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Ken, the owner of Running Lab, has been involved in the athletic shoe industry for 19 years in many different facets. Ken started out working at Dicks Sporting Goods for 2 years and quickly realized his passion for running shoes needed to take him further. He moved on to manage two different New Balance concept stores in Wisconsin and Illinois, learning the basics of buying, management, and more precise shoe–fitting utilizing widths and common practices found in traditional sit and fit stores.
Toni has been working at Running Lab since 2016. She is a motivational trail runner that enjoys inspiring other runners to run trails and to reach new distance goals. Her positive attitude and people-focused approach makes her an incredible contribution to our Running Lab team.
Jen is an active gal with a lot of energy. She enjoys running a variety of distances from 10k's to 50 milers. In her spare time, Jen enjoys cuddling with her dog Mak, cross stitching, hiking, camping and fly fishing.
In a nutshell, Keith is all about running, dogs, and heavy metal! He started running seriously to stay in shape and do something competitive after his soccer playing days were behind him. Running has since become much more of an obsession and also a very rewarding lifestyle. Working at Running Lab, Keith gets to be surrounded by so many inspirational runners, including my co-workers and the members of Team Running Lab. That inspiration has pushed him to complete races all the way up to 100 miles, which he would have thought unfathomable just a few years ago. He loves the positivity of our running community and being able to help others achieve their running goals through what we do at the store.
Karen is a nature lover. She has been running and hiking for nearly 12 years. She has completed a plethora of races ranging from 5k to 50k. Her dog Lucy joins her on most of her outdoor adventures. Karen's work history in the medical field makes her a great sales associate to listen to your needs and select the shoes that will support your needs best.
Joe has been running consistently for two decades. In that time he's run everything from a coach's 4X100 relay to completing 2 full marathons to stroller runs with his kids. He has coached track and cross country at 3 different high schools. He enjoys watching other improve, while having fun running on any surface either on roads or trails.
Blake is a shoe fanatic who started his shoe-selling journey at Adidas. He learned and gained an appreciation for sneakers, which inspired him to continue down the line of selling shoes. Now he is studying marketing at Cleary University hoping to further spread the love and appreciation he has for shoes to the rest of the world.
Meghan ran her first half marathon in 2017 and has been hooked ever since! Running Lab’s culture and super supportive community is what brought her here. She is looking forward to helping it grow and give back the community that helped shape her into the person she is today.
After 35 years in the classroom, I retired from teaching and began my second career at Running Lab in June 2021. I’ve been involved in high school athletics for every one of my teaching years, have coached at the Varsity and JV levels and have used running as my “therapy”. With 24 marathons and 6 Boston’s under my belt, I’ve got the experience and endured the injuries to help you find the right shoes or apparel for your needs.
Kyle is a runner of many talents. He produces multimedia content for Running Lab and is a total shoe geek. Kyle has been running consistently since high school and has recently taken up trail running and triathlons. While his current focus is on perfecting the half marathon, he hopes to run a marathon before the end of 2024. With a diverse background in sales, information technology, and multimedia production, Kyle can pair you with the shoe or apparel that will match your lifestyle.
Sidney is very passionate about all things running, recovery, and helping people. She is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. She hopes to someday mix all of her passions to create a way to help people achieve their goals and live a happy and healthy life by combining her nutrition and training knowledge.
I ran all four years high school for cross country and track. I go to Bowling Green State University and run for their club team. Currently studying interpersonal communication with a minor in marketing.
I was a captain of the track and cross country team in high school, and am currently training for more fun races to come! I am at college at Eastern Michigan studying to become a teacher.
Shannon is always looking for her next adventure. She loves trying new things and keeps herself busy teaching yoga, coaching the Brighton High School girls lacrosse team, taking classes at Eastern Michigan University to become a high school English teachers and of course running. She loves to connect and help others, and hopes that she can combine her knowledge of yoga and recovery steps to teach student athletes to take care of themselves.
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’ve run cross country and track at Brighton High School, and I also take part in the marching band. I play clarinet, and I also like to bike, paint, and spend time with my family. I’m planning to go to college to study political science, but I’m not sure where I am going yet. I absolutely love working at the Running Lab because I get to spend time with super positive people, and it’s a ton of fun!
Maria started running with the Hungry Duck 5k training group in 2022 and got bit by the running bug! She helps host a weekly run/group in Pinckney with her husband, Joe. Maria enjoys finding time to fit in some miles while being a mom to her four kids.
Kris started running competitively at age 30. He was on a bicycle ride when he saw a group setting up for a 2-mile race! He was intrigued and rode home as fast as he could, picked up his family, car and running shoes, and headed for the race! As Kris arrived, he saw the race had already started so he dropped his $5 on the table and ran after them. He caught the pack and passed them, winning the first race he ever entered! Since then, Kris has become a Marathoner, including a Boston finish, and three Ironman triathlon finishes. Kris also enjoys long distance cycling and hiking. He retired from the Automotive Industry in 2023 and became part of the Running Lab team where he is around other motivated athletes and they have already inspired him to enter his first 50k trail ultramarathon. Kris has an Associate Degree in Exercise Science and Business.