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. Lance has never finished an Ironman north of 10 hours (he's at 20 and counting) and boasts a PR of 8:45 at Ironman Australia in 2002. He's also raced Ironman Hawaii 11 consecutive years and has had a hat trick in claiming podium spots when he was an age grouper. 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 operations. Sometimes he wonders if he's more of a computer scientist than a shoe salesman. Nevertheless, Lance is passionate about fitting customers into their ideal shoes and offering up his wealth of knowledge and wisdom for all things running and triathlon on a daily basis.
Karen is Sole Sports' Apparel Specialist. From Asics to Skirt Sports apparel, Karen will help you find the best and cutest combo to suit your running and style needs.
Need triathlon advice? Ask the pro! A professional triathlete, Katie is a dominating presence on the tri stage. She swims, she cycles but mostly, she runs, and fast. In 2007, Katie competed at the Olympic Distance World Triathlon Championship in Germany, placing 3rd overall. She also won Best of the US in 2007 in Florida. Katie has competed at the World Championship Ironman in Kona. A graduate from ASU with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, she knows how to apply the science of running and performance to everybody. Katie is always smiling and really has a passion for endurance sports. She is an incredible resource for things that swim, bike and run.
Emmet is the friendly face that leads the group runs at Sole Sports. Need a good laugh? Emmet always has a story that will elicit laughter or make the run go by faster. He is an experienced trail runner and can point you in the right direction if you're looking for a new trail to run in Phoenix. In-store, Emmet will ensure that you have a fun experience when finding the right shoe for you.
World-Ranked Masters Track Runner. Competitive runner & hurdler for 23 years, coach for 19. The coordinator for team and club sales, Clinton "Flash" Santoro deals with many the aspects of marketing, planning and outreach for all three stores for cross country, track, volleyball and more. He is also the liaison and in-store contact for coaches for those disciplines as well.
Highlights of his career include: National Masters Champion in outdoor track in 3,000 meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters. Indoor track National Masters Champion in 3,000 meters. Finished twelfth in the world in 2011 for Masters 3,000m steeplechase (10:50) and sixth in the world for Masters 10,000 meters. Flash boasts personal bests of 1:59 for the half mile, 4:08 for the metric mile, 8:56 for the 2 mile run and 15:27 for the 5K. He has covered the 1/2 marathon distance in 1 hour, 14 minutes.
Dan is a native of Phoenix AZ and is celebrating his 30th year running and his 25th year in the sport of Triathlon in 2012. His Marathon PR is 2:58:56 and has ran Boston 3 times. He plans on his 10th consecutive P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Full Marathon in January 2013. His main focus is Triathlon and is a 5 time USA Triathlon All-American and 5 time Ironman Finisher. He has been married to Cristette for 22 years and has three sons, Andrew, Nathan and Matthew. He loves being involved in the local Multisport Community and is deemed the "Mayor of Triathlon".
Terri started running when she was 7 years old and continued through high school. She then took 15 years off and didn't start running again until she was 34. Since then she's raced a plethora of races of all distances and has qualified and raced Boston multiple times. Terri loves being involved in the local running community so when she's not working at Sole Sports or racing, you'll likely find her volunteering, running or cheering for friends in local races and events throughout Arizona.
Melissa spent 10 years working at universities in the field of sports medicine, and has extensive experience working with athletes. She brings knowledge, personality and an Oklahoma accent to the team. She enjoys daily runs and plays competitive soccer.
A valley native, and former runner for Corona Del Sol High School, Danica is now a second-year Kinesiology major at Arizona State University. After college, she hopes to help others by becoming a Physical Therapist. Of course, that isn't surprising to anyone at Sole Sports, because Danica may just be the nicest person that any of us has ever met! When you meet her, there is no doubt you'll agree!
Jared, along with Jimmy, continue to bring Sole Sports some local talent from nearby Corona del Sol High School. Jared is a motivated athlete whose desire is to bring home a state championship.
Started running in 7th grade for the first time and ended up going to conference with the varsity team. He continued to run as he went to high school and ran at state with the varsity team as a freshman. Trying to take his running to the next level he did his first triathlon in 2007 and now is a competitive triathlete who you will often see on the road in a pair of running shoes or on a set of wheels riding through the valley.
Irving is student at North Canyon High School where he competes for both the Track & Cross Country teams. After high school, he plans to continue his running career in college while pursuing a degree related to exercise science or sports medicine. Like so many of his co-workers at Sole Sports, he shares a great love for the sport of running!
Sean is an avid endurance athlete that truly lives and breathes the multisport lifestyle. When not working at Sole Sports, Sean is producing, volunteering, or racing nearly every local multisport event. He picked up the running bug while attending ASU where he was a member of the ASU Triathlon Team. While studying Kinesiology and Biomechanics at ASU, Sean found time to train for and complete Ironman Arizona. Since then, Sean has added another Ironman to his resume, along with 2 Marathons, 2 Ultra-Marathons, and dozens of Sprint and Olympic Triathlons. Don't let this little guy fool you, between his knowledge, experience, and self-proclaimed good looks, Sean can make you laugh and help you find the perfect shoe!
Both an artist and athlete, Joe brings a truckload of talent to many areas of the team. As someone who used to be overweight until he completely changed his life, Joe can honestly relate to the couch potato eager to get up and start running. Since 2007, Joe has transformed himself into a competitive athlete who races all distances including marathons but truly excels in the 5k.
Rhet is the store's mountain goat. When he's not leading group runs, you can find him out on one of Phoenix's many trails. For Rhet, the longer the run, the better. If you need the ultimate expertise in nutrition to prepare for your upcoming long distance race or run, ask Rhet. He has sampled just about everything Sole Sports carries on his 5 hour runs.
Matt is currently running for Paradise Valley Community College. He has spent a large amount of his time in physical therapy, and can offer some great advice on how to avoid small setbacks and injuries. You would not be surprised if you found him doing some sort of stretch or exercise with a customer, as he is always willing to share his knowledge. He is a recent graduate of Corona del Sol High School, where the cross country team became the State Runners' Up in 2009. He is the 2010 3200m State Champion.
Cristin Van Driel
Need some inspiration? Have a question on injury rehab or finding the perfect shoe? Cristin mostly likely can provide some insight and motivation. Cristin has overcome a traumatic cycling accident that left her temporarily paralyzed with spinal fractures, broken ribs, head trauma, and a fractured ankle; since then she has undergone 3 major spine surgeries where screws, rods, and plates were put in to stabilize her spine. Since the first of the three surgeries in Jan. 2010, Cristin has run 4 marathons adding to the 3 marathons she ran before surgery and has qualified for the Boston Marathon with a 3:16. This past April, one year out of the last spine surgery, Cristin ran the Boston Marathon and proved to everyone that the body can achieve more than the mind can conceive. Cristin finds greater happiness helping runners and walkers of all levels accomplish their goals; speaking to groups on overcoming adversity and believing in oneself. When Cristin is not running she enjoys tennis, riding her single speed bike, chilling out in the pool, and enjoying a great glass of wine with friends overlooking the mountains. Stop in and chat about all things running and how much running can change one’s life.
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeremy decided in early 2011 to trade the brutal Ohio winters for the Arizona sunshine. As a competitive roadracer & marathoner, the move has proven to be a great decision as it has allowed him to train far more effectively toward his running goals. With a running career that spans more than 20 years--including high school, College, and now roadracing--he definitely brings a lot of running experience to the store. He is patient, and will work with you to find the right shoe no matter how long it takes! Jeremy was the winner of Pat's Run in 2011.