Dink Taylor/Owner - Dink has been an avid runner for over 31 years. He ran his first marathon when he was 16 years old setting a state age group record that still stands. He has run in 1064 races winning the over all title 45 times, mostly in ultra marathons. He has raced every distance from the mile to 24 hours (118 miles).He still has several course records that have stood for over a decade. He has volunteered at every Huntsville Track Club event and he loves hanging at the races. He is the founder and Race Director of the southeast premier trail race, Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run. He with his wife Suzanne, also race directs the Recover From the Holidays 50K, Rocket City Marathon, The Cotton Row Run and the Running of the Bulls 5K. Dink is also on the Huntsville Track Club Board. Dink has 3 children; Skylor age 8, who is in the third grade at Hampton Cove Elementary and runs many of the 1 mile fun runs and 5k’s, his favorite sport is basketball and he is an avid Auburn fan. His current PR is 8:40 in the mile and 31:00 for 5k. Alan age 21, who attends Calhoun Community College and works part-time at Fleet Feet and enjoys running for fun and exercise, he is also an avid Auburn fan. Cayce, age 20, is in her second year at the University of Alabama, where she rushed with ZATA and has a 3.9 GPA. She likes to run to stay in shape.
Suzanne Taylor/Owner - Suzanne has been an avid runner for over 20 years. She has run 7 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons. Originally from Houston, TX, she volunteered at many local events and served on the Houston Area Road Runners Board. Suzanne is co-race director for the Mt Mist 50k, Recover from the Holidays 50K, Rocket City Marathon, The Cotton Row Run and the Running of the Bulls 5K. Suzanne is also on the Huntsville Track Club Board.
Steve Carter/Manager - Steve started running in 1981 at age 14. Steve also enjoys cycling and prefers trails to run and bike on. Steve has completed several 50K trail runs in recent years and hopes to continue participating in ultras. Steve and his wife, Jennifer, are both graduates of Jacksonville State University. Jennifer is also a runner and their son, Davis, loves to run, bike, and swim. Steve thinks that Huntsville has a great running community and is glad to be a part of it. He has worked at Fleet Feet in Huntsville since the store opened and says that it is like a second home to him.
Sean Allan/Office Manager - Sean has been a member of the Fleet Feet staff since August 2007. Sean first came to Fleet Feet as a customer and the boyfriend of former employee Megan Fairclough. Sean and Megan got married in July 2007 and are currently enjoying their newest addition to the family Isabelle. Sean, Megan, and Isabelle also have two dogs Ben and Sophie, a lab mix and German Shepard respectively. Sean began running in the 7th grade in Fort Payne. He was quickly hooked on the sport and continued to run cross country and track throughout high school and college. Sean graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in May 2008 with a degree in History and minor in Political Science.
Tom Griffin/ Sales Floor Manager- Tom is a native of Huntsville, and has been working at Fleet Feet for 3 years. His favorite running distances are the 5K and 10K. Tom is married to Melanie and has two children, Rachel (14) and Matthew (9). He is an Auburn Graduate with a degree in business. Tom’s future running goals for are to run a sub 20 5K and a sub 45 10K.
Shirley Hardy- In Store No Boundaries Specialist -BIO- Shirley Hardy has been a fitness instructor for over 30 years. She is AFFA group Certified and a spin and aqua fitness instructor for Huntsville Hospital Wellness Centers. Shirley worked in other careers all her life but her passions for helping people become healthy and fit finally made her make a career change to just focus solely on being in the fitness business. Shirley is our in-store NOBO Specialist after being a Fleet Feet No Boundaries Coach for many years. She enjoys getting to run with all the NOBO groups and helps them with all their running needs in the store. Shirley is also a professional harpist and has enjoyed playing for the HTC awards banquet for a number of years. She is also a percussionist and uses her musicality to provide a spirit station for many races in our area. Some of her other interests are to camp, bike, swim, and hike.
Jill Koch/ Marketing Manger- Jill has run competitively on a team from her middle school year’s through collegiate running at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. During her time on the team, she received an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a MBA. After she was done participating on U.A. Huntsville’s cross country and track teams, she went on to finish her first marathon in New York City in November 2011 with a time of 3:28. A month later she went on to tackle the Huntsville marathon with a time of 3:21. She is currently running at local 5ks during her time on the Fleet Feet Racing Team. She is very passionate about running and is glad to be working for Fleet Feet to share this passion.
