Meet Our Team At Running Wild
Bio: Wife Mary, daughters Sophia and Maggie. I have been the co-owner of and worked at Running Wild for 25 years.
Greatest running achievement: Completing 2 marathons.
Favorite distance: I don't really race anymore but I run 7 miles a day.
Favorite brand: Asics
What running means to you: It has been a lifestyle as well as my career for my adult life. It's a great stress reliever and allows me to eat whatever I want.
What you love most about Running Wild: I love being involved in and managing the day to day operations of the business. Seeing new customers and young kids and athletes starting to run cross country and track & field for the first time and develop their love of running is rewarding. The store would not be as successful if not for the great employees and staff that have worked here over the last 25 years.
Bio: From Wisconsin, where I competed in both cross country and track & field at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I now attack the sport from a different angle by working with the day to day business operations at Running Wild.
Greatest running achievement: I have several running memories that I'm fond of but one that sticks would have to be earning a birth to the State Track & Field meet in the 4x800m relay with three of my best friends after being considered a heavy underdog.
Favorite distance: 5K
Favorite brand: Asics
What running means to you: Running to me is an opportunity each day to escape from the real world. Running is unique in the fact that there are no limits to the amount of success you can have and having the ability to keep improving leaves me with the feeling of self accomplishment.
What you love most about Running Wild: We are the only locally owned run specialty store in the Quad Cities Area. Other specialty stores may carry similar products but at the end of the day I believe our staff is better equipped to provide superior knowledge and greater customer service to our customers. Having the opportunity to connect with each of our customers and hear success stories makes our jobs even more rewarding.
Bio: Bettendorf native. Went to Pleasant Valley High School and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Excerise Science. Met my wife, Kelsey, in Mankato and we have a son named Wyatt.
Greatest running achievement: Any race where I ran to both, my expectations and my abilities. I find that comes much more rarely than most of us would like.
Favorite distance: 5K, longer trail races.
What running means to you: A great deal. What running means to me has evolved throughout my career. While it was simply just a competitive outlet when I started, it now embodies a great number of things. I use running as a social outlet, as therapy, as stress relief, etc.
What you love most about Running Wild: Meeting new people. Talking about shoes. Talking about running.
Bio: Quad Cities native. Race director of Chili Chase and Pumpkin Dash. Leader of Cornbelt Running Club marathon training group.
Greatest running achievement: Running in college at Western Illinois University and Murray State. I've also ran the Bix 7 30 times.
Favorite distance: Mile & 10K
What running means to you: It is a sense of personal accomplishment and competition among friends.
What you love most about Running Wild: I love working with the kids going out for cross country and track & field. The great staff we have today and throughout the years. The involvement in the running community and at the races in and around town.
Bio: From the greater Chicagoland area. Now I run cross country and track for Augustana College while studying business and communications.
Greatest running achievement: Running 3:58 in the 1500m at the end of the worst track season of my life.
Favorite distance: 1500m/Mile
Favorite brand: Nike
What running means to you: Running has been my a huge opportunity to better myself both on and off the track from middle school through college it has helped me keep moving forward.
What you love most about Running Wild: I love working with a fun group of like minded people and getting closer to the seemingly endless Quad Cities running community.
Bio: From Rock Island, Illinois and have been running since freshman year of high school. I ran cross country all four years at Rock Island High School and will be competing for St. Ambrose University in cross country and track in the fall.
Greatest running achievement: Senior year, my high school cross country team won conference for the first time in over 20 years.
Favorite distance: Long distance high school races, 2 mile in track and cross country 3 miles have been my favorites so far.
Favorite brand: Mizuno and Nike
What running means to you: Running for me not only allows me to push myself to achieve things I never imagined I would but it also gives me a chance to motivate others around me. There is no greater feeling than being in such good shape that a long distance run with my team can be as casual and normal as any other thing we would do together. The competition and the family feel is what keeps me going.
What you love most about Running Wild: I love how truly interested the staff is in getting the customers into the correct type of running gear that will keep them going for miles upon miles.
Bio: I'm a Moline native and recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville where I received a B.S. in Biology/Zoology with a minor in Environmental Science. I've competed in cross country and track since 7th grade and I don't plan to stop running anytime soon! I'm a giant life science geek. My current animal collection includes two cats and a hedgehog.
Greatest running achievement: Being nominated by my University for the NCAA Woman of the year award.
Favorite distance: 1500m or Mile
Favorite brand: Brooks or Asics
What running means to you: I always think running is like quality time with yourself. It's equal parts therapeutic as well as mentally/physically taxing, yet the idea of the sport is so simple and your improvements can be measured concretely through the times you run. I also love how cross country and track can be considered both team and individual sports. It's the perfect combination of everything!
What you love most about Running Wild: I love that I'm constantly surrounded by people who love running as much as I do and that I am still able to learn new things about running every time I work. I especially love helping customers who are new to running or suffering from an injury.