At Fleet Feet Sports, we hope to become more than just a store where you shop. We want to become a place you visit often because you feel comfortable. We want to be a resource for all your running, walking and general fitness needs. We want to be a place that inspires. And we want to be your friend. Here’s a glimpse into the lives of our Fleet Feet Staff members!
Alex crawled out of the primordial soup in the late 80’s and started running across the plains of North Dakota from a very early age. It was only natural that he would find his way to Memphis to the running shop owned and operated by great runners and humans known only to employees as the Overlords. When he is not fitting shoes, he spends his time with the lovely Rosie, their chickens, and their garden.
Andrew started running the summer after seventh grade and later ran cross country and track in high school. But it wasn’t until post-high school that he got more serious about the sport. Andrew began working in specialty running in January of 2007, worked at Fleet Feet Memphis from summer 2007 to summer 2008, and spent the past 6 years in Tucson working for The Running Shop. Back at Fleet Feet Memphis, he is sharing his passions for running with our training groups. If you’ve come to our Thursday night speed workouts or the Saturday morning long run, you’ve definitely met Andrew! While he was away he married his wife, Kate, and they have two young daughters.
You can find Emily most often in our Collierville store, when she isn’t busy coaching basketball or out running trail and road races of all types. Her favorite downtime activity is to sit on the porch with a great beer and a good book.
Emma came to us from Texas for the Downline program. She helps coach track, cross-country, and basketball at Westminster Academy. Emma is quite possibly the sweetest girl you will ever meet, and is the only person who takes notes during our staff meetings. Diligent and thorough, you are guaranteed to get a good fit with her!
Everyone knows Feb, the Manager of Fleet Feet Sports. He’s been running and racing everything from 5Ks to ultramarathons for a number of years in and around Memphis. Although he prefers the wilderness and trails, he comes out of hiding every year to pace the St. Jude Marathon. Feb’s madly in love with his wife and three beautiful girls. He’s also Fleet Feet’s shoe buyer, and no shoe makes it on our shoe wall without going through him first.
Jared is the ladies’ man of the shop. When he’s not helping you with your shoes, you can find him on the streets of Memphis on his skateboard. He is a self-acclaimed Rock star when it comes to Fantasy Basketball, and consistently outscores Andrew, when they are not working of course.
Kristen started running track at the age of 9 and fell in love with the sport. She now runs everything from 5Ks to half marathons and enjoys sharing her passion of running with others. Kristen ran for Southeast Missouri and is currently the coach for the St. Agnes track and cross country team. If you come out to our Monday Night Fun Runs or Thursday Night Track workouts, you’ll likely get to hang out with Kristen. When she’s not running, you’ll find her cooking, camping, or hiking.
Marcia’s dad took her to the track as soon as she could walk, and she has been running ever since. When not running, Marcia can be found hanging out with her husband and young daughter, decorating their home, or riding the roads on her bike.
Rachel heads up our marketing, media, and events. When she isn’t partnering with local races or working on the newsletter, you might find her strumming a guitar and teaching music at Hutchison School. Rachel started running to lose baby-weight and hasn’t slowed down since… she would tell you she doesn’t do hobbies well – she is ALL in to everything she does. She loves spending time with her active boys, going to concerts, and doing just about anything outdoors.
Richie is a two wheeled pedal’n fool who made the switch from country music to the Delta blues when he moved from his hometown in Middle Tennessee and made his way to sunny Memphis. He has been riding and racing bikes since 2006 and is currently racing at the CAT 3 level with dreams and aspirations of continuing to excel. In his cycling off-season, Richie lives out his other passion–running. He lives simply and minimally with his dog Lucy, his beautiful wife, Anna, and young son, Johnny.
Robert, the self-professed “old guy” at the store, is a retired ultrarunner who still enjoys running shorter distances. Robert has run and paced the St. Jude Marathon as well as run a number of other marathons and ultramarathons. His greatest satisfaction from running came from pacing St. Jude, helping runners cross the finish line of their first marathon. You can also find him as captain of an aid station at SwampStomper every year.
Rosie has been running since she was in 8th grade, but she always had a bucket list goal of running a half-marathon. After she finished her first half in 2010, she fell in love with the sport and has not stopped running since. You might see her helping with the store’s running groups as a pacer for some of the runners. If she’s not running, Rosie is usually working on lesson plans for her third graders at Hutchison School, cooking up something tasty in her kitchen or hiking with her husband, Alex.
Sarah grew up in Memphis and has been running for as long as she can remember. She ran track and cross country for Evangelical Christian School and was a long-time customer of the store before she joined the Fleet Feet crew. Sarah has completed several half marathons and just finished her first full marathon.
Susannah started running when she was 14 years old because she decided it was way more fun than tennis. She is helping us out at the store until she begins her law school career at the University of Chicago in the fall.
Eric took up running in the summer before high school in an effort to earn a letter jacket and keep up with his football-playing pals. He never dreamed it would lead to being the owner of a running store! Though he’s run in lots of places and at lots of paces, his current favorite routes are covered with his kids.