Sarah Bowden- Sarah Bowden started working at Fleet Feet a month after moving to Huntsville in 2008. She has run every distance from a 2 mile to the 50K but her favorite distance is the half marathon and has coached in the No Boundaries and 13.1 programs. In 2009, Sarah decided to bring back a Halloween run so we now have the Spooktacular 5K + 1 Monster Mile.
Wes Calloway - Wes joined Fleet Feet with the second No Boundaries 5K training program in 2008. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee; he is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and works for the Army. He runs for exercise and enjoys the personal competition of this activity. His interests are biking, trail running, baseball and NCAA wrestling.
Jon Elmore- Jon ran cross country and track, in Jr. High - College with a fair amount of success. Took time off after college and began running again at age 38. My marathon PR at Boston (2:57) in 2007 , 1 mile AL State Record holder for 42 year old (4:55) set in 2008, and ran across Alabama, 183 miles in 4 days (July 09) are my proudest accomplishments. He also enjoy trail running. He is currently in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Calhoun College and plans to graduate in May of 2013. His wife Kelly is a runner, as well as the Cross Country coach for Austin HS, and his 3 daughters Lily, Camille, and Avy also run. He has worked at Fleet Feet since Aug. 2010 and thoroughly enjoys helping new and experienced runners start and improve their running and fitness lifestyle. We Are The Movement!
Beth Farris- Beth graduated from UAH in 2003 and is currently a wine sales rep for Grassroots Wine Wholesalers out of Birmingham. In her free time she works part time at Fleet Feet. She began running in 2003 simply as an addition to her exercise routine. Like almost every other self-proclaimed "runner," she got hooked and it became more of a passion than exercise. She has been a vegetarian since 1996, with the exception of fish or sushi for a splurge. For her, being conscious of what we eat and where it came from is just as important as running/exercise.
Louis Graffeo- Louise, a native of St. Louise, graduated with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Alabama. She is married to Tony Graffeo, who is a lawyer in Huntsville. Together they have three children ages 14, 11, and 3. She is involved in the community. Louise enjoys serving in ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Huntsville. Running is a way for her to stay healthy as well as to socialize with her friends. Many adventures have been shared over the years!
Andrew Hunt- Andrew is a native of Colombia and was adopted at the age of 11. At the age of 12, he picked up the sport of running and trained on to become the state cross country champion out of Oregon in 1993 and a Foot Locker cross country finalist in 1993. He was all ACC in 1994 for Clemson University and transferred to the University of Alabama in 1995. He joined the United States Navy in 1998 and has been stationed in Rota, Spain, and Atsugi, Japan, and Casablanca, Morocco and many other locations in the Middle East. He has a 14 year old son named Juah. Andrew is very glad to be back in a running community and looks forward to some challenging times in some local 5ks and 10ks.
Ovella Jessee- Ovella has been an employee since Nov. 2004. She is married to Ken, 1 daughter Angela, 1 grandson Dylan Michael, Graduate of Morehead State University. She has been running for 30+ years. She has race directed the Huntsville Half and UAH 10k. She loves running long distances and has other hobbies that include nutrition, and cooking. She feels very blessed to be working at Fleet Feet, and able to do something she has a passion for.
Zach Koch-Zach has been running religiously for the past 13 years and has a wealth of firsthand experience. He ran high school and collegiate cross country and track and field. Currently, he focuses his efforts on marathons and ultra-marathons including Boston, Rocket City and the Mountain Mist 50k. Zach started working at Fleet Feet in Spring ’08 and currently works part time on weekends. Zach also works at the Marshall Space Flight Center as an Industrial Safety Engineer.
Brandon Mader - Brandon has run for 11 years and competed for UAH as a member of the cross country and track teams. His areas of specialty include a graduate degree in Medical Physics from Duke University and Level 1 coaching certification by the USATF. A fan of the 5k, Brandon races regularly as a member of Powerbar Team Elite (TM) and the Fleet Feet family.
