Our Team

Here’s a snapshot of the FR&W team, how we work together and why we love what we do.

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Steve Roguski

Store Owner

Favorite places to run: Cascades and Chuckanuts for sure, but also running to explore a new place, big view or special wildness. Favorite workout: Getting a run in without injuring myself, again! Favorite shoe and sock? Nike Wildhorse and Feetures Elite socks Typical run distance: 4-6 miles Great running memory: Chain Lakes Trail near Mt. Baker with Genevie and her dad, Gale

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Genevie Roguski

Store Owner

Favorite shoe and socks: I’m lovin’ the Brooks Ghost for running and Ravenna for walking. My Feetures socks are always first out of the drawer. And I’m wearing Zensah calf sleeves often to help ward off some calf twinges. Favorite sport drink or fuel: New Birthday Cake Gu right before a late afternoon run. Typical workout routine: 2-3 miles running one day with 40 minute-ish of walking the next day. Try to stretch everyday and think about incorporating a strength  routine, but haven’t actually done it. 😉 Favorite person (s) to run with: Steve or my dad or myself. 😉 Favorite place to run: My favorite routes currently are a three mile loop around the marina and Pete Zuanich Park….and Lake Padden.

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Craig Bartlett

Store Manager

What I care about most when I go for a run: The “energy” of the run. To me a run usually produces exhilaration in some way. Maybe it’s the endorphins… but running has always been a fun, inspiring and invigorating experience for me. Favorite Workout: 10 x 400 on the track If I could only do only one run each month, it would be: Galbraith Mtn. loop w/ Rock n Roll trail Typical run distance: 5 miles What makes a run great: A nice easy pace to warm-up, then pushing the hills in the middle, and getting to a great view; finishing feeling elated and hungry and more energized than at the start of the run!

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Chris Lantz

Favorite Trail: I still really love the Chuckanut Ridge trail, it is so much fun running the dips and switchbacks, not to mention the viewpoint is the best spot to eat a PB&J in Bellingham! Favorite shoe and socks: The Pegasus, it’s a high-mileage, lightweight, cushioned trainer. I love the fit in the mid foot and the 2mm lower heel-toe drop makes for a very natural ride. My Favorite socks are the SwiftWick Aspire Zeros, they disappear on the foot with their lightweight and breathable construction keep my feet fresh and cool! Favorite race fuel: Honey Stinger, they taste great and they use honey for sweetener so its a great long-lasting, organic, and stomach-friendly fuel. Favorite race event: Still has to be the Chuckanut 50k, it was a great sample of the trails in Bellingham and was just plain fun! Running Partner: Navi, is still my favorite running partner. He constantly pushes (pulls, actually) to be a faster, stronger, and more stable runner.

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Cody Brocato

What I care about MOST when I go for a run: Clarity of mind. I truly feel connected with everything around me after a long run in the trails. Favorite place to run: Orcas Island has nothing but fun and beautiful trails with scenic views, but I sure do love when the Chuckanut and Galbraith trails get extra muddy. Favorite shoe or socks: Nike Wildhorse version 3 with Stance Socks! Typical run distance: 5-10 miles Favorite person(s) to run with: I have been leading the weekly Tuesday night All-Paces Run (6 pm!) since April of ’14 with fellow store staffer Anna. I enjoy running with many of the people I’ve met through leading the group run (Andy, Russell, Joey, …)!

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Sierra Brisky

Favorite sock: I don’t have a favorite sock, but I really love touching the Feetures Merino Wool socks, and I wish I could have a blanket made of them. Favorite sport drink or fuel: I’m kind of like a camel, so I don’t need that very often. I love sweets, so cupcakes. Did you know camels can run fast? I looked it up. Favorite running events: I won’t do it until April, but I think the Boston Marathon will be my favorite! Marathons, Half-Marathons, 10ks, the longer the better. Favorite person(s) to run with: Myself!

