About our head coach

Melissa Szurovy, RRCA Certified Running Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer


About Melissa

As the owner/head coach, Melissa is a life-long learner and educator, who wants to share information with those willing to receive it, while providing equitable and accessible opportunities to all.

Melissa Szurovy is a certified Road Runner Club of America (RRCA) Running Coach, who has been coaching people to run distances from beginner runners to 25k trail runs to full marathons for more than 3 years.

Aside from running and lifting, she loves curling up with a good book on Sunday morning with a hot cup of coffee, although those days are few and far between supporting her kids’ extracurricular activities! 

She is the owner/head coach of Chesapeake Running Academy and the founder of the StrongMom RunClub. The Chesapeake Running Academy aims to keep running fun for long-term athletic development at any age to live a life full of movement, with education on technique, tactics, and training to excel in sport and reduce the risk of injury while crushing goals along the way. 

Melissa’s devotion to service includes volunteering as a local coach for Girls on the Run, the Annapolis Striders juniors running program and she has co-organized two local youth triathlons and a 5k to fundraise for her neighborhood swim team, is active at her kids’ school and on her local HOA board.

She holds additional certifications as a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, a Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. 

Melissa is married to her husband Scott, has two very active children, and retired from the United States Navy in 2023. 

core values

Be Strong

  • Prioritize building strength in Body & Mind
  • Making time to focus on goals

Grow Big

  • Take risks, go big or go home!
  • Stop trying to make yourself smaller!! 

Move OFten

  • As much as possible. Fill up water bottle, park farther from the office, dance with the kids!
  • Take the littles along and set the example

Enjoy Every.Day

  • This moment is here only 1 time. EVER. 
  • Strive to have fun and to not let the uncontrollables have control!
  • I challenge you to do the same

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