers with Boise RunWalk he has coached Junior High and High School track, and groups with the YMCA. In 2005, Mike was awarded the Boise RunWalk Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award.

"While I have been blessed to be able to successfully compete, coach, and tutor students in Math, these are my calling from our Savior. I now better understand that I am a child of God, chosen and loved by my Heavenly Father, and washed in the precious, shed blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son! To Him be all glory, honor, and praise!"  ~Coach Mike

In addition to winning the Race to Robie Creek Half Marathon five times, here are additional highlights of Coach Mike's running career.

  • 1976  Idaho State High School Mile Champion
  • 1993  Idaho Famous Potato Marathon Winner
  • 1994  USATF Masters Outdoor Nationals 2nd
  • 1994  Humboldt Redwoods Marathon Winner
  • 1998  USATF 50 Mile Road Championship 4th
  • 1999  USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship 4th
  • 2002  City of Trees Marathon Winner
  • 2004  City of Trees Marathon Winner
  • 2005  USATF Masters Indoor Nationals 1st
  • 2005  USATF Masters Indoor Nationals 2nd
  • 2005  Boise RunWalk Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award
  • 2010  YMCA RunWalk Head Coach - through 1014
  • and many more

Coach Bonnie

I am excited to be a part of Boise RunWalk with my husband, Coach Mike!  I’ve been running for about eight years and competitively the last four years. To date I’ve run six half-marathons and really enjoyed the Aldape Summit Challenge and the Payette Lake 30Km. I love running outside in God’s beautiful creation on our Boise greenbelt as well as our Boise foothills trails. Along with running, I also enjoy strength and core training and just generally being fit and healthy. After a full day directing one of Meridian’s largest pre-schools, there is nothing like the stress relief of a run!  I praise Jesus for His many blessings and the opportunity to encourage and help other runners and walkers in their pursuit of well-being with Boise RunWalk.



Coach Pam

"Don't Stop....Keep Moving"  

Coach Pam Gross I really appreciate the opportunity to be on the team of coaches with Boise RunWalk. I've been very blessed to be healthy and I always try to stay active, especially with dancing and running as my two favorite activities. As a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for over 12 years, I help motivate people to reach their fitness and weight loss goals and help keep them motivated!

Running has been a part of my life for over 18 years and I still remember running my first Race for a Cure and the St Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration, but seven years ago I truly became a runner when I ran several half marathons and a bunch of 10k and 5k races. I have run Race to Robie Creek three times. Finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in my age group is always lots of fun! Not too bad for an old lady!  I have certifications in CPR, First Aid, AED, Kickboxing, Group Fitness, Pilate's and Turbo Kick. Being on the Boise RunWalk coaching team will be lots of fun, and I look forward to helping you and sharing my knowledge of cross-training, and helping you become a better runner.



Coach Steve Blake

Boise Run Walk Coach Steve BlakeSteve enjoys coaching adults to the starting line of their first long distance event. As founder of  Boise RunWalk, Steve is part of your team of coaches who enjoy helping people new to the sport of running and walking or returning to the sport following a long layoff. An important ingredient to the success of your training is found in the power of group support where people of all shapes and sizes come together to support one another. 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22: 37-40

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:8

Coach Steve and Coach Mike offer personal coaching services for people needing extra support outside the scope of the large group training program. For more information on personal coaching that can be integrated into your membership click here.

  • 2012 Race to Robie Creek Half Marathon
  • 2011 YMCA Off-Road Xterra Triathlon  1st
  • 2008 IRONMAN 70.3 Boise Triathlon
  • 2008 Emmett's Most Excellent Triathlon
  • 2008 YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon 3rd
  • 2006 Barber-to-Boise 2006
  • 2006 Fit for Life 5K  2nd
  • 2005 Race to Robie Creek Half Marathon (2:35)
  • 2005 Fit for Life Half Marathon (2:08)
  • 2005 City of Trees Marathon (5:03)
  • 2005 Payette Lake Run 18.6 miles
  • 2003 City of Trees Marathon
  • 2001 Portland Marathon
  • 1999 Oregon 5 Mile Championship 1st
  • 1998 Oregon State Beavers 5K (25:31)


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