Meet the Gang

Christopher Schiel - Owner & Former Corporate Stooge


I started running in high school and was fortunate enough to run on the Wheeling HS State Championship steam in '98 with future Olympian Jorge Torres. While I largely stopped running in my 20's, I found my way back into it just before I turned 30 and have been running ever since. My favorite race distance is the 5k, but my favorite memories are from pacing and helping Johann get his 5k under 20 minutes (19:25) and helping Matan qualify for Boston (3:05:49). 

Outside of running I love spending time with my family, making music, and White Sox baseball/Bears football. 

Currently wearing: Altra Escalante & On Cloudflow.

Danielle Morris - Front-End Manager aka "Front Man"


I started running track in 5th grade and I starting distance running 10 years ago this June. My favorite race distance is the half marathon. One of my most rewarding running memories is running Sly Fox 10k this year with my 10 year old daughter Vitabella. My favorite overall performance was my first sub-2 half marathon: 1:59:59 in the Chicago Half Marathon. 

Outside of running I love spending time with my two daughters, husband, and pup. I also love my career as a hairstylist and helping people feel great about themselves.

Currently wearing: Altra Escalante and On Cloudflow. Danielle is also a Generation UCAN Ambassador.

Rachael Kanalas - the Comeback Kid


I have been interested in running for close to 10 years and in the past two years have really tried to step up my game!  I have done races from 5ks to half marathons and hope to include a marathon to that list soon.  My favorite race was the Great River Ragnar and my favorite race medal was from the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon.

When I'm not at Xtra Mile, I'm working as a substitute for District 54 and planning my 2019 race schedule.  So far, it includes the Garmin Half in April, Titletown Ultra in June, and the Schaumburg Duathlon in July.  I'm always open to suggestions for other running shenanigans!

Currently wearing: Topo Ultrafly

Michael Schiel - Quality Assurance


Don't let my size fool you, I am invested in the success of Xtra Mile Running. I frequently inspect all the products and ensure every outlet is equipped with a baby-safe plug. I also take pride in cheering on runners. I attend local races to improve upon my clapping and yelling skills. I love to run, especially when people chase me.

When I'm not at the store, I enjoy singing, laughing, and spending time with family.

Currently wearing: Diapers

Sophia Schiel - Chief Happiness Officer


As the youngest member of the Xtra Mile Running gang, I am focused on YOUR happiness. It is my goal to bring smiles to anyone who sees me. I'm working on my vocal skills, too, so I can cheer on runners just like my big brother! I'm very chill and a great listener. I would love to hear about your running and happiness goals. 

When I'm not at the store, I enjoy napping and tummy time.

Currently wearing: Diapers