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OUR STAFF

Meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff who help you find the right shoes and apparel at iRun. Our goal is to get you fit in the right shoe so you can reach your fitness goals. You'll see us at local races because we are runners too. In addition to our store duties, we coach iRun training classes. We love being fit, and we want to help you get to where you want to be both with the products in our store and our classes. We offer you the knowledge, experience, and support.

Michele Allen - Owner

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Brief Bio: We moved from Canada to upstate New York when I was in elementary school and from there to Maryland until I graduated high school. A week after graduation I moved to Texas, went to Texas A&M and have been here ever since.  I still miss the four seasons and I’m not a big fan of the summer weather but here I am, many years later, and I married a Texan!  I worked in health promotions and cardiac rehab for 20 years before going to work at Run On!, a run specialty store in Dallas.  That experience, along Mitch’s sales experience in western wear and manufacturing, and our love of running brought us where we are today. I have been running for over 40 years now and can’t imagine not. It is the best way to start my day. Through running, I met my husband, made everlasting friendships and explored endless places. When I’m not working, I love to explore new cites with Mitch, on foot naturally, running.
Most memorable race/run experience – good or bad: My grandmother was Welsh and in 2014 Mitch and I took a vacation to Wales.  We didn’t run a race there, but we ran miles and miles of the Wales Coastal Path.  It has the most beautiful scenery from beaches to coastal cliffs, unspoiled, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful.
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: Gwynneth "Gwyn" Coogan, 1992 Olympic athlete, educator and mathematician.
Favorite book/movie about running: Once a Runner by John Parker
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: Bozeman, Montana

Mitch Allen - Owner

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Brief Bio: Born in Waco, Texas, moved to Dallas when I was three. Went to high school in Richardson TX. Then moved to Salado Texas for 4 years. Then back to Dallas until 2009 when we relocated to San Antonio and opened iRun Texas.I started running in 1975. I knew a girl that was a rep for Nike, and I’d trade her western shirt samples for running shoes. My first “running” shoe was the Nike LDV. I tore my ACL in 1980 and my doctor asked me if I was a runner. I said no because I just like running and didn’t know any better. He said good. You have bad knees and won’t be able to do that. I have since run numerous triathlon distances, marathons, ultras and a few intermediate distances along the way.
Favorite Race Distance: Used to be the marathon
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: Vermont 100 1998. Had a mental meltdown at 50 miles, recovery at 80 and finished feeling great.
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: Michele Hawkes Allen. I’ve been chasing her since 1992.
Favorite book/movie about running: Forrest Gump
Favorite song to listen to while running: Break On Through, The Doors, 1967.

Kelly W. - Store Manager

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Brief Bio: Retired from the Air Force in 2011 after 23+ years of service as an Electronics Technician. I have lived in San Antonio with my wife, two daughters, son (and now grandkids!) for more than twenty years. I started working at iRun Texas as a Sales Associate in May 2014, promoted to Manager in Training from Jan 2015-May 2015, Assistant Manager from May 2015-Jan 2016 and Store Manager from Jan 2016 to Present. In addition, I coordinate and coach License for Distance training classes and Good Form Running classes.
Favorite Place to Run in Town: Downtown San Antonio
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: Dean Karnazes
Favorite book/movie about running: UltraMarathon Man-Confessions of an all-night runner by Dean Karnazes
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: BOSTON

Tina B. - Store Manager

Hometown: Denver, Indiana
Brief Bio: I have 4 beautiful girls, ages from 32 to 18 and 2 grandchildren.  I enjoy spending time with them - from shopping to all their new adventures their lives bring them.  I have been running for approximately 15 years.  I enjoy each run, long or short, running on the roads and running in the rain.  I love sharing my passion for running.  Helping others discover the fitness and health benefits that running can bring them keeps me running. 
Favorite place to run in town: San Antonio’s trail system
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: San Antonio Rock N'Roll 2019 half marathon. I was unexpectedly paced by Michele Allen and Betty Vance. WE ran, they paced me to one of my best half marathon times.  Absolutely an incredible race!
Someplace you’d like to run but haven’t yet: One America 500 Mini Marathon in Indianapolis Indiana.
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: 1st I would love to go on a run with my 2 sisters and brother back home in Indiana. Nothing too crazy but just to share my running highs with them!  I also thoroughly enjoy running with anybody and everybody that comes through our (iRun Texas) doors.  Slow or fast it doesn’t make a difference just getting out on the roads and sharing my passion for running.
Favorite race distance: Half marathon

Matt P. - Store Manager

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Brief Bio: Lifelong runner passionate about all things running related - training, racing, coaching, roads, track, cross country, and even those crazy trails - from 1mi to 50mi
Favorite Place to Run in Town: Salado Creek Greenway (any segment between 1604 and Ira Lee)
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: University of Washington Indoor Invite - standing on the starting line next to 5 men who had run under 4 minutes in the mile, including the American Record holder (3:46 mile) Alan Webb. I got next-to-last in the race and ran 4:06.
Favorite Movie about Running: Unbroken - Louis Zamperini WWII movie.
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: My dad. We started running together 20+ years ago and all these years later, I still know it's going to be a good day when we get together for a morning run and an afternoon of golf!

