Our Coaches

Ground Up Athletics

Organizer -

Led by Owner/Medical Director Ken Sly, Ground Up Athletics’s highly trained staff of pedorthic consultants create a retail experience that is unique due to its fusion of athletic fashion, medical, and fitness knowledge and products. Ground Up has an extensive selection that makes it perfect for USA FIT’s runners and walkers with a variety of brands and types of athletic shoes, high performance socks, and compression garments from top brands. Additionally, Ground Up offers a service that no other retail store in the Houston area boasts – medical grade custom molded arch supports which provide structural support, shock absorption, and decreased fatigue. Endorsed by a variety of respected athletes, like former Houston Rockets player Hakeem Olajuwon, USA FIT is proud to partner with Ground Up and can’t wait to bring their positive energy to the USA FIT Champions group.

Karen Faber

Head Coach - Marathon Group

Karen has been running since 2007 and ran her first marathon in 2008. Since then she has run 53 marathons or longer (41 marathons and 12 ultra marathons), along with numerous shorter races from 0ne mile to half marathons. She is 33 states into her goal to run a marathon or longer in all 50 states, and will be attempting her first 100 mile race in December.

In 2017 she became an RRCA-certified running coach and found her new passion in helping runners succeed and grow. This will be her second season with USA Fit Champions as she takes on the organizer role in addition to coaching.