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.
After trying every sport imaginable before the age of 10 Sebastian knew two things for certain. He didn't like vegetables and running was pretty fun. He continues to grow and support one of these to this very day. He also loves broccoli. Now after running nonstop through middle school and high school American River College has shown him great care in honing his competitive running ability.
Alison started running in elementary school and immediately fell in love. After graduating from Pleasant Grove High School in 2017, she began at American River College. She felt drawn to the community that running offers. After collegiate running, she hopes to begin training for marathons and trail races and continue being part of the local running community.
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 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 didn’t start running until the age of 58. Her daughter was her coach and now they travel and run races together. Carol did her first half marathon at age 58, her first marathon at age 60, her first triathlon at age 62 and her first 50K at age 65. After retiring in 2015 she became a certified running coach and decided she wanted to work part time where she could help encourage the local community to stay healthy and to “just keep moving no matter what your age or speed”. Remember…..YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO START LIVING!
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.
After many different sports and activities, James found running in 2012 and was immediately drawn to the physical and mental challenges of competitive running. After four years of running in high school, James graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2016, and began school at American River College. He has hopes to continue running past college and eventually start running marathons.
Reed has been running since 2010 and has considered himself a running nerd since 2012 when his Cal Poly SLO teammates began endlessly talking about the 2012 Olympic Trials. He focused on track and cross country in college and then transitioned to longer road races. He currently dabbles in ultramarathons and plans to eventually race the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. He hopes that his nerdiness can serve a greater purpose to the running community at large. Aside from running he enjoys backyard sports and games such as cornhole, ping pong, and pool.