BTB Coaching is more than just training plans and track workouts, it is a community–a community of runners who have had their lives, fitness, and friendships shaped by their coaching experience. See some first hand accounts of what makes BTB Coaching so special.


“Running with Susan has brought my racing to a different level. She is so inspiring and helps to keep me motivated whether I am in a training cycle or not. Her love of running is infectious and I am so happy I found her and BTB to train with.” – Tamara McLeod

“I love running and training with Coach Susan! She is such an inspiration to me!  Since coming back after my knee injury, I have viewed my training and running in such a different way.  Coach Susan has given me the motivation, support and encouragement to be the best I can be and do the best I can.  Besides her being the best Coach, I love my BTB family! It is amazing how we are all so supportive of each other in every way possible!! I am so happy and proud to be part of BTB!!  BTB rocks!” – Carmen Mena

“I can honestly say that Susan Loken changed my life!  She found in me a passion for not only running, but for pushing myself beyond what I knew was possible.  Because of her, I have achieved things I never even knew to dream about!  As part of team BTB, I belong to a community of strong, supportive, fun and compassionate people who are not afraid to set hard goals and work even harder to achieve them.  I am so thankful for everything that Susan and BTB has brought to my life!” -Tracie Rogers

I improved my times and placement at Life Time Tempe Triathlon today; 3 OAF, 7 OA and took 5 minutes off my last years finishing time. Thanks you Susan and, BTB runners helping me get back my joy for running, when I wanted to give it up after the Phoenix Marathon this year!!! Being the slowest at track has its perks…you gotta always be running your hardest to catch-up, to not be lapped too many times and, to get your intervals in before everyone leaves track. The latter really isn’t a perk to being slow because, BTB runners always wait for everyone to finish. It’s such a welcomed change to be in the presences of positive and kind people in the tough World we live in!” – Dawn Kinsley

“I came to Susan a new runner, unsure of myself, and with very little knowledge other than I wanted to be better. Susan helped me to fall in love with running and finally find the feeling of accomplishment I had been seeking in adult life. I discovered a determination in athleticism in myself I never would have found on my own, and I found a second family and the most amazing Running Mother a girl could ask for. Susan has transformed me, not only as a runner, but as a person, and BTB is a place I would recommend for runners, walkers and human beings of all levels. Inspiring, inclusive, and motivating, this group helps every single person discover the best in themselves.” – Ari Ziskin-Bailey