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Every employee at the Runners Forum is a participant athlete. Their experience is your benefit and enables them to give you more than just product information provided by the manufacturer.

Their diverse background of professional expertise and accreditations are unmatched! Registered Dietician, Cardiology Nurse, M.S. Exercise Physiology, B.S. Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology, P.E. Teacher, Track & Cross Country Coaches, the list goes on and they all work in our stores where their experience can benefit you everyday!

Our specialized training programs coupled with the employees' hands on experience is why The Runners Forum staff have been considered experts for more than 33 years! Whether you are new to running, walking and endurance sports, or looking to take your performance to a new level, the experienced employees at the Runners Forum are excited and willing to answer any question you might have.

Tom BonDurantTom BonDurant

Tom joined the Runners Forum team in 2008 as co-owner. Tom has been a running enthusiast for more than 30 years and enjoys competing in events from 5k to marathon distance. While attending IU, Tom rode Little 500 and has spent 20+ years racing bicycles, prefering hilly road races. After several years of cheering on his wife Sharon and partner Smitty at triathlons, Tom took the plunge and has enjoyed the challenge and benefits of being a multi-sport athlete; in 2010 he completed Ironman Louisville. Tom loves animals. His dog Mia is often at the store where she greets people and brings a smile to the faces of Runners Forum customers.

Favorite Quote: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford

Michale "Smitty" SmithMichael "Smitty" Smith

Smitty, co-owner of The Runners Forum since 2004, continues to be one of the best Triathletes in the midwest. World 70.3 age group Champion 2008, in Clearwater Florida (45-49, 2X-Mideast Triathlon Championship - Winner, 4x Hawaii Ironman Finisher and consistent top 20 finisher in Mini-Marathon. Smitty, along with the other owners, actually works in the store and you'll find him helping customers just like you. Come visit Smitty and get the "perfect" fit. Mike runs TriSmitty, a personalized training program for triathletes and duathletes. He graduated from Indiana University in 1984. Mike and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Rachel and Taylor.

Favorite Quote: “Winners do what losers don't want to do...”

Alan HemmelgarnAdam Lang

Adam joined the Runner’s Forum team in January of 2013. A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2011. While at Stevens Point, Adam was a 4-time NCAA All-American in the 2009 and 2010 outdoor 800 meters, 2010 indoor 4x4 relay and national champion DMR (Distance Medley Relay) team. Afterwards, Adam was head cross country coach at Lynchburg College in Virginia. Currently, Adam runs for the Wright Distance Project, a professional middle distance track team in Indianapolis. His PR’s include a 47.9 400 and 1:50.03 800. In his spare time Adam likes to sleep, eat, run, and play the occasional video game.

Favorite Quote:"It is not never failing that measures greatness, it’s about how many times one can get knocked down and keep getting back up. One of my favorite verses in the Bible says, “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” I have fallen many, many times throughout my career and I haven’t always been able to pop back up right away but somehow, through the grace of God, I have found a way to get back up. That’s where I am now, stumbling back onto my feet." - Ryan Hall

Alan HemmelgarnAlan Hemmelgarn

Alan joined the Runners Forum in February of 2011. Since graduating from Ball State in ’05, he has been a substitute teacher and a track and cross country coach. While at Ball State he was a member of the cross country and track teams, and continues to train for races of varying lengths. This winter Alan has gotten re-invigorated about the sport, his own training, and is excited about what his future in the sport holds for him.

Favorite Quote: “One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.” - Einstein

Ali Felix Ali Newby

Ali joined the Runners Forum team in the summer of 2010. She graduated from Purdue University in May 2009 with a degree in Movement and Sports Science. Ali has participated in a variety of sports throughout her life, including basketball, volleyball, and track. Her inspiration for running comes from her dad, who has been a runner for most of his life. She is also an aspiring triathlete, having competed in her first races this summer, and is excited to see where the sport will take her. In her spare time, Ali enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Favorite Quote: “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” - Lowell Thomas

Andie Flanagan Andie Flanagan

Recently relocated from Columbus, Ohio, Andie brings a diverse background in fitness and exercise to The Runners Forum. As a former nationally qualified competitive bodybuilder and a high school swim conditioning coach; she often used cycling to compliment her conditioning. But cycling soon became more than complimentary. So much so that she decided to step away from intensive weight training to focus on training as a triathlete where she quickly progressed to the half ironman (70.3) distance. She also enjoys long distance cycling and ultra relay racing. Her diverse fitness background also allows her to enjoy trail running, kayaking, and has a strong appreciation for nature. Her goal is to complete at least one full Ironman distance race.

