For more than 15 years, Fleet Feet Sports PDX has been a locally owned and operated specialty store dedicated to providing the Portland and Southwest Washington communities with superior products, excellent service, and unique events. Whether you are a runner, a walker, or anyone looking for a lifetime of fitness, then Fleet Feet Sports PDX is your store. Dave Sobolik established the business as Pace Setter NW in Northwest Portland’s popular retail district in fall 2000. Three short years later, the opening of a second store in Vancouver, WA prompted the name change to Fit Right NW. In 2012, with growing recognition from sports and fitness entities across the country, Sobolik and co-owner Robb Finnegan dropped NW from the business name, signaling the vast reach and broad appeal of their product offerings, events, philanthropy, and RUN training programs.
In November 2014, Alan Rice and Susan Zepernick purchased Fit Right from Sobolik and Finnegan. Residents of NW Portland, the new owners pledged to continue to operate the stores as the hubs of their local running and fitness communities. At both stores, the gait analysis and multi-level fitting process that first launched Pace Setter NW remain at the core of the exceptional customer service. Both locations offer a wide selection of fitness footwear, apparel, and accessories. Fleet Feet Sports PDX remains the only running and walking specialty store in Southwest Washington.
In early 2017 Alan and Susan retired, with store managers Rachel Ebbers and Jamie Wagner taking over as Operators in Portland/Lake Oswego and Vancouver, respectively. They are excited to continue the high level of customer service our guests have come to expect from Fleet Feet Sports and are committed to remaining local and community-focused.
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 Sales Manager in our Lake Oswego store, he frequently attends races and other events promoting Fleet Feet Sports PDX. Coop has also been the head coach for our Intro to RUN Training Programs. As for his running, he 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.
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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, Sarah has completed two 50Ks, a forty mile race, and a fifty mile race in 2016. When not loading up her ultra vest and disappearing into Wildwood for the day, Sarah enjoys a good beer, science fiction movies, the Pacific Northwest, and eating entire pizzas. She joined the Fleet Feet PDX team in the winter of 2015.
I have been running for the last 6 years. I competed in triathlons for 4 years including 1 Ironman and 6 half Ironmans. My proudest accomplishments were competing in Half Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas in 2011 and competing in Elite division in a few Olympic distance triathlons. I'm currently attending Oregon State University to further my education in Kinesiology. When I'm not studying, you can find me cheering on the Timbers, eating at one of the many Vegan restaurants in Portland or traveling around the PNW.
Originally from Michigan, Brad moved from Chicago to Portland about 2 years ago, and has been in Fleet Feet for almost two years. Prior to moving to Portland, he did a few marathons, and 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 always 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
Miwa is a lifelong athlete whose athletic roots are in swimming, but she took an unexpected liking to running six years ago. Over the last six years, Miwa has run a 5K or two, a handful of 10K races, a sprint triathlon, several half marathons (including a trail half), two Ragnar races, and Hood to Coast. This year Miwa plans to run a 20-mile trail race, Hood to Coast, and a few other races. In her career, Miwa has worked in specialty outdoor retail, with developmentally disabled deaf adults, and for twelve years as a K-12 interpreter for the deaf. Miwa has a master’s degree in professional writing and aspires to write grants for nonprofits. Outside of work, Miwa can be found walking her three dogs, sewing, drawing, hanging out with her husband and teenage son, and, of course, running.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Glycerin
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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 Portland. 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