Whether you've never run a step in your life or have been running for 30 years, having the right shoes and equipment will help keep you healthy, comfortable, and happy to keep running and walking.
At Striders every employee is rigorously trained to "fit" shoes so you know anyone that greets you is knowledgeable and able to help. We all use the products stocked in Striders so we can offer real life experiences along with expert advice.
All of us are active runners spanning college athletes, life-long runners, and recent converts. Feel free to ask us advice on your running and we will try our best to help and make recommendations. We strive to make everyone feel welcome and send you out the door confident and excited for your next run.
Come visit West Michigan's Local Running Store and Find Your Stride.
Nancy is beginning her 13th year at Striders as the Grandville Manager and her 19th year as a team member. She is one of Striders first employees and has experienced all the stages of growth in the company. Nancy celebrated both her first and twenty-fifth years of marriage by running a marathon with her husband, Dean. In addition to completing over 10 marathons, in 2008 Nancy attained her lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon. When Nancy is not at the store or rooting for her Red Wings, she is fully engaged in the Grandville Community, volunteering, and running throughout the town.
Michael is the resident designer and triathlete at Striders. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BFA in illustration. While an undergrad he became the president of the GVSU Triathlon Club. Although he has completed a full ironman and 50 mile ultra marathon, 5k's and sprint tri's/du's are his favorite events. He has used his illustration & design skills for multiple athletic events in West Michigan so you may own some of his work from GR Tri, Michigan Titanium, Reeds Lake Run, Reeds Lake Tri, or the Striders Classic.
Ethan is currently a Grand Valley student pursuing a sociology major, as well as a double minor in business and Spanish. He has been a runner since middle school and ran track and cross country competitively in high school and for a brief time in college, but still continues to run recreationally. Other than being a shoe nerd, Ethan loves beating people in Mario Kart, playing drums, and drinking coffee.
Karen has been married to her high school sweetheart, Seth for 19 years and they have two children. Her favorite parts of working in retail are meeting new people and making people happy. Karen discovered her athletic abilities at the age of 31 when she found that regular walking could lead to running! Since then she has found the marathon distance to be her favorite. Outside running, she always has had an appetite, so she finds cooking both challenging and rewarding. A random fact about Karen is she can walk on the knuckles of her toes, like a monkey! She's convinced that her abnormality is the result of wearing a pair of shoes she refused to part with as a kid, even though they were several sizes too small. Moral of the story: comfortable shoes may prevent monkey toes!
Joseph, who goes by Joe, is a Sophomore at Grand Valley studying the lucrative art of counting money and looking at computers (a.k.a. Finance and Computer Information Systems.) Joe grew up in Flint, Michigan, where in elementary school, he was always the fastest kid in class. When high school came along, Joe juggled academics, DECA Club Vice Presidency, track / cross country, and a job at Complete Runner. The motivation from winning playground races carried him through his high school athletic career, and to the GVSU Track & Field and Cross Country team where his main events are the mile and 800m on the track. Although there are some great memories back in Flint, he is excited to see what the future holds on the East side where the cities are booming and the water is cleaner.
Noah is currently a student a Calvin College pursuing a degree in business marketing. He aspires to eventually have a career in product development for athletic footwear and apparel. Noah has been a running since the 5th grade, and while a distance runner at heart, now sprints and hurdles for the Calvin track team. Some other hobbies of Noah's include going to concerts, playing basketball and watching football.
Nick currently works a an adjunct professor at GVSU in organic chemistry and is a CPR instructor of the American Red Cross. His goal is to become a tenured professor. Nick was forced to run while in the military but his passion and willingness to run started with a 5k about 2-3 years ago. An assortment of 5k's, 10k's, and half marathons eventually led to him running his first marathon this past April. Outside of his busy schedule and running, Nick really enjoys watching and playing soccer. Nick is also a newlywed to his best friend and now wife, Kayla.
After Jeff witnessed how much fun his disabled daughter, Chelsea, had being pushed and pulled through a triathlon in 2006, he decided to let go of some unhealthy habits and stop smoking. Not long after, he and Chelsea began running. In 2007, Chelsea and Jeff ran their first race. The time they spent running together helped them to meet a great new community of runners and triathletes. Jeff also realized it was great therapy for him and for Chelsea’s epilepsy. After their first race together, they were hooked. They couldn’t run together enough.
Over the next few years, Chelsea and Jeff pushed their physical limits with marathons and triathlons in West Michigan. In 2013, Chelsea was forever healed of her Rett Syndrome, just days after her last Riverbank run with her father. Jeff will continue to run with Chelsea by his side in spirit, and he is now able to keep the memories of his daughter alive by giving back to the community with his wife and their stores.
The Jauch's hope to carry on the great legacy of Striders that the Webster family built and so graciously entrusted them to continue. Though 2016 is their first year of ownership, it will be the 18th year of Striders legacy of supporting runners. The dedicated staff will continue to encourage and assist local athletes with all their running needs.