Interests include spending time with her husband, daughter and dog. She is passionate about health, wellness, nutrition, and researching allergen free nutrition alternatives to assist with her own food allergies. She feels that exercise is the mental “fountain of youth”.

Favorite Quote: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face……..Do the thing you think you can not do. “ – Eleanor Roosevelt

Adam Sanborn Adam Sanborn

Adam graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. While at IU Adam was an intern for IU Athletics acting as a strength and conditioning coach for the track, soccer, and swimming teams. After graduation from IU, and teaching physical education for a few years, Adam took advantage of the opportunity to join the Runners Forum. Adam is the Manager for the Runners Forum and spends his time organizing team member training, overseeing daily store operations, managing store merchandise orders, and teaching Good Form Running. Adam’s experience comes from numerous triathlon and adventure races, his professional college degree, as well as his self driven interest in the field. Adam has also competed in several marathons and most recently completed his first 50K ultra-marathon and Ironman triathlon. In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, running with his dog, mountain biking, and going to the lake.

Favorite Quote: “You get out what you put in.” - Ancient Sanborn Proverb

Josh Puccenelli Becky Belding

Becky graduated Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. She raced cross country and the 10,000 meter race for the Rock. She currently is attending the University of Indianapolis pursing her Doctorates in Physical Therapy. Becky enjoys reading, baking, watching Ohio State games, and spending time with her family.

Favorite Quote: "When you feel like you're 'drowning' in life's situations, don't worry. Your life guard walks on water." ~ unknown

Chad GleiserChad Gleiser

Chad joined the Runners Forum in 2013. In high school and college he played soccer and basketball, so he always associated running with punishment. As is the case for many collegiate athletes, after school was out he found it difficult to find time to exercise. A friend challenged him to sign up for a 5k race in 2011. He took the challenge and has been hooked on running ever since. He currently trains for both half and full marathons. The Good Form Running classes that the Runners Forum offers revolutionized his training methods, and he now enjoys being one of the instructors of that class. "Don't fall in love with the result, fall in love with running" is a phrase he loves to share with new runners.

In his spare time, Chad loves to play with his four awesome kids. He is also very active in his church and has spent several years as a volunteer chaplain for his county.

Favorite Quote: “God is most glorified in you, when you are most satisfied in Him.” –John Piper

Dave FleckDave Fleck

Dave Fleck hails from Indianapolis where he ran as a Bear for Lawrence Central. Like Forrest Gump, Dave never stopped running as he competed for the Indiana State Sycamores in college and then went on to race the all-time greats of Indy, like Chuck Koeppen, Bill Gavagan, Rudy Chappa, and Dean Behrmann.

Dave currently resides in Fishers, Indiana and enjoys spending his time listening to conservative talk radio (WIBC), eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and drinking Arnold Palmer. Beware… Dave has a tendency to get carried away while talking about his passion, Indiana high school distance running, and how back in the day runner’s trained on their own during summer breaks, because you could not work out in an organized team practice. You can catch Dave at his quietest every Friday night on his Steak ‘N Shake run.

Favorite Quote: “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.” –Steve Prefontaine

Denise Glidden

Denise Glidden recently joined the Runner's Forum. Denise lives in Greenwood with her husband and two daughters and has been running since she was 12 years old. She ran cross country and track in middle and high school in Whiteland. Denise graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a degree in dental hygiene and works as a dental hygienist 3 days a week. Denise is a fitness instructor at The Gathering Place in Greenwood and has been active in the fitness industry for many years. In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and helping out with her daughter's cross country team at Greenwood Middle School. Denise has run 9 half marathons and is now training to run the Monumental Full marathon.

