Sole Sports staff

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.

 


Andrew Chuplis
Andrew is an economics graduate from University of Miami and ran competitively throughout middle school, high school and college. He recently relocated to Arizona and became a part of the Sole Sports team in April 2013. With a personal training background, he also operates a website called TrainElite.com. He enjoys sharing what he’s learned running—a sport he loves—with other people while at work.

What is your favorite distance to run and why?
5k, because it’s competitive and requires both endurance and speed

What is your favorite quote?
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford

What is your favorite sport (other than running, of course)?
Freediving/spear fishing


Anissa Angelosante
Anissa recently relocated to Arizona with her husband. She is originally from Marble Falls, Texas, and attended college at Oklahoma State where she ran track and cross country and majored in nutrition with an emphasis in exercise science. She is a volunteer track and cross country coach at GCU and enjoys working with Sole Sports customers and hearing their unique stories.

Explain your craziest run you’ve gone on?
Once in high school the cross country team and I dressed up as aliens wearing tin foil hats and did our workout in our alien costumes.

What is one place you would like to travel to and why?
Ireland, because it is so green!

What is your favorite quote?
“Every passion has its destiny.” –Billy mills

Do you have any pets?
Yes, a pug named Samson


Brent Szymkowski
Brent is currently a student at ASU aiming for a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History. He Began running track in middle school, ran cross country and track throughout high school and continued on to run at Scottsdale Community College. He enjoys being in a position at Sole Sports where he can assist people in achieving their running and fitness goals.

What is your favorite distance to run?
My favorite distance to run is the 5K. I loved racing it in high school and even to this day. 

Where do you see yourself five or 10 years from now?
Five to 10 years from now I see myself teaching high school students and coaching cross country, hopefully making a positive impact on the lives of my students. Or living in a van down by the river. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while running?
The biggest lesson I've learned through running is never to eat Taco Bell beforehand. Other than that, running has taught me to be committed as well as be disciplined in many areas of my life, not just running.


Colton Cave

Colton is currently attending Paradise Valley Community College for physiotherapy, and is part of the track and cross country teams. Running is his passion and he enjoys being able to come to work and continue the passion while sharing it with others. When not running or working at the store, Colton can be found hiking, biking swimming, camping… Basically, you can find him outdoors.

What is your favorite movie?
Anchor Man

What’s your favorite shoe to run in?
Saucony Cortana 2


Dan Cadriel
Dan is the head cross country coach at Northwest Christian High. He works his full-time job as the VP of Sales for United Healthcare, has been married for 23 years and is the father of three boys. Dan had a late start to running, entering the sport post-college and quickly gravitated towards the longer distances and triathlon. He is a board member and elite athlete with One Multisport Triathlon Club, and knows just about every customer who walks through the doors at the Glendale store.

What is your dream race to run?
The New York marathon because it falls close to my birthday.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Boston—I’ve been able to run the Boston Marathon several times in a city I love.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would love to fly and get to where I wanted to without traffic.


Danica Ganje
An Arizona native, Danica graduated from Corona del Sol High School and is currently attending ASU, aiming to become a physical therapist. She enjoys the working atmosphere at Sole Sports and talking with all kinds of people. 

What is your dream race to run?
A trail run in New Zealand. 

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
To remember everything I read. That way I'll remember all the encouragement in the bible, and I'd also never have to study for tests that hard! 

What is your favorite quote?
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." –C.S Lewis

What did you want be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be Pocahontas when I was little. I loved to pretend as I adventured around the wild in my backyard. 


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


Irving Lopez
At North Canyon High School, Irving’s math teacher and the school’s cross country coach, showed his class the cross country shirt and said that if anyone wanted it they would have to join the team. That’s all it took and he has been running ever since. Irving is currently attending Paradise Valley Community College, on track for nursing school, and enjoys being part of a company that helps customers better their lives by staying fit and healthy.

What is your favorite trail to run here in the Valley?
North Mountain because it’s super steep and everyone thinks you’re crazy when you run it.

