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Nick Kovaleski

Burlingame Store Manager

Started at ARM: March 2016

Favorite Bay Area Race: ARM Summer Lights
Shoe of choice on race day: Saucony Type A
Why run? Some people go to church on Sunday mornings, I prefer lacing up my running shoes and hitting the pavement; nature is my cathedral.
Why ARM? I’ve finally found a community that shares my values; running, customer service, and passion!

Running accessory you can’t live without: The open road and my Garmin Vivoactive HR

nick@arunnersmind.com

Carlos Guerra

SF Store Manager / Social Media Director
Started working at A Runner’s Mind:
August 2015
Favorite Bay Area Race: The Gobble Wobble
Shoe of choice on race day: Saucony Ride
Why run? To quiet my mind and push my body. And to get “Gym Swole”
Why ARM? Join a great group of people who know a whole lot-a about running!
Running accessory you cant run without: My headphones!
carlos@arunnersmind.com

Billy Shea

Lafayette Store Manager / ARMTFS Coach
Started at ARM: September 2015
Favorite Bay Area Race: Every race is my favorite race
Shoe of choice on race day: New Balance Vazee
Why run? It is the best lifestyle ever
Why ARM? Amazing owner and team!
Running accessory you cant run without: I keep it simple- I only need my running shoes
billy@arunnersmind.com

Eileen Urtz

Assistant Manager at ARM Burlingame
Started at ARM: September 2016
Favorite Bay Area Race: Since I just moved to CA and have only run one race I’ll have to say the Half Moon Bay International Marathon/Half Marathon (I ran the half). I suspect by the end of November though I will have a new favorite…ARM’s Gobble Wobble!
Shoe of choice on race day: Hoka Bondi (road), Saucony Peregrine (trail)
Why run? Running, for me, is the absolute best way to meet people and to learn their stories. It is the most natural and comfortable way for me to get to know someone. Over 37 years of running and racing, my most satisfying and memorable runs have been those done with someone else. The best is running with someone, sharing my passion for running with them and encouraging them to keep working towards their own goals.
Why ARM? ARM=Family. Every customer who walks through the door is greeted like a long lost cousin and given extra special service. ARM staff all lead active lifestyles and strive to share their passion for movement with every customer. Each ARM staffer cares deeply about making sure every customer has what they need to pursue their own active lifestyle whether it’s new running shoes, advice on race day nutrition, friends to walk or run with from the store in the evenings, Zumba class or simply some encouragement to get out the door on a day they’d rather not. ARM is the most special of run specialty stores!
Running accessory you can’t run without: A sturdy hair tie plus an an emergency spare (for me or to share)

eileen@arunnersmind.com

Heini Tallent

Started at ARM: September 2016
Favorite Bay Area Race: Not quite in the Bay Area, but I loved the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. And my local Devil Mountain Run 5K is a great small town big race.
Shoe of choice on race day: Saucony Fastwitch, Topo Fli-Lyte
Why run? It makes me happy and keeps me sane – way cheaper than therapy! Satisfying my competitive streak by competing against myself and pushing my limits. The feeling you get when you stay strong and focused, and show that little nagging voice of doubt inside your head that you CAN do it!
Why ARM? Such a fun team and a feeling of community and family. Getting to spend all day talking shoes and running with people who are equally passionate.
Running accessory you can’t run without: My Garmin, and on long runs a hydration pack full of Tailwind

Dom Chelini

ARMTFS Coach / Nutrition & Sock Buyer
Started at ARM: November 2015
Favorite Bay Area Race: Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon
Shoe of choice on race day: Adidas Takumi-Sen Boost
Why run? It clears the mind!
Why ARM? You get an instant feeling of community and mirrors my passion for running
Running accessory you cant run without: Split shorts and & my Garmin 10
dom@arunnersmind.com

Chris Blanco

Burlingame Assistant Manager & Insole Buyer
Started at ARM: December 2012
Favorite Bay Area Race: SF Giants Half Marathon
Shoe of choice on race day: Mizuno Wave Sayonara
Why run? It keeps me in shape so I can eat a lot of food (especially sushi)
Why ARM? It’s an amazing community thriving store. The feeling of family is immediately felt.
Running accessory you cant live without: My Fenix Garmin watch
chris@arunnersmind.com

Emilia Janiczek

Gait Analyst & ARM Team Member
Started at ARM: November 2015
Favorite Bay Area Race: The Crystal Spring Cross Course (CCS/ Serra Invite)
Shoe of choice on race day: Brooks XC Flat
Why run? During runs you get the chance to create memories that help shape lifelong friends!
Why ARM? We get awesome food during staff meetings and ARM is a great community and gives great company.
emilia@arunnersmind.com

