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 & Genevie

Store Owners

Steve:

Favorite places to run: Cascades and Chuckanuts for sure, but also running to explore a new place, big view or special wildness. I’m preparing for: Summer hiking and camping in the Cascades. Favorite workout: Long repeats on the Interurban (the Urb) Trail. Favorite shoe and sock: Hoka Speedgoat and Feetures socks. Great running memory: Chain Lakes Trail near Mt. Baker with Genevie and her dad, Gale.

Genevie:

Current shoe and socks: I just got a pair of Asics Nimbus-Lite and love them!! I’m also alternating between the Brooks Ghost and Hoka Bondi (I like to keep my feet guessing).  Favorite sport drink or fuel: Any fruit flavored  Gu right before a late afternoon run and Nuun hydration anytime. Typical workout routine: I’m really liking my 20 minute almost daily runs. I take a leisurely stroll around the block for my warmdown. Favorite person (s) to run with: Steve or my dad or myself. 😉 Favorite place to run: My favorite routes currently are around the marina and Pete Zuanich Park….and Lake Padden…and around the super cool neighborhood of Fairhaven.

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Craig

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

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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Sierra

About me:
I started running at Acme Elementary School through Girls on the Run, and continued running in high school and college for Mount Baker and Western Washington University. Aside from running, I’m obsessed with cats and sweets, have caught the travel bug, and enjoy attempting new baking and cooking recipes.

Tips for being consistent: 
Make it a routine! I like to run at the same time almost every day. I’m typically out the door within 20 minutes of getting out of bed. It’s automatic, and my brain is still sleeping, so there’s no time to protest.
Accountability Buddy(s) I meet my friend Haida a few times a week, and that accountability helps us both get out there on the cold, rainy ” Can’t I just sleep in” days.
Challenge Yourself. Signing up for a race, setting a goal time, or scheduling a day of the week to run a tempo or interval workout switches things up and keeps me motivated.
Fuel: I’m fueled on super moist cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, Sour Patch Kids, and extra saucy thin crust pizza with crispy pepperonis and pineapple. During races I like the Strawberry Honey Stinger Chews, Mountain Berry Shot Blocks from Cliff, and Salted Caramel Gu.
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Polly

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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Josh

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

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

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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Lydia

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.

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Conner

About Me:
I was born and raised here in Bellingham! I grew up playing soccer, basketball, and started running when I was in the 8th grade at Fairhaven Middle School. I ran at Sehome High School for cross country and track and got lucky enough to continue my competitive career at Washington State
University. Now I’m back home and looking forward to getting back out on the Bellingham trails and reconnecting with the running community that I grew up around!

Favorite Shoe:
I love the Brooks Ghost for my easy days on the interurban and around Lake Padden and the Brooks Caldera for when I head up into the Chuckanuts or Galbraith.

Favorite Run/Running Buddy: It’s so hard to have a favorite run in town with so many amazing trails, but I love running to Raptor Ridge as I have been doing that route since I was a freshman in High School and
it’s still the same quad burning experience every time. I also really enjoy running from Fairhaven towards Boulevard Park on the boardwalk with fellow staffer Dillon. If you see us out in the evenings, say “hi”.

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Maxx

Favorite Place to Run:
My favorite place to run is to run is Fields Spring State Park and the nearby dirt roads just outside of Anatone, WA!

Favorite Races to Run:
I love trail races that range in distance from 10K to 50K!

Favorite Shoe and Sock:
I really enjoy the Hoka One One SpeedGoat and a pair of Darn Tough socks.

The Key to My Excitement:
I love using my physiology and biomechanics background to help others achieve their health and running goals!

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Andy

About Me: I’m a Bellingham native of 53 years having gone through Sehome High School! I ran track in high school and my wife kickstarted my love for distance running! We ran our first half marathon together in Disneyland! From there it’s grown into a love for the longer stuff and introduce me to so many great runners in town which makes working at Fairhaven Runners even more special!

Favorite place to run in town: Either the Chuckanut’s or Lookout Mountain because I love the beauty of the trails and being off road

Go-To-Gear: Anything Patagonia, Stance socks and either the Hoka Torrent or the Salomon Sense Ride!

 

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Kaleb

About Me: I grew up in Galena, a small town in the heart of Alaska. I went to college and ran cross country and track for 3 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage before transferring to Western Washington! I love running in the Alaskan mountains in the summer and bagging peaks with my crazy friends. There is something special about going somewhere under your own power where few people have ever been before. If you want to make my day, ask me about my summers spent in Juneau 🙂
Favorite Race: 3000m Steeplechase or WWU 10K @ Lake Padden
Favorite Trail: Lake Padden, Willawaw Lakes (Anchorage), or the Coastal Trail (Anchorage)
My wise words: Have fun with it
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Haley

About me:
I have been running for most of my life. I am currently running for Bellingham Distance Project but I also competed for Western Washington University while I was studying there. I grew up in the pacific northwest and spent most of my life in Washington but also have lived abroad. I have recently moved back to Bellingham, realizing how much I missed this area. I love running on any trail and really doing anything that gets me outside but getting on the track and doing some speedy workouts is also pretty fun!
Favorite Run Location: 
My favorite place to run is Galbraith! There are some incredible views and so many trials to run on up there. Everytime I go I can do something different and it is easy to get a nice long run in.
Favorite Shoe: 
The Brooks Launch is my favorite shoe for almost every run. I love how light and fast it feels. For a more technical trail the Hoka Torrent.
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Calahan

About Me: I was born and raised in the small town of Auburndale, Florida. I grew up playing soccer and was convinced by my grandfather to give track and field a chance my Freshman year of high school. By the end of my Sophomore year, I had gained a passion and appreciation for the sport—this led to my desire to run collegiate track and cross country. I competed for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL throughout my undergraduate career. After graduating with a Bachelors in Aerospace Physiology, I moved to Bellingham to pursue a Masters degree in Kinesiology—Exercise Science from Western Washington University.
Favorite Race Distances: The Indoor Mile and 3000m races.
Favorite Training Shoe: Nike Pegasus 37
Favorite Places to Run: Lake Padden and the Bayside Loop!

Word Has It, We’re Pretty Great!

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