About Us


The Black Flag Running Club is an organized full marathon and half marathon training club in San Diego designed for all levels of runners from beginner (run/walkers) to intermediate to advanced.

Our goal is to provide a well organized training group that runs right, trains well and has fun while doing it!

Aaron Adragna, Head Coach

Aaron is a self-proclaimed “runner of the people.” His goal is to set the example that running is a sport that everyone can learn to do. He runs for the fun of it and to have a sense of self-righteousness over everyone else who sleeps in on Saturday mornings. He has completed several rounds of the San Diego Triple Crown series and a long list of other half marathons. Aaron was an avid runner back in the day. Legend has it he still holds a record from back in his glory days.

All that natural athleticism was challenged when he found himself hospitalized for over a month with a life threatening lung infection. This was a life changing experience for him. After a few surgeries, a couple chest tubes and months of treatment, he was left with scarring in his lung and diminished lung capacity. Not being one to shy away from a challenge or fly a white flag in defeat, he started training again. This mostly looked like wheezing and walking to start but eventually developed into consistent running and completion of a sub two-hour half marathon.

Aaron is your head coach. He leads the intermediate running group and those chasing a PR, but is also the social coordinator for the group. He puts together regular social activities. You will often see him making the rounds and chatting it up with everyone. If you are new to the club, make it a point to introduce yourself. He'll make sure you know a handful of people before you leave.

Yayoi Suzuki, Assistant Coach – Beginner/Interval Program (Winter & Spring)

In addition to having nearly a decade of experience coaching runners, Yayoi is one of the most amazing people you will ever run with. She's an expert in the run/walk method and has used it to set numerous PR times. She'll always be your biggest cheerleader and loves seeing the achievements of the run/walkers throughout the season!

Yayoi began her running career in an interval running program in 2008 with the intention of completing a half marathon. After completing the La Jolla Half, she realized that she only needed to train for an additional six weeks for the full marathon. So she ran the full...and then another...and became hooked on running.


Yayoi holds degrees from Grinnell College and UCLA.  When she's not coaching, she's a manager for a green technology company in San Diego.


Shelsea Hodge, Assistant Coach – PR Chasers & Core Training

Coach Shelsea leads core workout and other balance, stability and agility training for the club. Shelsea dabbles in just about every social fitness club and activity she can find time for and brings a variety of fun and integrated workouts to the club. She has an intense passion for running and fitness, and pursuing certification in both group fitness and personal training. Shelsea shocked her fellow runners when she continued running up until days before giving birth and came out for a run just two weeks after having her baby. Her son Cade has become and unofficial club member and can be seen at many of the runs.