Mickey Malloy

Gait Analyst/ARM Team Member

Started at ARM: 10/19/2016 at 11:00am PST  🙂
Favorite Bay Area Race: 4 Peak Challenge!
Shoe of choice on race day: Vivo Barefoot Evo Pure
Why run? Awesome friends. Primal need. Runner’s high. Transcendental experiences. Because I can. Tacos.
Why ARM? Community and freakishly intense knowledge of current and historical shoe technology spanning as far back as the paleolithic era!
Running accessory you can’t run without: Body Glide…. and lots of it….

mickey@arunnersmind.com

Derek Wun

Started at ARM: February 2017
Favorite Bay Area Race: The North Face Endurance Challenge California
Shoe of choice on race day: Asics Gel-Lyte33 v3
Why run? So I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want
Why ARM? ARM is a family-oriented community with a vast array of knowledge about not only running, but living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Running accessory you can’t live without: Just a pair of shoes and I’m good

Zoey Lieberman

Started at ARM: March 2017
Favorite Bay Area Race: ARM’s Gobble Wobble!
Shoe of choice on race day: Asics Gel Nimbus
Why run? So I don’t succumb to teenage moodiness and yell at my parents for not making me food.
Why ARM? I love the welcoming atmosphere for both customers and team members. ARM is the only store that I know that promotes healthy living while also giving out free candy..that’s impressive.
Running accessory you can’t live without: quality shoes and an indestructible hair tie.

Dante Zamora

Started at ARM: March 2017
Favorite Bay Area Race: Gobble Wobble
Shoe choice on race day: Saucony Freedom Iso
Why run? I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment you get after setting a new PR and it makes me want to work harder towards setting a new one.
Why ARM? The first time I walked in to ARM I admired how knowledgeable the team was about the products they were selling. It didn’t feel like a Sports Authority where no one was there to welcome you, get you fitted, or help you find at the shoe that was best for you. I wanted to be part of the friendly service and sense of community that takes place at ARM.
Running accessory you can’t live with out: Head band and ARM socks

Sean Larson

San Francisco Assistant Manager

Started at ARM: August 2016
Favorite Bay Area Race: Bay to Breakers
Shoe of choice on race day: Brooks Hyperion
Why run? Running teaches me how to push past my physical and mental limits, making me not only a better runner, but a better person. In the words of Rocky, “It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
Why ARM? Running is my biggest passion in life, and at ARM I get to be part of a community where I can share that passion with other runners every day. I get to show up to work every day and genuinely make a positive impact in people’s lives. ARM allows me to help people achieve their goals, whether it be to run their first 5K, become a Boston Qualifier, or anything in between and I feel honored to be a part of the ARM community. 
Running accessory you cant run without: Garmin Forerunner 230

sean@arunnersmind.com

David Deffarges

Started at ARM: June 2016
Favorite Bay Area Race: Westmoor RAM Invitational Cross Country Meet
Shoe of choice on race day: New Balance 5000v2 Racing Flat
Why run? Running is a great way to get in touch with yourself, physically and mentally. You can take time to think about things on your mind, or you can focus solely on the act of running and concentrate on competing. It’s also a great way to discover nature and the city!
Why ARM? When I first went to ARM to buy a pair of trainers, I was amazed by the friendly and personable atmosphere within the shop. Everyone is talking about running, running culture, and there’s no place I’d rather spend my day.
Running accessory you can’t run without: CW-X Revolution Tights, ARM tee. 

Hannah Walsh

Gait Analyst & ARM Team Member
Started at ARM: February 2016
Favorite Bay Area Race: Crystal Springs Cross Country Course
Shoe of choice on race day: New Balance MD800 Spikes (for Track)
Why run? Everyone can run, and it’s a lifelong sport! After a stressful day, there’s nothing more I’d rather do than put on my trainers and go for a run. It takes my mind off of things and keeps me in shape. I hope I continue running for the rest of my life.
Why ARM? It’s more than just a running store, it’s a full community. Everyone cares about the customers, and it’s not just about selling shoes. Unlike other running stores, ARM establishes a connection with the customers and employees and makes working there really fun!
Running accessory you can’t run without: Garmin Forerunner 235 watch
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Ruth Anne Ascalon

Started at ARM: February 2017

Favorite Bay Area Race: My very first race, Reach For A Star 5K.

Shoe of choice on race day: Asics Gel-Kayano 22’s

Why run?: Running keeps me in the moment! Plus, it’s a wonderful energy-booster. I’ll choose running over caffeine, any day!

Why ARM?: Because ARM is family! That’s the best way I could describe it, really. Each time I walk into the shop, I feel like I’m at home. At ARM, there’s no judgement. It’s the greatest place to thrive.

