Gold Country Run + Sport in El Dorado Hills, CA

Gold Country Run + Sport in El Dorado Hills, CA

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Our staff consists of passionate and experienced runners and fitness enthusiasts committed to offering the highest level of service and product knowledge.  We are an experienced team of Ultra Marathon Runners, Track and Field Athletes, and Recreational Runners.  We have joined forces to help our community achieve its running and fitness goals.  We will go the extra mile to ensure that you find the perfect fit and style.


Leon
Leon Shahinian
Co-Owner/Manager
After spending most of his career in the finance and investment management industry, Leon decided to combine his lifelong enjoyment of running with his business experience to help build a top class run specialty retail store to serve the beautiful community in which he and his family have lived for well over a decade.  His passion for running developed early on in life, first as a competitive soccer player and later as an avid runner on the scenic trails and roads in the Gold Country area. When he is not helping others in the store with their running needs or running himself, Leon enjoys cooking traditional Armenian food for his family. He is married and has three wonderful children.
 

Alex
Alex Nichols
Store Manager
Alex was locally born and raised in Sacramento.  After four successful years of track and cross country at Jesuit High School, he completed his first marathon during his senior year.  And he was hooked.  He has gone on to run numerous marathons and ultra marathons, having completed a one hundred mile race in 2013. After working in specialty running stores for over seven years, he finds inspiration in the local running community and strives to help others appreciate this sport and achieve their goals.  He has received a Level 1 Coaches Certification from USA Track and Field and hopes to better serve his running community.
 

Sonja
Sonja Tollefsen
Sonja found her passion for running in high school while competing on the Track and Cross Country teams. Wanting to add a new challenge to her running, she began participating in duathlons and triathlons in 2001. A fascination with how to build a stronger and healthier body led Sonja to getting her certification as a Personal Trainer. She is also a Certified Distance Running Coach through Road Runners Club of America. Sonja enjoys sharing her experience and enthusiasm for running and fitness, and has been been a volunteer triathlon coach with Total Body Fitness for four years prior to joining the Gold Country Run + Sport team.
 

Cari
Cari Chavez
Cari has been an active person all her life with soccer, karate, and her biggest passions skiing and snowboarding.  Wanting to be more active all year round, instead of season to season, she picked up running.  She is a recreational runner with her sidekick, Terrier Mix Missy.  She has been at the shop for almost a year and loves being able to help people enjoy the sport of running, as much as she does.
 

Carol
Carol Edwards
Carol started running 5 years ago, at the age of 58, when her daughter asked her to run the Parkway Half Marathon.  Carol was motivated and patiently coached by her daughter, her first training partner.  They continue to run and race together.  Since then she has run in over 40 races, including CIM for her 60th birthday and a triathlon on her 62nd.
Carol recently retired after almost 24 years in Law Enforcement and she decided she wanted to work part time where she could meet and encourage the local running community in El Dorado County where she and her husband have lived for almost 30 years.
 

Katie
Katie Hartman
Katie has been running since middle school when her family joined a local running club, and she has been hooked ever since. She continued running cross country and track for St. Francis High School in Sacramento while also playing competitive soccer.  She has been active her entire life whether swimming, running, or playing soccer.  After having her daughter in the past year, Katie wanted to return to work in a job that she is passionate and knowledgeable about. She is training for her first 50k and enjoys helping others around her reach their goals.
 

Aurora
Aurora Martinez
Aurora began her running career 6 years ago as a means to release some stresses in her life. She quickly noticed that running made her feel happier and that it gave her more energy throughout the day. She slowly started to increase her mileage and she ran her first 10k race at the Apple Hill Harvest Run in 2012. From there she was hooked. She ran a half marathon in 2013 and her first full marathon in 2014. Aurora found Gold Country Run + Sport in 2016 when she trained with our CIM Training Group under the tutelage of Coach Karyn Hoffman.
She has set the goal of running a sub-4 hour marathon this year at the CIM and would like to run a 50K in 2018. She is also taking swimming lessons at Sierra College hoping to get comfortable in the water so that she can do a triathlon someday.