Kay Noller - In 2004 my friend told me that we were going to run a 5K. After that, she said a half marathon :0! So we joined the Fleet Feet training program that fall and ran the 2004 Nashville Rock n Roll Half Marathon. The next year I joined the FF training group again, this time alone, to run the 2005 Rocket City Marathon. It was at this training that I met 2 of my dearest friends whom soon became my running buddies for LIFE! At this point I was not only hooked on running, but hooked on giving back what I had gained through the Fleet Feet training programs. I began to volunteer at races and after running the Disney marathon, and many half marathons, I joined the Fleet Feet Sports team in May of 2009. I enjoyed educating and encouraging others so much that in November of 2009 I became an ACE certified personal trainer. I now teach all ages, from 12 to 92, running, strength, balance, flexibility, boot camps, and more. This spring I had the honor of coaching a No Boundaries group and LOVED watching these guys work and then run the Cotton Row 5K! It was so rewarding and I can't wait to meet our new Fall Class of 2010. I believe that the gains you can receive from being active are not just physical. It brings you strength mentally, it allows your soul to deepen spiritually, and there is no doubt it will change your life forever. It has mine!
David Rawlings- David was born and raised in central Kansas. He ran track for a few years in high school, but didn't take running seriously until he joined the Army and learned that he had a natural gift for endurance. He's been running for over 20 years. Running has opened the door to other fitness-related things. He has adopted a better diet in the last ten years and takes part in other types of activities, such as weight training, cycling, and swimming. This had led to his intense interest in triathlons. Luckily, his wife understands, as she takes part in all three sports, too. David also enjoys his role in the store's coaching programs and in watching both seasoned and brand new athletes as they take on new challenges. David has one son in the Air Force and another in high school.
Michelle Steed- Michelle has been a school teacher for over twenty years and her summer breaks were not enough to keep her sane. So, running has become a form of therapy. Working at Fleet Feet also helps her stay motivated to run and learn the best practices and products to run healthy. This fall she will begin her twenty first year of teaching middle school kids how to write and speak proficiently. She will also be sending her daughter, Abbey, off to Ole Miss and her youngest, Millie, will be getting her driver's license. Life happens! I challenge myself each day with focusing on the positive things because positive people are happier people.
Alan Taylor - Dink “Alan” Taylor Jr. son of owner Dink Taylor, has grown up amongst the running community . From the moment he was born, running was a part of his day to day life. Whether it be waking up at the crack of dawn to help aid Dink run across the South East or training to run his first 5K in Gadsden Alabama at the age of 7. Alan ran three years of varsity cross country for Lee High school. Now at the age of 24, he has been a full time employee at Fleet Feet Huntsville since April 2006. He loves being part of the family business. He is currently training for his first marathon in December where he will be running in the Rocket City Marathon. He is a business major at UAH and wants to open a Fleet Feet of his own in the future. War Eagle!
Brian Thompson- Brian started running cross country for Lee High School at age 14 as a way to stay in shape for soccer and has been running ever since. His interests have expanded to include adventure racing and triathlons. His current running goals include completing his first ultramarathon, competing in the Tough Guy Race in England, and qualifying for Boston. He is also an avid ultimate player and will be competing in the National Championships this fall in Sarasota, Florida. Brian is a graduate of Auburn University and recently completed his graduate degree in Biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Lonnie Vogan - Lonnie has been running for 30+ years. He started running ultras about 18 years ago and has completed 50+ ultras ranging from 30 - 100 miles in distance. He is the original "part time" employee at Fleet Feet Huntsville, starting before the store officially opened. He works for Boeing in Finance and has been married to Gina for 35 years. He and Gina have two kids, Nick, 27 and Whitney, 25. Lonnie loves the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle and enjoys helping others to do the same. Lonnie has set a goal for himself to do what he calls an "epic adventure" each year. This might include a Grand Canyon double crossing, a hundred mile mountain run the wilderness or whatever challenges "keeps you young". If you don't take advantage of opportunities, fantastic things might slip right by and you will not even know you missed out of them. That's why I pick something and go do it. His favorite quote is "only by pushing your limits, can you understand what they are".