April Hargis – Gainesville Running Coach

From: $95.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Experienced fitness professional providing balanced, result driven running plans with strength and mobility. Beginner- Advanced.



Gainesville running coach April Hargis works with beginner runners just starting out, along with more advanced runners working towards their next PR, from 5k to the Half Marathon. April is also a certified personal training and yoga instructor and can help incorporate strength training into your program. Reach out to April below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited phone, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Gainesville, GA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet within 15 miles of zip code. 30506. Sessions are based on the individual and can include: running form assessment, form education for recommended running drills and strength movements, time trial, speed workout, race strategy prep, walk and talk/ jog and talk Q&A. Reach out to April for more info!


  • Road runners of all levels. 5k, 10k, Half Marathon
  • Strength and mobility training (Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher)
  • Running after pregnancy
  • Post-injury running


There is no better time than now to stop thinking about what you could be and start taking steps toward who you want to be. Hiring a coach means you already know you’re capable of more! I believe every step is forward progression. Consistency is the key to achieving sustainable results. Training plans should be created for the individual and complement their life (family, work, etc.), rather than compete with it. Appropriate challenge creates drive, growth, and purpose.


I coached cross country at Cherokee Creek Boarding school for two years. I started a full time career as a self employed Fitness Coach and Yoga Teacher in 2015 and have never looked back. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of running clients and am so excited to make run coaching my sole focus.


I am a wife to an amazing firefighter and a mother of two beautiful girls who loves a good challenge and seeks adventure! My immediate post college career was working with troubled teenagers in a variety of settings; rehabs, group homes, and boarding schools. In all of these places, I found myself introducing running and fitness to the students in an attempt to provide them with healthy coping mechanisms. I ended up creating a very successful cross country program for the boarding school I was employed with. I will be forever changed by the two years I spent watching my athletes fall in love with running and find a sense of purpose/accomplishment they had not been able to find in other areas of their lives. I then took the leap to create my own personal business and make fitness my full time career.

I kept running as a personal hobby and became certified in a variety of other health/fitness modalities. I feared making my full-time job running specific might eventually make running less enjoyable for me. However, during the last 8 years as a health and fitness coach, my passion for running and studying all things running has continued to grow and has helped me through some of the most difficult seasons of my life. I’ve gained so much from the sport, the most natural progression in my career is to take all of my fitness knowledge combined with my passion for running and help others find the same success and fulfillment in the sport.


Sarah Hall, Keira D’Amato, Stephanie Bruce and all the other pro endurance mother runners who are still out there setting PRs into their late 30’s/early 40’s while raising children will always be an inspiration to me! However, I find myself to be more influenced by the everyday runners who are not in the spotlight and do not get paid to run, but have the discipline and passion to continue to challenge themselves and create space for a sport that makes them a better human.


The first race I ever trained for was a Marathon. I read Ultra Marathon Man all in one night during my junior year of college and was so inspired that I signed up for a marathon the very next morning. I followed a beginner plan and fell in love with distance running during my training cycle. For several years I appreciated the training more than the actual races. I always ran for distance rather than speed. After having my first child, I decided I wanted to put my fitness education to practice in my personal running and see how fast I could get. I was able to take my half marathon time from a 2:10 to a 1:39 before finding out I was pregnant with my second child. I’m recovering from that pregnancy now and plan to chase 1:30 as my next half marathon goal. I believe I have a lot left in the tank and am still amazed by what education and a solid plan have done for my running.


  • Ace Personal Training
  • 200hr Yoga Certification
  • Dr Sears Health Coach,
  • First Aid/CPR


  • 1:39 Half Marathon


Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?



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