Fleet Feet Sports PDX is owned and operated by Wade and Julie Pannell. Both native to the Inland Northwest, the Pannell’s have spent their entire lives in the Rocky Mountains and relocated to Spokane, WA in 2009. Along with their two sons, Grafton and Bridger, the entire family is engaged with the running, triathlon and active lifestyle communities in Spokane.
Wade grew up a cyclist in Montana and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture. After a 15-year career in resort real estate development, Wade found himself 60 pounds overweight and dissatisfied with his fitness and level of activity. After being challenged by a friend to become more active, Wade started running and at first couldn’t complete a single mile without several breaks. After his first 5k in early 2006, the hook was set and the desire to be involved in helping people find their path to fitness began to grow. His love of running and cycling has culminated in the sport of triathlon and Wade completed Ironman Coeur D’Alene last year.
Julie was raised in Moscow, ID and grew up a gymnast. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Early Childhood Development and has spent her adult life dedicated to her children and their school communities and friends. Julie has always been committed to a fit lifestyle and in late 2010 completed her first marathon in Maui, HI. Later that year, she was surprised by an unexpected heart attack at the age of 37. As a survivor, Julie has returned to her once active lifestyle of training and is committed to using her story to inspire others to overcome physical adversity in their lives.
In April 2017, the Pannell's acquired Fleet Feet Tacoma followed by the three Fleet Feet PDX locations in the fall; officially establishing the Fleet Feet Sports Northwest brand. Fleet Feet Bonney Lake joined the network in March 2018 as the Pannell's look to continue the dedication to their customers and northwest community.
Fleet Feet Sports PDX is dedicated to supporting Portland and Vancouver's running and fitness enthusiast communities by providing quality training programs, educational opportunities and the right footwear and apparel to meet your needs. In addition, it is our sincere desire to help others along the path to wellness; whether returning from illness or injury, or regaining fitness. Above all, we hope you enjoy the journey.
Originally from Houston, Rachel has lived in Portland since 2013. She hated running in high school, in fact, she was famously last in a lot of her high school's JV cross country races. Rachel learned to love running during college in Virginia and grad school in Seattle. Running with people and running in the mountains, respectively, changed her impression of running's true (and lasting) benefits. Rachel works for Fleet Feet because she loves the running community and for all the healing and laughter and discipline it's provided her.
Favorite shoe: On Cloudflow
Kevin Cooper (aka Coop) has been with Fleet Feet Sports PDX since 2011. In addition to being the manager in the Vancouver store, he frequently attends races and other events promoting Fleet Feet Sports PDX. As for his running, Coop has been running since he was a teenager and enjoys cherry picking races of all distances with the weakest possible fields so he can place well overall and in his age group while doing the absolute minimum amount of training. When not working or running, you can find Coop hanging out with his dogs and taking them for long walks. His favorite part of Fleet Feet is seeing the way running can empower people of all backgrounds and ability levels to be the best "athlete" they can be.
Favorite shoe: Saucony Mirage
Steve works at Fleet Feet to give back to the sport. He says, "Running has taken me everywhere." Steve ran for the University of North Carolina and even met three of his groomsmen from running in college. He believes running has connected him to the best people he knows, most notably his wife. He now calls Portland home and considers running in the PNW as continuously giving him confidence and purpose in life. Steve ultimately chose to work at Fleet Feet to be an "Ambassador of Running" and to grow the sport he loves.
Favorite shoe: Nike Zoom Fly
Sarah impulsively signed up for a half marathon in 2014 and became fatally addicted to running. Since running a dozen half marathons and making the mistake of signing up for an ultramarathon, sh has completed two 50Ks, a forty mile race, and a fifty mile race in 2016. Sarah is a lifelong Vancouver native who enjoys pizza, science fiction, and training for long distance trails races. She's now been at Fleet Feet Vancouver for over three years, and loves being a part of the running and walking community.
Brian has spent the last eight years competing in triathlons and running races and the California native considers his greatest accomplishments to be competing in the 2011 70.3 Ironman World Championships and qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Brian's favorite part of working for Fleet Feet is hearing the success stories from customers after being fit and having that experience lead to life changes. When not working, you can find Brian cheering on the Timbers or traveling around the great Pacific Northwest.