What is your dream race to run?
Western States 100 (thanks to the book Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes)

Hobbies other than running?
Going to car shows, cruising in his mustang and managing his Prosche 959 Facebook page, that has 3,200+ likes.


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!


Jen Dzezinski
Jen worked as an adult probation and parole office in Central Pennsylvania before moving to Arizona with her husband in December 2012. She enjoys the trails in Arizona, has run 5ks 10ks and two half marathons and is currently training for a full. She has quickly become a main staple leading out Glendale group runs.

What is your favorite TV show?
“Cupcake Wars”

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Invisibility

Which professional and/or college teams do you follow?
Penn State everything! Redskins for pro football.


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


Joe Micheli

Joe fell into the sport of running later in life after moving into his own house and losing the free apartment gym access. A few runs on the greenbelt and he was hooked. Born and raised in Colorado, Joe went to college in Chicago for design before landing in Arizona. He is newly married to Sole Sports co-worker Melissa and enjoys talking about running for a living.

What is your favorite trail to run here in the Valley?
I live next to Usery Mountain Preserve and do Pass Mountain a lot. From all the different trails I’ve run it’s my favorite, but that could be because I live six miles away.

What did you want be when you were a kid?
A cartoonist, I loved to draw and that’s all I wanted to do.

What has your best Halloween costume been?
I was Indiana Jones one year, bullwhip and all! I was about 10 or 11, grew up in a small Colorado town with horses and it wasn’t uncommon for 10-year-olds to have a bullwhip!

If you could be any animal, what would it be any why?
A bear, ask me and I’ll tell you the whole story sometime!


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”



Kauren Tarver
Kauren began an early running career and, in high school, she qualified for the USA Jr. Championships in Japan and the Jr. PAN American games in Brazil. In addition to running, she is a big fan of watching and playing soccer and tennis. Kauren is currently working on getting my masters at ASU for Social Work, and enjoys working at a place where everyone shares a common interest—running! She says a lot of different personalities and experiences make working at Sole Sports a fun place to be.

Explain your craziest run you’ve gone on?
I raced in Florida when I was in high school and, in the middle of the 6k race, there was giant snake crossing our path. We were running downhill fast and had to hurdle it while not freaking out. I am not a snake person, so I was not OK with this. 

What is one place you would like to live for a while and why?
I would love to live in Hawaii for a while. I think it would be awesome to be able to go the beach whenever I wanted to and be able to claim my home as a popular vacationing spot.

What is your favorite movie?
“Tommy Boy”


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.


Maggie Jackson
Maggie is following in her brother’s footsteps working for Sole Sports. She attends Corona del Sol High School and is on the volleyball and softball teams, hoping to play softball at an out-of-state college. Running is in her family and she enjoys the sport as a way to de-stress. She loves being able to help someone find the right shoe and potentially protect them from injuries.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while running?
Don’t go running alone late at night!

Who is your role model?
My brother

What is one of your hobbies outside of running?
Painting


Magi Redlich
Magi is an Arizona native who grew up running the trails while her mom rode horseback. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpting from University of Arizona and is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in nursing. Magi enjoys promoting a sport she loves while working at Sole Sports and sees the Sole Sports team as family.

What has been your favorite race you have run?
Prescott Man against Horse, it's a true-grit cowboy race with more attention on the horses than the runners. It runs over beautiful trails and has a gracious atmosphere.

Do you have any pets?
No pets, but I do have two awesome little kids that amaze me every day.

What are your hobbies other than running?
Baking unique cakes, painting, sewing—I guess creating stuff in general!


Makena Seymour
Makena is a Phoenix native and grew up running cross country in middle school and part of high school. She enjoys working with her co-workers at Sole Sports and the running enthusiasts who come in. She is a fan of country music and owns a pet bunny named Bunny.

What has been your favorite race you have run?
America’s Finest in California

What are your favorite TV shows?
Breaking Bad and Grays Anatomy

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
To fly


Mallory Hayhurst
Mallory is a senior at Corona del Sol High School with plans to attend ASU in the fall, majoring in political science and communications. She has been running track and cross country since sixth grade, competing as a hurdler and on the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. She enjoys getting to know her coworkers who come from all different backgrounds and the unique atmosphere of Sole Sports. 