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Polly Favinger

Why I run: Running “loosens” my mind. It is where I find peace and calm and often a solution to something I have been trying to figure out.  It brings me great joy. Favorite place to run: My favorite place to run is in the woods and on the trails. Most days I run on Galbraith or in the Chuckanuts. Both are simply amazing and make each run feel like an adventure! I usually run in the mornings and feel the benefit all day! Favorite shoe: The Hoka!  I run in the Hoka Stinson for the trails and the Hoka Clifton for the roads. Races I love: The Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) offers great races almost every month of the year from the 5K to half marathon distance and I love running those races!  The community of runners at the races and the camaraderie are amazing.  It is a hidden gem of a running club! What I like to eat on my long run: Real food!  Bananas, peanut butter What I like to eat when I race: GU, Shot Blocks

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Baltina Valente

Favorite trail run: Lost Lake Loop that includes bombing down Salal. Favorite shoe & socks: Altra Superior with Darn Tough light cushion socks Typical run distance: 10-14 miles Favorite Nutrition: Strawberry Clif Blocks & Mountaineer Maple Trail Butter Dream Race: Mountain Lakes 100
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Josh Vander Wiele

About Me: Originally from New Jersey I have come to realize that the Pacific northwest fits me best, and I have traded the pavement for the trails as my surface of choice. I’ve had a pretty extensive running history starting from when I was an 8th grader and I’ve been running ever since. I’ve completed 10 road marathons, including the Bellingham Bay, Chicago, and Boston, but what has become my favorite race is the Chuckanut 50k. Favorite Shoe: I’ve had to many to pick just one! But the standouts would be the Nike Pegasus, Salomon Sense Pro, and Hoka Speed Instinct. Why I Run: I find that it is while I’m running that I am the most creative and clear in thought. Running has been a great escape for me during some of my most stressful times. There’s nothing that can beat a couple hours in the trails to decompress and clear my mind!

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Dillon Quintana

About Me: I was born and raised in Whatcom County in the small town of Deming. I started running in 6th grade with my mom in the mornings and have never looked back! Since starting cross country in 7th grade running has motivated me in every aspect of life including most recently finishing my Bachelor’s in Business from Gonzaga University. I competed at the high school and colligate level over the last 9 years and am looking forward to improving my times over the coming years. Favorite Run: I have 2 favorite runs, one is my go-to route while I am in town which is starting at the Fairhaven Vet Clinic and running out to Larrabee State Park and back, while the second is less of a route and simply just the long run of the week, always 16-18 miles. Favorite Workout: 10-mile progressive tempo and Mile repeats. Favorite Snack I Could Live Off Of: Peanut butter toast or “PB’r Toast” for short. Go-To Training Shoe: Brooks Levitate

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Maria Turberville

About me:
I was born and raised in Whatcom County, but the moderate climate, the lack of large, creepy bugs, and the ability to get to the ocean in just minutes are the things that keep me here.
Favorite place to run:
In the mountains. Bonus points if there’s an overlook.
Favorite shoe/sock:
Feetures Ultra Light and Mizuno Wave Inspires on the road.
Darn Tough and Saucony Peregrins on the trail.
Favorite fuel on the go:
Hummus in a whole wheat tortilla, strawberry lemonade Huma gel, pink lemonade Honey Stinger chews, and Smooth Caffeinator Picky Bars.
Why I run:
To remind myself “I can do hard things.”  Running is where I can disconnect from the busy pace of everyday life and gain clarity and perspective.
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Reed Smith

Favorite Workout: Tempo around Lake Padden’s 2.6 mile loop Favorite things to run up: Mount Constitution, Sehome Hill arboretum, White Pass Ski Resort and my credit card bill Favorite pre race fuel: banana, peanut butter sandwich, GU and a responsible amount of water with some tailwind in it Favorite post race fuel: Whatever I can get my hands on, preferably something large and meaty Favorite part of a run: Feeling tired, calm and happy at the end Least favorite part of a run: When it’s cold and wet and I stop for too long and get colder and wetter Best running memory: The elation felt after winning a big meet with my team

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Quinn Rathkamp

Why I run: Running has given me a sense of strength and worth that has applied to many areas of my life. I feel like the best version of myself when I’m out on the trails. Favorite place to run: I love to run on the Chuckanut Ridge Trail because it is gorgeous and the technicality of the trail keeps my mind occupied, and I love to run at Galbraith because of the rolling hills and the infinite route possibilities! I also love to run around a mostly empty track when it is dark out with my eyes mostly closed…it is a great way to feel a complete sense of calm and to stay in the moment. Favorite shoe(s): The Hoka Clifton has always stuck by my side when I needed it the most, but I have also loved the Brooks Caldera.

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Lydia Hagen

About Me:
I started running when I was eleven and haven’t stopped!
I am originally from Bend, Oregon, but have always had dreams of moving to Bellingham and continuing my education at Western Washington University since both my parents attended Western Washington and I would travel Bellingham with them for Ski to Sea.

Favorite distance:
5-7 miles on the trail

Best part about running for me:
The people I meet! I love finding new running partners and the wonderful experiences I gain with them.

Word Has It, We’re Pretty Great!

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