Favorite shoe: Nike LunaRacer
Originally from Michigan, Brad moved from Chicago to Portland about 2 years ago, and has been at Fleet Feet for almost two years. Prior to moving to Portland, he finished a few marathons, has recently been running more trails and was even convinced to run his first 100K last year. When Brad is not running or at work, he is frequently sketching and working on some sort of creative project. His favorite part of Fleet Feet is talking about shoes and hearing people's experience with their shoes.
Favorite shoe: HOKA Speedgoat
Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Griffin ran his first 5K road race when I was six years old and has been running ever since. Griffin ran cross country and track at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for five years, Roo up! He worked at Fleet Feet Sports Kansas City for a year before moving to Portland in 2016 with his wife who is a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club. After college he continued to train and race longer distances, and ran his first marathon in December of 2017. When not running or working at Fleet Feet Sports NW you can find Griffin at Portland State University where he is an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams. Griffin loves coaching and working at Fleet Feet Sports because it gives him an opportunity to help others achieve their fitness goals.
Favorite shoe: Nike Zoom Fly
Favorite shoe: Brooks Glycerin
Anika grew up in SE Portland, went away for college, and has been back for about ten years. Since 2009, she has run nine marathons including Boston in 2012, several half marathons, and many other road races. Lately, she has been spending time learning the trails in Forest Park and she recently completed her first 50k. She enjoys the variety of running available in Portland, from roads to trails, and she loves that Fleet Feet allows her to meet all sorts of people who also love to run. She lives with her husband and two cats and she enjoys gardening, cooking vegetarian food, hiking and camping, and traveling whenever possible.
Favorite shoe: HOKA Speedgoat
Erin grew up in Camas as a proud alumni of the cross-country and track programs. While she has lived in other places around the state, she is proud to call SW Washington home. Erin has been running for over 15 years, even competing at the collegiate level for St Mary's College of California and Western Washington University. Since college, she has done 17 half marathons, completed the Portland Marathon--running a qualifying time for the 2019 Boston Marathon. When not at Fleet Feet, Erin teaches high school social studies in Longview or is exploring the PNW with her husband and two corgis. She loves being the coach of No Boundaries because it resembles teaching where you still get those "light bulb" moments when people discover they are just as addicted to running as she is!
Favorite shoe: Saucony Kinvara
She considers herself late to the running game, but Amy has been running for the last five years and considers her sweet spot to be half marathons using the Galloway method. Her favorite race (and most weather-challenged) was the Copenhagen Half Marathon in 2017. Originally from the East Coast, Amy now calls Portland home and works at the Vancouver location. She loves being a part of the Fleet Feet team because she enjoys being around other runners. When not at Fleet Feet, Amy is busy with her dogs and self run businesses.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Ravenna
Lauren works at the Lake Oswego and considers herself a local after growing up in the suburbs of Portland. She moved back to Rose City after graduating from the University of Montana. She loves the challenge that running brings and has completed four half marathons and Hood to Cost in 2017, which she is excited to run again this year. Lauren is a Pacific Northwesterner at heart and loves everything that it has to offer including hiking, the breweries and restaurants, white water rafting, and hanging out with friends and family. She says her favorite part about working for Fleet Feet is getting to meet people, hear their stories, and the inspiration you get from being a part of someone's fitness journey.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Launch
Originally from Alabama, Ian loves working at Fleet Feet because he likes making sure people get the best products available to help them reach their goals. He prides himself in his great Forest Gump impersonation and says that his hobbies include running and exploring the outdoors.
Favorite shoe: Diadora Mythos Blueshield Hip 2
Running and competing has been a part of Ryan's life since he was 12 years old as he has run cross country, track and competed in numerous triathlons. If he's not running, you will find Ryan cycling, swimming, rock climbing, and backpacking. He is a recent Portlander as he moved from Panama City, Florida in January 2018 and what he enjoys most about Fleet Feet is that it has all the benefits of a national franchise, but all stores are locally owned and operated.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Ghost