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.
Store Manager - Grandville & Eastown
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.
Steve H "Hulster"
Return of the Hulster could be viewed as a horror or comedy, depending on which employees have to work with me. Despite being a runner for 44 years, I've continued to have some of the worst eating habits, snacking on the "big block" Hershey bars or craving an occasional Whopper. My first 7 years with Striders were a time of mental and emotional growth where I learned to deal with Nancy's lists and customer's requests for a different color. As many of you know, I am a coffee connoisseur and Gold Card carrying member of Starbucks for the past 13 years. Honestly, since retiring from teaching after 35 years, Striders has filled a void of helping/teaching people, and more than selling products, that's what we're all about.
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!
Emma enjoys being in the woods, being on or near the water, swooning
over other people's Vizslas, downhill skiing, creating things in the
kitchen and her day job, which is in IT. She hasn't found her favorite
race length yet but let's be honest, as long as she's healthy and
either out on the trails or on the shore everything's her favorite.
Emma loves making running and being outside enjoyable, if you see
someone stopping to watch the sunrise or to look up during a run, it's
Torben is a senior student athlete at Grand Valley on the cross country and track teams. He is studying Operations Management and Sport Leadership and hopes to work for a sports company of some kind, such as college athletics or a sports agency. For fun, he enjoys playing super smash bros with his roommates, visiting small independent coffee shops, and traveling around the world. He has always been a shoe junkie and is excited to help other people become one too!
Julie has been part of the Striders family for many years, although she only started working at the store recently. She has shopped here for years and has helped with many of the Striders races. Julie has run marathons in Alaska and NYC. Her favorite race distance is the half marathon which she has raced in Napa, Nashville, Seattle, Washington DC, Grand Rapids and Las Vegas. Julie likes to travel when she races. Julie has two daughters; Allison who has graduated from Grandville HS and is attending GRCC, and Anna who is at Grandville HS. Besides running Julie enjoys Mt. Biking, drinking craft beer and spending time with her new fiance, family and friends.
Joseph, who goes by Joe, is a Sophomore at Grand Valley studying the lucrative arts of counting money, making advertisements, and looking at computers (a.k.a. Finance, Marketing 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, NHS membership, 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, the shoe geek is excited to see what the future holds on the West side where the cities are booming and the water is cleaner.
Emily is currently a student at Aquinas College studying Communication, Spanish, and Women's studies. Here at Striders, she is our Social Media Guru. Emily started running in November of 2014 and jumped right into long distance, running her first half marathon in April, and her first marathon the following year. Beyond staying physically fit and keeping up with her 60 lb. weight loss, she loves the community aspect of running. Through running she met her fiancé and several of her closest friends. Whether she is by herself or with someone else, running is something that allows her to let go and to be herself. Emily has a passion for helping others along their running adventures as well. Other than a love for community, some of her favorite things are warm drinks, eating good food, reading, and making others laugh (even at her own misfortune).
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.