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.
Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Carly has lived in the Comox Valley for the past two years. When not exploring nature through hiking, camping or trail running, Carly likes to talk about running shoes and travel. Carly met Andy while she was training to run a half-marathon on the Great Wall of China and has since found a home at Extreme Runners. Although classically an ASICS enthusiast, Carly’s favorite shoe on the wall (and her foot) is the Saucony Peregrine 8.
As a newly certified Athletic Therapist, Caitlin has just recently moved to the Comox Valley. She completed four years at Camosun College in Victoria, earning her a Bachelor degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy with over 1200 hours of practical experience working with high level and Elite athletes.
She is an avid trail runner and is excited to explore the trails here in the Comox Valley. Caitlin’s passion for running and the outdoors brought her to Extreme Runners. She hopes to participate in many of the island trail races and is in the process of deciding on her next pair of trail shoes…..soooooo many choices!
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.