Fleet Feet Sports Spokane is locally owned and operated by Wade and Julie Pannell. Both native to the Inland Northwest, the Pannell’s have spent their entire lives in the Rocky Mountains and relocated to Spokane, WA in 2009. Along with their two sons, Grafton and Bridger, the entire family is engaged with the running, triathlon and active lifestyle communities in Spokane.
Wade grew up a cyclist in Montana and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture. After a 15-year career in resort real estate development, Wade found himself 60 pounds overweight and dissatisfied with his fitness and level of activity. After being challenged by a friend to become more active, Wade started running and at first couldn’t complete a single mile without several breaks. After his first 5k in early 2006, the hook was set and the desire to be involved in helping people find their path to fitness began to grow. His love of running and cycling has culminated in the sport of triathlon and Wade completed Ironman Coeur D’Alene last year.
Julie was raised in Moscow, ID and grew up a gymnast. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Early Childhood Development and has spent her adult life dedicated to her children and their school communities and friends. Julie has always been committed to a fit lifestyle and in late 2010 completed her first marathon in Maui, HI. Later that year, she was surprised by an unexpected heart attack at the age of 37. As a survivor, Julie has returned to her once active lifestyle of training and is committed to using her story to inspire others to overcome physical adversity in their lives.
Fleet Feet Sports Spokane is dedicated to supporting Spokane’s running and fitness enthusiast communities by providing quality training programs, educational opportunities and the right footwear and apparel to meet your needs. In addition, it is our sincere desire to help others along the path to wellness; whether returning from illness or injury, or regaining fitness. Above all, we hope you enjoy the journey.
Casey grew up in central Idaho. He and his wife, Jessicah, relocated to Spokane from McCall, Idaho. After a challenge 9 years ago from Wade Pannell to start running, he has enjoyed numerous 5k's, Bloomsday races, several half marathons and the Portland Marathon. He found a new love for trail runs after moving to Spokane. His hobbies include playing his guitars, hiking, camping and anything that gives him time with his wife and two daughters. He is excited to help people find joy in running and being active and finds the Fit Process a great way to help them along their journey.
Favorite shoe: On Cloud
Nicole (aka Nicki) has been with Fleet Feet Spokane since its opening in 2012 as a FIT Specialist and Merchandiser. She has a BA in Interior Design and Apparel Merchandising and Textiles and loves to geek out on the cool techy side of running apparel and shoes. Nicki has been a runner and triathlete for 15+ years but only considered herself one for the past eight or so. She has run more than thirty half-marathons, twelve marathons, three Ironman Triathlons, and one Ultramarathon. As a certified running coach, TRX instructor, and indoor cycling instructor Nicki loves coaching triathletes and runners at all levels and distances. A native of Canada, Nicki finds Spokane is a fantastic place to raise her five kids. She has found a wonderful sense of family here through the running community and is a member of The Spokane Swifts, the Flying Irish and Team Blaze Spokane.
Favorite shoe: Newton Motion
Micah was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. His passion for running and the running community began in his elementary and middle school years where he spent lots of time traveling with his family to watch his brother and sister run competitively for both high school and college cross country. To this day Micah enjoys running for himself and sees it as a great way to get out there and explore the outdoors. On a day off you might find Micah up at Beacon Hill on his bike or on the road going to explore a new trail around the PNW. His job at Fleet Feet is to keep our inventory on course and well counted, making sure all of our wonderful customers have everything they need to better their running experience.
Favorite shoe: Asics Gel-Kayano
Originally an Arizona native, Jessicah has called the beautiful Pacific Northwest home for the last 15 years. Jessicah and Casey have been married for 23 years and have two amazing daughters. They discovered running late in life when Wade & Julie Pannell challenged them to train for their first 5k in 2009. Over 4 years ago, they relocated their family to Spokane from McCall, Idaho to join the Pannell's at Fleet Feet Sports. Since 2009, Jessicah has finished six half marathons, two full marathons and multiple sprint and olympic triathlons thanks to the rich running and tri community in Spokane--with hopes of crossing a 70.3 finish line in the near future. As the Training Groups Coordinator and 5k Coach, Jessicah has the great privilege of helping new runners finish their first 5k and fall in love with running. It never gets old to cross a finish line with someone for the first time and help them see that Running Changes Everything!
