The Extreme Runners staff all have varying degrees of running experience and although we might not personally run in a particular shoe, staff tries on all new shoes that come into the store, testing them for several hours and discussing opinions. All staff are given a wide variety of resources to study from each brand – product knowledge meetings, catalogues and online support/study platforms. In addition, we pay attention to what our customers are saying every time they try on a shoe or article. This is how we best determine the best options for a shoe for you given your personal criteria and history. If you have any questions we will always do our best to give you as much information as we have or at least point you in the right direction.
With over a dozen years in the industry, Andy started his career in London, England, as the assistant manager of a running shop in the heart of Covent Garden called the Sweatshop. This amazing chain of running stores offers excellent training to its staff in conjunction with the University of Roehampton, including biomechanics, gait analysis and video analysis as well as injury diagnosis and prevention. After returning to Canada, Andy worked at a number of outstanding running shops in the lower mainland, including Forerunners in Kits. Always learning something new and adding to his knowledge at every stop on his journey. He also had the chance to work at Kintec in North Vancouver where he added so much medical knowledge to his toolbox from a business that made the highest quality custom orthotics. Andy is now living his dream of owning his own running shop and enjoying the amazing trails we have here in the Valley and on the Island.
Former NCAA track and field athlete, Kirstin has traded in her javelin spikes for Mizuno Wave Riders. She met former owner of Extreme Runners, Lene, through running clinics as a child, and was inspired to continue with running, even when it was hard. After working on and off with Lene (former owner) and Cathy (former manager) for a couple of summers, Kirstin took on a fulltime position at Extreme Runners in the fall of 2016 when Andrew took over the store. Now Kirstin pounds out an 8k on the road here and there, in between playing community sports – Softball, Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football. She enjoys a ‘Salted Watermelon Gu’ gel or an ‘Ah, Fudge Nuts’ Picky Bar when she needs a little pick-me-up in the hot summer sun.
Melanie is new to the running world and is enthusiastically absorbing all of the ins and outs of the sport and what we at Extreme Runners have to offer. She is constantly amazed and impressed by the amount of research and technology that goes into making each person’s running experience the best it can be. She loves the individual attention she can give to each customer helping every single person find the right shoe for their needs. Melanie plays slo-pitch and enjoys the local trails with her dog Moxie, who often accompanies her to the store.
Olivia enjoys being the shop mascot and guardian. She also loves to smell every customer’s feet. She is a fast runner and likes to chase her toys but she needs to work on her endurance.