Jess W. - Buyer

Hometown: Waitsburg, Washington
Brief Bio: I’ve lived in San Antonio for about seven years, and I still am not used to the heat and humidity. I have worked at iRun since the second day I moved here and am currently the apparel and accessories buyer. When I’m not at work, I am usually out running on the greenway or in our local parks, and on the weekends, I love to get out on the trails. My version of a perfect day is an early morning long run with my boyfriend and runner friends, followed up with waffles and coffee somewhere outside (and then some more coffee).
Favorite Race Distance: 50k
Describe your running fashion: You can usually find me running with a Oiselle Runner Trucker hat (is there such thing as too many?) and a pair of Oiselle pocket jogger shorts. I’m also a big fan of Rabbit tanks and Nathan vests.
What started you running and what keeps you running: I started running for fitness in college (but I hated it – so boring). But, I kept running because I really like delicious food, and I discovered you get to see REALLY awesome places and meet amazing people when you run. I keep running now because it’s the best part of everyday (even though it can still suck sometimes!).
Favorite song to listen to while running: I don’t listen to music while running, but I can’t live without my Aftershokz and a good podcast!
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: If I answered this question, there wouldn’t be room on this page for anyone else’s bio.

Charlie B.

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Brief Bio: I have worked in sales and management since 1981, with many years working in the parking and security industry. Currently I have been with iRun since June 2018. I enjoy spending time with my wife Lucy and our three dogs.
Favorite race distance: Half Marathon
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: 1996 New York City Marathon
Favorite place to run in town: Trails at Guadalupe River State Park
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: Trails in Colorado

Pia W.

Hometown: Born at Andrews AFB and moved to Wittlich, Germany a few months later. I consider San Antonio my hometown since I have lived here the longest.
Brief Bio: I am not a lifelong runner. I got into running in my early 40’s. Swimming was my sport from 7 years old through my first year of college.  After a LONG break my passion for the sport finally returned 4 years ago and I joined a master’s program.  I love how swimming and running complement each other, each making you stronger and more resilient for the other. It’s my plan to be doing both for many years to come. 
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: 2019 3M Half Marathon.  My non-running daughter was working the water station at mile 8. My legs were tired because I had been nursing an injury the previous month, so I had not been running much. Seeing her face for the first time at a race and stopping for my memorable photo fueled me to finish with a PR.
Describe your running fashion: Anything Oiselle!
Favorite place to run: Town Lake, Austin. 
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: Katie Ledecky, my swimming idol.  It would be my dream to someday go on a run with her.  I’d be hoping that she doesn’t run as fast as she swims, and we could have a great conversation on an easy long run about life as a distance swimmer.

 

Cristina C.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Bio: I have been working at iRun Texas part-time since the summer of 2017. I started running in high school on the cross-country team for Johnson High School. I’m currently an undergraduate at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
Favorite distance: 5K, with my brother Diego.
Favorite place to run in town: Friedrich park with friends. I mostly like to meet at 8 am at the Stone Oak location with Julie. Sometimes 5am at Stone Oak with the distance class.
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: I ran Austin 3M with hardly any training. Around the last 3 miles I felt like training for it would’ve been wise.

Julie C.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas 
Brief Bio: I have been shopping and signing up for classes since iRun Texas was Run On! San Antonio. I started working here part time in January of 2018. My hobbies are reading, drinking, and traveling. If I’m not running, I love to hike with my daughter.
Describe your running fashion: My running fashion is “joe s$&t, the rag man," even though my co-workers would disagree. 
Favorite song to listen to while running: My favorite running music is old country music.
Favorite Race Distance: My favorite running distance is the 1K.
Favorite place to run in town: NOT Stone Oak... even though I only run in Stone Oak.

Lauren L.

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Brief Bio: I came from the college running world and had no work experience, but Run On! took a chance on me in 2010 and gave me a job. I am still so grateful for my experiences here. I learned more about running, community, leadership, coaching, and confidence from owners Michele and Mitch than I ever expected from my first job post-college. I helped with the beginnings of our Good Form Running class and loved every opportunity to learn more as a coach and runner. Discovering your passion with the help of so many talented people is a very special gift.
Most memorable race experience – good or bad: Definitely my last cross country race in college. Hit a big PR in the 5k on the way to finishing the race (total 6k) and knew I was giving it my all. I had raced scared or conservative up until that day and it gave me so much confidence to know I could trust my legs and race hard. 4th in the nation wasn’t a bad way to finish either!
Describe your running fashion: I once asked why a running shirt labeled pimento was red-orange. I had expected it to be green. Let’s just say I am not part of the “Finer Things Club”. I just love running in comfortable apparel.
What started you running, and keeps you running: My dad helped me get started in running and I had an awesome high school coach. I keep running now because I love learning what the body and mind can accomplish together.

