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 5 years ago from Wade Pannell to start running, he has enjoyed numerous 5k's, Bloomsday races, several half marathons and the Portland Marathon. He recently found a new love for trail runs. His hobbies include playing his guitars, hiking, camping and anything that gives him time with his two teenage 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: HOKA Clayton
Jocelyn is from Denver but now considers herself a PNWer after 9 years in the area. She graduated from Whitworth University in 2012. Jocelyn and her husband, Aaron, welcomed their daughter Lucy May into the world in April 2016! Jocelyn loves exploring the outdoors, cooking for friends and works out with Crossfit Duratus. She worked with Fleet Feet Spokane as a Fit Specialist when the store first opened and is now excited to be back in the community as the Retail Planner.
Favorite shoe: Newton Gravity or Reebok Nano
Originally from Tacoma, WA, Charlie moved to Spokane in 1987 to work for the Air National Guard. He retired in 2012, after 34 years serving in the military. Charlie has been and continues to be (to a lesser extent) a runner since AF Basic training in 1974 - 4 marathons, 28 half marathons and 10K/5Ks to numerous to count. He loves bicycling, trail running, hiking and walks with his wife. His hobbies include making beer, running, beekeeping, playing guitar, mowing lawns, and projects around the house. Charlie's favorite part of Fleet Feet is meeting and interacting with folks, getting them in the right shoes and gear, and knowing that what we do makes a difference in their running experience.
Favorite shoe: Saucony Triumph ISO
Jessica grew up in Deer Park Washington on her family’s ranch. She loves horses and has competed for many years at a state level. She began running cross country in middle school and continued through high school. At age sixteen, she did her first sprint triathlon. Since then she has done many half marathons, lots of 5k’s, Sprint, Olympic and Ironman triathlons! Along with training for triathlons and horses, she is also a student at Eastern Washington University, studying health psychology. Jessica loves to talk to people about their training experiences and is thankful to be a part of the running and triathlon community here in Spokane. She also enjoys helping people find the best fitting shoes, so they too can achieve their goals.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Transcend
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: HOKA Clayton
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
Born in Seattle, TJ quickly moved to the East side of the state and now considers Spokane to be his home. In 2015, he graduated from Ferris High School where he was involved in the football program and three different choral groups. TJ enjoys mountaineering/hiking and since joining Fleet Feet, trail running. He volunteers his time weekly at Summit Church, as one of the youth leaders and sings on the worship team on Sundays as well. TJ’s enjoys interacting one-on-one with customers and working to find the best running equipment for them to achieve their fitness goals.
Favorite shoe: New Balance 860
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. She graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Business Management. 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
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: Brooks Ghost
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