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.
In April 2017, the Pannell's acquired Fleet Feet Tacoma followed by the three Fleet Feet PDX locations in the fall; officially establishing the Fleet Feet Sports Northwest brand. Fleet Feet Bonney Lake, Meridian, and Renton joined the network in spring 2018 as the Pannell's look to continue the dedication to their customers and northwest community.
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 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. She has run more than thirty half-marathons, 17 marathons, 4 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. He spent lots of time traveling with his family to watch his siblings 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 and explore the outdoors. On a day off you might find Micah at Beacon Hill on his bike or on the road exploring 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 24 years and have two amazing daughters. They discovered running late in life when Wade & Julie Pannell challenged them to train for their first 5k. A few years later, they relocated their family to Spokane from McCall, Idaho to join the Pannell's at Fleet Feet Spokane. 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 family and two English bulldogs and spend time with friends. Chris' favorite thing about working at Fleet Feet Sports is the relationships that are made with the customers and being able to help them with their specific needs.
Favorite shoe: On Cloudflow
Danielle is a proud PNW native, born and raised in Spokane. Her running career began at Lewis and Clark High School on the cross-country and track team and continued when she attended Whitworth University, where she ran both track and cross-country. After time abroad and some time on the east coast, she decided to settle back down in Spokane. Since joining the Fleet Feet team, she has coached high school cross-country, completed one marathon and continues training for future races. She loves helping new runners get into the sport and experienced runners achieve their potential.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Transcend
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 a full marathon and many other races. Abby likes to spend her free time working out, hiking and exploring with her husband Sean and dog Griffey, 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
Originally from Chicago, Alex has spent the last 5 years at Fleet Feet Nashville only to find himself moving to Spokane in October 2018. He cites his running career as starting after being rejected by his crush at the 5th grade pool party. It has been a HUGE part of his life ever since. He ran competitively in high school and college and now has his sights focused on completing a 100 miler. In addition to running, he loves being outdoors and exploring his surroundings. He also dabbles in piano and can rock some karaoke! Alex absolutely loves the opportunity to help people become the best versions of themselves every day. He believes it is truly a privilege to serve!
Favorite shoe: Brooks Launch
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 exploring nature with her husband, Micah. 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
Stephanie has lived in a number of places, including Bozeman, Montana and North Africa! In June 2017, her family 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 the outdoor activities that Spokane has to offer, including the various mountains, rivers, and lakes. Brandon recently graduated from Central Valley High School where he ran both XC and track. 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 positive environment his job surrounds him with—great coworkers as well as the friendly customers he sees daily.
Favorite shoe: HOKA Clifton
Hannah was born and raised in Spokane and spent her time playing soccer and drawing. She loves exploring in nature and will use any opportunity to put up her hammock. Hannah joined the Fleet Feet team in hopes of pursuing her running hobby and has enjoyed learning so much. She loves working with others to enhance their running experiences.
Favorite shoe: On Cloudflow
Originally from Northern California (Bay Area) Sara came to Spokane to attend Whitworth University where she will be a junior this coming fall. As an avid soccer player growing up, running was always a major part of her life even though she only began running competitively at the end of high school -- she now runs Cross Country and Track and Field at Whitworth! Sarah likes to spend her time hiking, swimming, cooking, reading, playing with dogs, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite part of Fleet Feet is the enthusiastic community. The employees and loyal customers and friends are so passionate about what they do and equally encouraging of others' endeavors.
Favorite shoe: Brooks Launch
Originally from Hawaii, Sydney moved to Spokane about 3 years ago for school. She's been running for the last three years and has completed three half marathons, as well as plenty of 5K's in between. She enjoys road and trail running with her Husky mix, Elska. Sydney divides much of her time between reading, video games and exercising with her dog. Her favorite part about Fleet Feet is helping people get started with their fitness goals. She believes starting from the ground up is very important and having a great pair of shoes on your feet is the best way to start.
Favorite shoe: On Cloudace
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Teresa is no stranger to the Spokane area as she has lived here for over 35 years. She started fitness training at the gym a few years ago and started running last winter. She recently finished our No Boundaries program. Teresa's next goal is to complete her first 10k this fall. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, running, photography, and wine tasting!
Favorite shoe: HOKA Bondi
Originally from Bozeman, MT, Bridger has called Spokane home for the last eight years. Growing up, he was really into running cross country, running about 30 miles a week. Once high school came around, Bridger made the transition in to pole vault. He now trains 5 days a week, year round, to be in the best condition he can to compete. Some of his hobbies include percussion, working on cars, drawing, and skiing in the winter. His favorite part of Fleet Feet is that he gets to to spread his knowledge about running and shoes to help people better themselves everyday!
Favorite shoe: On Cloudventure
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