Favorite movie/book about running: Deena Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run is a fantastic book.

Betty V.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Brief Bio: I started running in my mid 30's. I began that running journey for fitness and a healthier lifestyle. I am a mother of 3 and at that time it was my time to myself. I have met so many wonderful people on this journey and all have been so encouraging and supportive. I really enjoy working at iRun, helping others with their running needs. What’s not to love, I get to talk about my favorite hobby and hear stories from customers about their, not a bad gig!
Favorite running distanceHalf Marathon
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: I have two favorites - qualifying for Boston, and running it.
If you could run with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be: I think I would love to run with Meb. I remember crossing the finish line at Rock & Roll San Antonio and looking down at my watch and feeling disappointed in my time. He put my medal on and congratulated me and said, “ you crossed the finish line, you did great."
My two sons have recently started running, I’d like to run a race with them one day.
Favorite song to listen to while running: I do like to listen to music when I run especially on days when I am not mentally into my run. I don’t have a favorite song. My music choice depends on my mood that morning.

Xavier A.

Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas
Brief bio: Spurs fan born & raised. I love running & going fast while doing it! I am currently a student at UTSA studying Sports Marketing.
Fav place to run in town: McAllister Park
If you could go on a run with anyone (living or dead) who would it be: George Lucas (on a run through Skywalker Ranch)
Favorite song to listen to while running: Do I Wanna Know? By Arctic Monkeys
Some place you’d like to run but haven’t yet: St. Moritz, Switzerland

 

Amanda G.

Hometown: Houston, TX
Brief Bio: I became addicted to running in middle school after completing an endurance PE class and joined the crosscountry & track teams that same semester. I have been running ever since. You can also find me hiking and hammocking when I don't have my trainers on.
Favorite running distance: Half Marathon or 10K
Favorite running book: Tie between Born to Run by Christopher McDougale and The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Dranen.
If you could run with anyone, who would it be: My dad. He was my first (and favorite) coach and the ultimate cheerleader. He was the one who brought the joy and discipline of running into my life.
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: The Rim to Rim route at the Grand Canyon- 24 miles of trails and elevation. 

Amanda B.

Hometown: Warren, NJ
Brief Bio: I was born and raised in NJ and moved to Baltimore, MD for school. While living in Baltimore, I started running with friends for fitness and loved running along the inner harbor and on the Baltimore and Ohio trail. I moved to San Antonio in 2009 and was introduced to iRun shortly thereafter; that was when I really got running religion. I love the San Antonio running community and have made some great friends and memories through my connection to it, working at iRun makes it even more fun.
Favorite running distance: Half Marathon
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: My first marathon, the 1999 Marine Corps Marathon
Favorite song while running: It depends on my mood, but when I do listen to music its usually 80s pop.
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: Downtown San Antonio during Christmas.
What started you running, and what keeps you running: I started running for fitness and fun, that’s what keeps me running

Suzanne B.

Hometown: Athens. GA
Brief Bio: I’m originally from Georgia, but for the last 7 years my husband Doug and I have called Texas home. We have 3 amazing daughters age 19-25. The five of us are always in search of new adventures! I have two pups named Kahlúa and Astra. While they love to dig holes in the yard, I prefer to spend time with them at McAllister Park. I’ve been running for over 12 years for fitness and fun. I started working with iRun in the summer of 2020.
Favorite running distance: Half Marathon
Favorite running book: “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall
Favorite song while running: 99.9% of the time I don’t run with music. However, that 0.1% when I do listen to music, it’s my Disney playlist.
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: McAllister Park

Andrew M.

Hometown: San Antonio TX
Brief Bio: I started running back in 2015 and quickly fell in love with it. I joined the cross country team at Churchill High School my sophomore year and proceeded to develop my speed through my senior year. The friends I have made along the way have truly helped me dive into the local running community. Currently, I am racing triathlons for my school at UTSA.
Favorite running distance: I really like the challenge of a 5k or a technical trail 10k. Being able to focus heavily on speed reminds me of running through parks as a child.
Favorite song while running: I have a lot of songs I love to listen to on a long run or on a bike ride, but my absolute favorite has to be Mountain at my Gates by The Foals. It has a great uplifting cadence, and as you can most likely tell by the title, it’s about climbing your mountains and leaving them behind you. It seems like every time it comes on there is a big hill in front of me and this song helps me conquer every foot of every climb.
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: I’ve ran all over San Antonio but I primarily stick to the greenways. If you’re out on Salado Creek a lot, you’ll most likely run into me there. If I’m feeling a little adventurous, I also like to run trails at McAllister Park and the Missions Trail downtown for some lovely scenery.

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