I started running in high school and was fortunate to run on the Wheeling HS State Championship steam in '98 with future Olympian Jorge Torres. While I paused running in my 20s, I found my way back 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 Torin, On Cloud X, & Skechers Performance Ride 9
I started running in college for fun, but have been consistently running since 2015. What I enjoy most about running is the feeling of accomplishment after a hard workout or a race. My favorite race memory is the Chicago Marathon. It always has a special place in my heart since it was my first marathon in 2017. Excited to be back at the race in 2021!
Outside of running, I enjoy spending time with my husband and pup, cycling, and traveling.
Currently wearing: Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind & On Cloudstratus
I started running in high school with the Hoffman Estates High School Cross Country and Track team. Running with teammates and friends makes running fun and stress relieving for me. My favorite race distance is the 2 mile and the mile. My favorite race memory was being able to run sectionals for the first time my senior year.
Outside of running I enjoy fishing, learning about new/upcoming running shoes, and drinking a crisp La Croix.
Currently wearing: On Cloudflow and Skechers Performance Ride 9
I started running in 5th grade and got really serious about it and racing in 2008. I love being outside and talking with friends while I run. Plus, I love speed training - it's so fun! My favorite run memory was training with my daughter for her first 10K when she was 10, then running that race with her and my father-in-law.
Outside of running, I like to hang out with my family and read books and stretch.
Currently wearing: Topo Ultraflys and Brooks Adrenaline for running; On's for everyday wear.
I started running in 2019 during my 8th grade track season. While I don't compete anymore, I still enjoy running for fun. I like meeting new people and getting to places faster than walking. In my freshman year of high school, I got my PR of 24:38 in the 3-mile at a CC conference. It was then that I showed myself I was capable of running faster than I imagined.
Outside of running, I like joining clubs at school and helping others whenever I can.
Currently wearing: On Cloudflow
I started running in high school during my freshman year of Cross Country. I really love to compete with others, as well as meet new people within the running community. My favorite running memory is definitely running with my teammates and goofing around during our easy runs.
Outside of running, I love to play basketball with my friends and weightlifting.
Currently wearing: Brooks Ghost 14 & Altra Escalante 2.5
I started running when I was 43 to get in a quick workout when the kids were young. Then was introduced to Fast Track and became more of a true "runner." I love the friends and support group that running gives me, as well as the runners' high. I love feeling in shape and healthy. My favorite running memories are pacing a friend to a PR, running with my daughter in Thailand, and smashing a race goal I didn't think was achievable.
Outside of running, I love to being active and hanging with my fluffy cats.
Currently wearing: On Flow & Brooks Ghost 14
I started running in 2013 when I was looking for an outlet. I went from "no more than a 5K" to running half-marathons. My favorite race was Disney's Fairy Tale challenge. My most accomplished race was the F3 half marathon in 2019. It was -4 degrees at the start, yet I still finished. I am skilled as an Athletic Trainer and have worked with industrial athletes.
Outside of running, I enjoy outings with my Fast Track family and Disney vacations.
Currently wearing: Under Armour Hovr Sonic
I'm the proud wife of Chris, the dreamer and founder of Xtra Mile Running. I am definitely the non-runner of the Xtra Mile family, as I'm positive I walk faster than I run. I enjoy being creative and the store has given me an outlet to do that. I help wherever I can - social media, emails, shirt designs, or the website.
In as much "spare time" as being a mom allows, I love reading, napping, traveling, and doing yoga.
Currently wearing: Altra Paradigm for everyday wear and my Ons for when I'm feeling fancy. ;)
Xtra Mile's former Field Marketing Director, Ryan Marshall, is now a professional in the runny industry. He works as a field representative for Adidas! Congrats, Ryan!
Ryan is originally from Michigan and now lives in Elgin, IL. He has been a passionate runner for around 11 years, and has been working in the running industry for 6 years. Ryan loves helping runners in any way he can. He has experience in track, cross country, road running, and trails. Outside of running, he loves to hang out with his wife and their new dog.
Don't let my size fool you, I am invested in the success of Xtra Mile Running. I frequently inspect all the products at the store. I also take pride in cheering on runners at local races. I am super fast and love to run with my daddy! When I'm not at the store, I enjoy singing and laughing.
Currently wearing: Shoes from Target, but I'm counting down the sizes until I can get shoes from Daddy.
As the youngest member of the gang, I am focused on YOUR happiness. It is my goal to bring smiles to anyone who sees me. I'm an excellent clapper and listener. I would love to hear about your running and happiness goals. When I'm not at the store, I enjoy dancing and eating.
Currently wearing: Minnie Mouse underwear!