Running accessory you can’t run without: My trusty CEP Compressions!

Monte Keleher

OWNER
Started ARM: 2010
Favorite Bay Area Race: Gobble Wobble, BCE Spirit Run, Hillsborough Fun Run
Shoe of choice on race day: Mizuno Sayonara, Brooks Racer ST, Nike Lunar Racer
Why run? Because I can—and so can you. Humans were made to run, walk, and move. Running is the best way for me to relieve stress, enjoy happiness, and enjoy life.
Why ARM? ARM is not just a store—it is a brand, an experience, a lifestyle. ARM is how we live, and we invite everyone to join us.
Running accessory you cant run without: ARM Shirt & Garmin Fenix
monte@arunnersmind.com

Dawson Alexander

Co-Owner / VP of Operations
Started at ARM: November 2011
Favorite Bay Area Race: The Golden Gate Half & SF Marathon
Shoe of choice on race day: Road Racing: Nike LunaRacer+3, Mizuno Sayonara, Saucony Type A and Trail Racing: Salomon Sense Pro and Pearl Izumi N2 Trail
Why run? I like the feeling of the wind rushing through my hair, the sharp pain in my legs, the fatigue that makes your body slump but mostly, I like the sweet purity and simplicity that running simply is.
Why ARM? A Runner’s Mind has developed something that is hard to craft. It’s a passion. It’s almost indescribable really, but it’s legitimate and genuine. ARM has built a hub that is more than just about running; it’s about the people who run and walk and move. It’s about their lives and the people they want to share it with. I don’t think I’ve experience anything quite like it from another shop. This is what has me coming to work everyday with a smile on my face.
Running accessory you cant run without: CEP Ultra-light compression socks. A runner’s best friend.. besides Bodyglide.
dawson@arunnersmind.com

Kyle Ballard

Co-Owner / VP of Business Development
Started at ARM: May of 2015
Favorite Bay Area Race: Double Dipsea
Shoe of choice on race day: Mizuno Sayonara
Why run? For the post race beer
Why ARM? Because it’s ARM
Running accessory you can’t run without: My Stance socks. They are bright, bold, and colorful!
kyle@arunnersmind.com

Shannon Keleher

Apparel Buyer & Visual Merchandising Manager
Started at ARM: October 2015
Favorite Bay Area Race: Presidio 10 (reminds me of the Soldier Field 10, shout-out to Chi Town!)
Shoe of choice on race day: Adidas ULTRA Boost
Why run? Hitting the pavement is the most priceless form of therapy and the empty sky is the only witness I need in life.
Why ARM? ARM is a place to call home with a group of people who feel closer than family on the road that is life. And life is good at A Runner’s Mind.
Running accessory you cant run without: KT Tape, preferably with a pirate-inspired print
shannon@arunnersmind.com

Todd Keleher

CFO – A RUNNERS MIND

FOUNDER – DISCOVER RUNNING

Started at ARM: 2010
Favorite Bay Area Races: Gobble Wobble, Payton Jordan, BCE Spirit Run, Hillsborough Fun Run, Giants Race
Shoe of choice on race day: Hoka Clifton, Nike Zoom Victory (1500m), Mizuno Sayonara
Why run? The most durable fabric that binds runners together is pain; that inside-out pain that we routinely subject ourselves to in order to make us better; better in ways that are deeply meaningful, intensely personal, and wonderfully gratifying to each of us, down to our souls.
Why ARM? A Runners Mind’s commitment is to inspire you to pursue life-long running and to use running as a platform to build character. ARM is more than a top US specialty running store. A Runners Mind is the place we arrive when we finish, come to rest, and see life for all its possibilities.
Running accessory you can’t run without: Garmin 620, CEP Compression socks, Tifosi sunglasses, Glide

todd@arunnersmind.com

Vicki Rahn

Bookkeeper
Started at ARM: June 2012
Favorite Bay Area Race: The Race to the Bank
Shoe of choice on race day: Asics Kayano
Why ARM? Why not??!! ARM is the best
Workout accessory you cant run without: My paycheck
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Jenny Keleher

Wednesday Walkers Lead

Started ARM: 2010

Favorite Bay Area Race: AVON 39  (walk a marathon one day and a half marathon the next. No running allowed!)

Shoe of choice on race day: Brooks Pure Cadence OR Brooks Adrenaline

Why walk?  We were born to walk!!!  It’s fun, great exercise, and gives you plenty of time to solve the world’s problems with friends along the route!

Why ARM? We started ARM to have a place for runners and walkers of all levels and all ages to come together to share a common interest; where everyone is treated with honesty and respect; where you can find “the right shoe for you”…..and much more!

Accessory you can’t walk without: Great shoes and socks.

jenny@arunnersmind.com