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 22nd year at Striders as the Grandville Manager and her 21st 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.
Ethan is a long-time runner who started to love the sport in middle school.
He ran competitively in track and cross-country throughout high school and for
a brief time in college, but still continues to run recreationally. Besides working
full time at Striders, Ethan enjoys drinking coffee, Playing the drums, and word searches.
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!
Austin is a student at Grand Valley studying mechanical engineering and
competes for the GV Running Club.
His reason for joining XC as a 6th
grader was simple: he wanted to be in good shape for hockey. Twelve years
later, hockey is no longer in the picture but running has stuck around!
Aside from running, you can find Austin working out at the gym, reading
up on new training techniques, and playing the occasional video game.
Grace is currently a student at Grand Valley studying Engineering, Spanish, and business.
She ran her first 5k in kindergarten and loved it so much that she did Girls on the Run the rest of elementary school. She ran cross country and track for Grandville from middle school all the way to her senior year. Since then she has moved onto the marathon distance- with two under her belt.
When she’s not at Striders, you can find her running around Grandville, going to a concert, making healthy desserts/food for her friends, or traveling with her family!
Keenan is a long distance hiker that started to love the sport of running after his thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017.
Since then, he has continued to run on both trails and roads to train for big trips in the backcountry. In 2019, he completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 94 days.
He’s now back in his home state working at Striders and enjoying Michigan’s trails. When he’s not at work or out for a run, you can find Keenan hiking with his dog, fly fishing, or up north camping
I started running in 2011 when a friend told me about the couch
to 5k program. I finished the program on my 37th birthday and
soon after signed up for my first 5k race, followed by another 5k
and another, I was officially hooked. My favorite race is the
Twin Cities Marathon, my home town marathon.
When I am not running I enjoy lifting weights with my husband, hanging out with our kids and exploring the Grand Rapids area.
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 running community with his wife and their store.
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.