About us

Sole Sports is dedicated to increasing your enjoyment of running and walking. We offer a wide variety of shoes and running products and have the expertise to outfit you in the right stuff. Whether you're an elite runner or just getting started, we'd love to offer our assistance.

Our primary skill is helping get you properly fit into your ideal running shoes. We employ a video gait analysis system which allows us to closely analyze your footstrike and determine how much support you need in a shoe.

We're at your service for all things running, not just products to sell. If you have any questions or think we can help in any way don't hesitate to call or email us.

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Lance Muzslay
Lance Muzslay 
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Co-owner Lance has traded in the long hours of training for triathlons for the long hours of running Sole Sports. He raced as a professional triathlete, specializing in the Ironman distance, never finishing over 10 hours. Prior to getting into the running business back in 2002, Lance worked as an engineer in the semiconductor industry. Ever the engineer, Lance is constantly working to refine Sole's efficiency, and his passion is for streamlining store operations and the website. Nevertheless, Lance also enjoys fitting customers into their ideal shoes and offering up his wealth of knowledge and wisdom for all things running and triathlon.


 

Karen SeymourKaren Seymour

Co-owner Karen is often times known as the life of the party. Her positive and energetic spirit is contagious, which shows through her love for running and helping to inspire new runners who come into Sole Sports. She takes pride in running the front-of-the-house operations at the store and can be found at many of the company's events and expos--always with a smile! She balances her life passions of running, operating Sole Sports and being the mother to her two children, Makena, who also works at the store, and Kai.


 

Emmet Acebedo

After working 60-hour weeks at an engineering job, hidden inside of a cubicle, Emmet enjoys the constantly changing atmosphere at Sole Sports and the freedom to come up with unique ideas. He has been trail running for over a decade and is easily found leading many of our group runs and Sole Sports events.

What is your favorite trail to run here in the Valley?
Tom’s Thumb—It’s long and away from city lights

Explain your craziest run you’ve gone on?
A three-hour run going up and down Camelback Mountain to help friend train for an ultra-marathon

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Ireland—my brother and I traveled the country side.  

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The power to heal


Flash

Flash has been coaching since 1994 and working at Sole Sports for the past five years, leading the coordination of our partnerships with cross country and track teams around the Valley. He ran cross country and track in high school and college, and now competes at the masters’ level. He enjoys meeting and inspiring people of all different running backgrounds and all different ability levels who come into the store, and helping them to find the right shoe while enjoying their shopping experience.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
All over Europe, France specifically

What is your favorite movie?
The original Star Wars trilogy and the first Matrix

What is your favorite sport (other than running, of course)?
Ultimate Frisbee


Jake Gilson
Jake is a senior at Corona del Sol High School with plans to go to Barrett, the honors college at Arizona State University, and major in mechanical engineering. He started running several years ago to stay in shape physically and mentally, and enjoys night runs as a time to himself. Working at Sole Sports, he loves the people he works with and the amazing customers that come in. He says there is nothing better than getting a new runner prepared to start their running career or helping existing runners progress and reach their goals.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while running?  
The biggest lesson I have learned while running is to check for weather alerts beforehand! There is nothing worse than getting stuck in a crazy Arizona haboob when you are only halfway through your run!

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?  
My favorite place I have traveled to is Alaska, where I took a helicopter ride onto a glacier, followed by a sled-dog ride through a snowy forest.

What has your best Halloween costume been?  
My best Halloween costume was dressing up as a cowboy in the fifth grade and carrying around a banana in my pocket, pretending it was a gun!


Jeremy Zarins
Jeremy relocated to Arizona from Cleveland in January 2011 to race and train away from the winter weather. Before coming to Sole Sports, he was an operations manager at a manufacturing company. Jeremy enjoys being in a positive work environment, working for an organization that wants to help people better their lives and reach their goals.

Favorite bands?
Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, BRMC

What’s your favorite shoe to run in?
Favorite racing flat: Lunar Racer

Who is your role model and why?
Running role models are Billy Mills (won the 10k in the 1964 Olympics) and Emil Zatopek (three gold medal winner in the 1952 Olympics).

What did you want be when you were a kid?
Pro football player



Katie Ellis

Katie EllisKatie is an Arizona native and a graduate from ASU with a degree in kinesiology. She ran in high school, picked up triathlon in college and represented ASU when she raced. She has been with Sole Sports since its’ beginning and enjoys working in an environment that never feels like work.  

What is your favorite movie?
“Blazing Saddles”


Kimberly Gunning
Kimberly graduated with a journalism degree from Metro State University of Denver where she worked at a running store called Runners Roost. Originally a sprinter in high school and part of college, she began running half marathons post-college. Since moving back to the Valley, she has been working in the journalism industry as well as at Sole Sports and enjoys staying active in the running community while helping customers find the right shoes for their training.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
I traveled through Peru for a month after graduating college. I was able to see Machu Picchu, travel around the Ballestas Islands and the Amazon, vista Colca Canyon and the Nazca Lines and so many more amazing places!

What is your favorite song?
“Meet Virginia” by Train

What is your favorite quote?
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


Marcus August
Marcus is a communications student at Paradise Valley Community College, where he runs cross country and track. He started working for Sole Sports when the Glendale location first opened and is inspired by the newcomers to the sport running their first races.

What has been your favorite race you have run?
Desert Twilight Classic in Queen Creek

Explain your craziest run you’ve gone on?
On Labor Day 2012, starting running with his teammates from PVCC and headed to ASU via greenbelt (22 miles, all under seven-minute pace).

What is your favorite song and why?
“More Than a Feeling,” by Boston–It’s the perfect post-workout song


Micaela
Micaela has worked in the running/outdoor industry for a decade. She has run races from the 5k to the marathon along with a few triathlons. She began working at sole sports in 2008, with a brief hiatus from 2011 through 2012. She returned in 2013 and is excited to be back working with the Sole family.


Sean McManus
Sean began running after moving to Arizona in 2005. Intrigued by distance and the challenge to see how far he can go, he has run several half marathons and full marathons, two ultras and even a couple Ironman’s. He graduated from ASU with a degree in kinesiology and biomechanics, and enjoys staying in shape, feeling good and staying connected with a healthy group of people—in his social life as well as in his work at Sole Sports and Lifetime Athletic Events.

What inspires you?
Seeing people overcome adversity. His role model and inspiration for running/triathlon was watching John Blais (a man who died from ALS after being given two to three years to live), who trained for and finished the Ironman World Championships.

What is your favorite sport (other than running, of course)?
Lacrosse (played for six years)

What has your best Halloween costume been?
Richard Simmons, with bright neon yellow spandex, a pink tank top, headband and arm bands.