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
My favorite vacation place to travel is the east coast, especially NYC.

What are your hobbies other than running?
I am an outdoors person and enjoy snow skiing, hiking and waterskiing and will be joining ASU's collegiate waterskiing team next fall

Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel named Moose and a Golden Retriever named Barkley! They are my favorite running companions. I also own a six-foot-long, red-tailed boa named Lucy! 


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


Mason Kuluris
Running since she was eight years old, Mason is currently attending Corona del Sol High School where she plays on the lacrosse team. She has a boa constrictor, a tarantula and a bearded dragon for pets and hopes to become a wildlife biologist. At Sole Sports, she enjoys meeting new people and helping them learn about a sport she is passionate about.

What is one place you would like to travel to and why?
Brazil, because it is so beautiful and the culture is amazing.

What’s your favorite shoe to run in?
I love five finger Vibrams.

What has your best Halloween costume been?
I was a Coyote when I was five years old.

What is your favorite book?
East of Edan by John Steinbeck


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.


Nick Marcus
Nick is a native to Arizona and is currently attending ASU. He ran cross country from seventh grade to senior year of high school, as well as track for most of those years. He describes Sole Sports as a small family with a common interest of running. It is a place he enjoys being part of, and views the social interaction the job offers as a nice break from his mechanical engineering studies.

What is your favorite trail to run here in the Valley?
Fat Man's Pass in the midst of South Mountain. It's a trek to get there, but it's worth it. Great run and great scenery.

What is one place you would like to travel to and why?
Patagonia. I want to explore and adventure, climb the mountains, run/bike the valleys and hills, swim and kayak the lakes and oceans and enjoy what nature has to offer.

What is your favorite sport (other than running, of course)?
Ultimate Frisbee is now my go-to sport. It's funny—our coach in high school actually introduced us to it.


Nicholas Wirski
Long Island born and raised, Nick moved to Arizona with his family in 2008 and has enjoyed the training weather ever since. He is a pre-med student at ASU and participates on the club triathlon team. He began working at Sole Sports in 2012 and enjoys being able to help people in a good and fun work environment.

What has been your favorite race you have run?
Any race I feel I’ve done the best that I possibly could have.

Where do you see yourself in five years? How about 10?
In five years, in med school and in ten years doing a residency somewhere.

What is your favorite pre-race or post-race meal?
Pre-race Poptarts, post-race beers


Rhet Stinson
Rhet StinsonRhet began running after graduating from ASU with his Bachelor’s in electrical engineering and Master’s in physics in 2004. He quickly migrated through the distances—half marathon, marathon, triathlon, trail and ultras. Rhet is a regular group run leader at our Tempe location. He is enjoying working with his fellow Sole Sports employees and meeting and getting to know the Arizona running community.

What has been your favorite race you have run? 
I think my favorite race would have to be the Zane Grey 50 miler up near the Mogollon Rim outside of Payson. It's a 50-mile race, running from just south of Pine to just east of a town called Christopher Creek. It follows the extremely hilly and treacherous Highline Trail that has been around for more than 100 years. It's considered one of the toughest 50 milers around and it definitely felt that way. It was physically and mentally challenging and I felt it was a huge accomplishment to cross the finish line.

What is your favorite trail to run here in the Valley? 
South Mountain Park

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to? 
I was lucky enough to have spent a month in Nepal, trekking my way through the Himalayas. It was an absolutely incredible experience!


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.


Terri Antonino
Terri has been a runner since grade school. She enjoys competing in every distance on any kind of terrain, but her favorite is the marathon. She enjoys sharing a common passion for running with the customers at Sole Sports. She says seeing them get excited about their training or racing, gets her excited for them. Terri also enjoys weight lifting, hiking, cooking and wine consuming.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while running?
I've learned that I need that one-on-one time with me. Running gives me the opportunity to process, problem solve, and regroup—time I typically don't take during the hustle and bustle of the day. 

What’s your favorite shoe to run in?
Brooks Ravenna

What is your favorite book?
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom