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 eight 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 runner friends, followed up with waffles and coffee somewhere outside.
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 every day (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.
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.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Brief 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.
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.
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.
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 distance: Half 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.
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
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
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
Hometown: Merrillville, IN
Favorite running distance: Half Marathon
Most Memorable Running Moment: Napa Valley Half Marathon. Ran the event with 13 awesome members of Stroller Warriors Monterey, a running club for Military/military spouses. Hit a PR.
Favorite song while running: Amy MacDonald’s This is the Life (weird, I know, but it really keeps me going on hills)
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: Usually somewhere on Leon Creek Greenway
What started you running: I joined Stroller Warriors Monterey’s C25K program as a way to get in shape. I lost over 30 lbs, and fell in love with running.
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: I’d like to complete a destination race such as the Dubrovnik Half Marathon.
Hometown: Chihuahua, Mexico
Brief Bio: Born in El Paso, raised in Mexico, then moved to San Antonio in 2011. I’ve played soccer my whole life (never competitively). I enjoy spending time running, hanging out with friends and watching tv shows with my two puppies!
Favorite running distance: 5K
Favorite song while running: Pop, Rap, Latin Music
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: Downtown around Christmas
What started you running, and what keeps you running: I started running after high school, in my last year of community college. I fell in love with the improvements being made (both mentally and physically) and I keep running to crush PR’s and push my own limits.
Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
Brief Bio: I was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I played basketball, soccer, and track growing up. I lived in Virginia for three years and now I am calling San Antonio my home while I attend school at Texas A&M, San Antonio. I love working out and lifting weights. I also enjoy being out in nature hiking and kayaking, which is my favorite thing to do.
Favorite running distance: I am a sprinter at heart. So anything 400 meters and down is my favorite.
Favorite song while running: I love listening to Spanish music when I am running.
What started you running, and what keeps you running: I started running in high school because I wanted to stay in shape for soccer so I decided to join the track team. I ended up being pretty good at the whole running thing and I enjoyed it a lot, too. What keeps me running is the rewards that come from it. You get out of it as much as you are willing to put in.
Hometown: I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but grew up in San Antonio, Texas.
Brief Bio: Hello, my name is Christa Mireles and I'm so thrilled to be a part of the iRun family. Since I was in middle school, I've had a passion for running and other sports as well. In high school, I participated in a number of physical activities, like soccer, track, and cross-country, which all brought me amazing experiences and opportunities. Outside of running, I have a love for sustainable fashion and the arts, which has molded me into the person I am today.
Favorite running distance: It is short, but my favorite running distance is 300m, because I ran 300m hurdles in high school. Easily, in my opinion, one of the highest intensity track races there is and the most enjoyable.
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: I competed in a regional cross-country meet my freshman year of high school, with a cold, which was terrible in itself, but within the first 10 minutes fell to the ground and was trampled by a few other runners. I will never forget that race... ever.
Favorite song while running: I don't have a particular song that I like to listen to while running. I will listen to any article of music, as long as it motivates me to keep going. But recently, I have been listening to alternative rock.
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: My favorite place to run in San Antonio is McAllister park, because the hills are so beautiful and it brings me peace.
What started you running, and what keeps you running: The person who influenced me to run was my father. I heard the passion in his voice when he spoke about his past running days, and found a love for it myself. The love and excitement I receive from running is the reason I continue to run and will be the reason for years to come.
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: I think running in the Italian Countryside would be quite nice or the beaches located on the Australian Coast.
Hometown: San Antonio
Brief Bio: I was born in San Antonio and grew up here. I went to Central Catholic High school (Go Buttons). I did cross country and track all four years there. I also did swim team which helped me expand my love for running, and my fitness level as well. I’m super passionate about running and I love the sport and how it is developing and gaining popularity recently. I’m currently studying nursing at UIW and am a walk-on to the cross country and track team.
Favorite running distance: 5k
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: The last race of my senior year of high school I finally broke 5 minutes for the mile. I ran a 4:58 and it was super exciting to me but covid shut down the latter half of my year. So it was my last race and I set a PR.
Favorite song while running: Open MicAquarius III- Logic
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: Downtown, any time of year
What started you running, and what keeps you running: I started running to improve my fitness and lose weight when I was younger. I also did not do well in my PE mile time and I really wanted to improve myself. It started from a small goal and grew into a lifetime practice.
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: Lane 8 on the track
If you could run with anyone, who would it be: Dave Wottle
Hometown: Houston, TX
Brief Bio:Born and raised in Houston, I began running in middle school during an endurance PE class and it kind of just stuck. I ran cross country and track for 11 years and made a post collegiate switch to trail running in 2020.
Favorite running distance: 25k
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: Pooping in the woods while holding hands with friends on a trail run in New Mexico.
Favorite song while running: Almost anything early 2000s
Favorite place to run in San Antonio: Government Canyon State Natural Area
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim
Hometown: DeRidder Louisiana
Brief Bio: I usually go by Mike. I love running and will be running g for a long time. I am in college full time pursuing a degree to become a high school biology teacher and coach. I have many hobbies like gaming, skateboarding, and running of course. And most of all, I love anime.
Favorite running distance:5k/1600m
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: My very first cross country race, ever, during freshman year surprised everyone (even myself) by placing 1st in JV.
If you could run with anyone, who would it be: 5k with Mo Farah
What started you running, and what keeps you running: I started running because when I was little I was really good at this event called Mile in the Park and then just kept running ever since. I continue running because I love the feel and to stay healthy.
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: I would love to run in Boston for the Boston marathon and hopefully someday will.
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Brief Bio:I just completed my freshman year at the University of Southern California where I am part of the XC and Track and Field teams. I have been competing for these sports since the sixth grade, so running has played a foundational role in my life. It is my passion and therapy. I am studying Cognitive Science and Spanish at school, and my hobbies include: cooking, reading, and creating mood-specific Spotify playlists. During the summer months, I enjoy spending time with my parents, two brothers, and dog, Doyle.
Most memorable running experience - good or bad: During my sophomore season of XC, I lost my left racing flat in a mud pit on the course. The heavy rain had soaked the grass and puddled in many places throughout the 5K. I was halfway through the race when I landed in a puddle and the ground sucked my flat right off of my foot. I ran the rest of the race with one shoe.
Describe your running fashion: Black, no patterns, USC baseball cap -- It's rather sleek in my opinion.
Favorite song while running: It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Someplace you'd like to run but haven't yet: Anchorage, AK
Linus & Lucy
Official iRun Mascots
Linus prefers country road running and chasing balls.
Lucy likes guarding the stores while she naps.