Favorite shoe: Newton Distance
Chris was born and raised in Spokane Valley. He lived on the west side of the state for a couple years, but then decided he needed to escape the "rat race". In September 2014, he had a change of heart on how he was living his life and wanted something better -- an active and healthier lifestyle. Early in 2015, he decided to do something he NEVER thought possible: an IRONMAN triathlon. He trained for 6 months and completed IRONMAN Coeur d' Alene in 2015. He fell in love with the sport and continues to train. In his free time, Chris likes to hang out with his two english bulldogs, spend time with friends, and eat food. Chris' favorite thing about working at Fleet Feet Sports is the relationships/contacts that are made with the customers and being able to help them with their specific needs.
Favorite shoe: On Cloudflow
Abby is a native of the Seattle area, but relocated to Spokane in 2012 to attend Whitworth University. After retiring from a competitive swim career in high school, she picked up running to stay in shape. Since then, she has completed 4 half marathons, 4 Bloomsday's, and a handful of 5Ks. She hopes to eventually add more halfs and even a full marathon to her repertoire. Abby likes to spend her free time working out, hiking, exploring, and eating good food. Through her marketing position at Fleet Feet, Abby hopes to excite people about running and fitness and encourage healthier lifestyles in the Spokane community.
Favorite shoe: Altra Escalante
Danielle is a proud PNW native, born and raised in Spokane. She ran cross-country in high school and college, and now coaches cross-country at Lewis and Clark High School. Her favorite part of working at Fleet Feet is hearing all the inspiring stories of what our customers have accomplished.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Transcend
Emily was born in Bellingham, WA and moved to Spokane when she was little. She fell in love with running in high school at Shadle Park, and then moved to Arizona Christian University to run for them. Emily recently ran her first 50K race on Priest Lake trails and loves spending time in nature. Her favorite part about Fleet Feet is the community aspect of the store and being inspired by customers every day.
Favorite shoe: On Cloudflow
Chris grew up in the small town of Eagle Creek, east of Portland. He moved to Spokane to attend Whitworth University, where he ran XC and Track during all four years of undergrad. In his free time, Chris loves to explore the outdoors and take photos. Chris' favorite part about working at Fleet Feet is having the opportunity to play a small part in helping others achieve their fitness/running goals.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Ghost
Merri Lou grew up in Spokane but went to college in the Bay Area and lived there for thirteen years before returning to Spokane. She has an extensive fitness background with a BS in Kinesiology, 22 years as a personal fitness trainer, and 17 years as a fitness instructor. Her pastimes include spending time with her two kids, golfing, rock climbing, coaching and playing basketball. She also enjoys making time to get a cleansing run in to clear her head. Merri Lou's favorite part of Fleet Feet is the clientele and being able to meet their needs.
Favorite shoe: HOKA Speedgoat
Rachel grew up in Phoenix, AZ, but moved to Spokane in 2015 to attend law school. She began running in high school as a part of conditioning for swim, but it wasn’t until she decided to run her first half marathon, in 2009, that she really fell in love with the sport. Since then she's completed one full marathon, 5 half marathons, and numerous 5K and 10K races. Rachel loves trail running and thinks there is nothing more beautiful than a desert trail at sunrise. Currently in law school, Rachel spends most of her free time studying but enjoys cooking, camping, and any activity that she can do with her two rescue pups, Jade and Joy!
Favorite shoe: Saucony Xodus
Stephanie has lived in a number of places, but most recently, her family moved from Bozeman, Montana to North Africa and lived there for 6.5 years. In June 2017, they moved back to the states and decided to make Spokane their home. At the age of 47, Stephanie realized that she needed to get more serious about her health and began making small changes that eventually led to running. She fell in love with running and the way it affected all aspects of her life. Stephanie loves working at Fleet Feet because she gets to meet and interact with amazing customers who all have interesting life stories and journeys, and she has the privilege of helping them find products that work for them.
Favorite shoe: Mizuno Wave Horizon
Brandon has lived his entire life in the Spokane Valley. He enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Spokane has to offer, including the various mountains, rivers, and lakes. Brandon goes Central Valley High School where he runs with the cross country and track distance team. He enjoys playing music with friends in his free time as well as getting into the mud on his mountain bike. Brandon's favorite part of his job at Fleet Feet is the positivity his job surrounds him with—great coworkers as well as the friendly customers he sees daily.
Favorite shoe: HOKA Clifton
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