Favorite Quote:"If it does not challenge you, it does not change you." ---Fred DeVito

Dusty Rhode

Dusty joined the Runners Forum team in July of 2014, shortly after graduating from Indiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He came to us with 4 years of experience working in Running Specialty and was quick to begin his new role as our Greenwood store manager. Growing up in the Northeast, Dusty has been playing soccer his entire life, but it wasn't until 2012 during a 12k Extreme Trail race, that he found his passion for off-road running. His favorite races involve challenging obstacles and getting extremely dirty. When not at the Runners Forum, you can usually find him running around Greenwood or taking his dog to Freedom Park.

Favorite Quote:"Wise men say: 'forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza!'" ---Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Erica Ridderman

Erica joined the Runners Forum in the fall of 2014, after graduating from Indiana University. While at IU she studied philosophy and history, ate pizza at Mother Bear's, and ran on the cross country and track and field teams (competing in everything from the mile to the 10k).  She's been running on a team since the 5th grade and is now looking forward to participating in the wider running community. When not running, you can find Erica tutoring awesome kids at a local high school, spending time with family in town, and cheering on the Hoosiers.

Favorite Quote: "If you do something out of duty it will deplete you, but if you do something out of love it will energize you. – Mother Teresa

Jake Plummer Jake Plummer

Jake is a former swimmer, cross country and track runner who has recently discovered his passion for the triathlon. Jake competes in various distances of road races and triathlons including his favorite distance, the half-ironman. You can find him in the store helping others make the transition from running to multisport, typically on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

Favorite Quote: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” - Bill Bowerman

Jason Jones Jason Jones

Jason joins the Runners Forum team after growing up running the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeast Ohio and West Virginia. Having run for over 22 years, he has experience in a wide variety of events from a 5k to the marathon and beyond. If you ever want to see Jason get excited, stop by the Downtown Indianapolis Store and simply bring up one of his passions: trail running and natural running form. Jason and his wife Heather live steps from the Monon Trail in Indianapolis with their son Emmitt and their dog Ellie Mae.

Favorite Quote: "Keep on keeping on." Gary Prater

Jason Tucker Jason Tucker-Ramer

Jason has been a team member at Runners Forum since March of 2012. Jason graduated from Ball State in 2005 with a degree in Physical Education. He also has a Masters Degree in Sport Administration. Jason has a variety of experience in the sporting world including teaching, coaching, and event management. In 2010, Jason decided to make a change to better himself and has found a passion for running and multi-sport. Jason enjoys training for triathlons especially the full Ironman distance. When not training, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife traveling and being outside as much as possible.

Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

Jesse DavisJesse Davis

Jesse joined the Runners Forum team at the beginning of 2014, but has worked in running specialty for over six years. He is an avid runner and has competed in every distance from 100 meters to Ultra Marathons. Most people would tell you his biggest achievement was making the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials but he would say it was coaching his wife to her first marathon in a time of 5 hours 18 min. He has a passion for connecting runners and walkers with the tools they need to be successful, and is willing to take the time needed to do the job right.

Favorite Quote: “One step, one yard, one mile at a time, all the way to the finish!”

Kelsey Devereaux

Kelsey joined the Runners Forum team in January of 2014, but has worked in running specialty since the summer of 2011. She ran Cross Country and Track & Field in college at Indiana Wesleyan University and ran competitively for a couple years after college in marathons and half marathons. She has recently discovered her passion for cycling and has merged into the world of long course triathlons. When not training she enjoys being outdoors, playing ultimate frisbee, hanging out with friends, mountain biking, and relaxing. She also loves coaching and helping people accomplish their goals!

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Kettie MotherseadKettie Mothersead

Kettie started running at age 10 and her passion for the sport took off when she began running cross country in high school. Kettie has participated in events from 5k to marathon distance and has also participated in triathlons up to half Ironman distance. Her current goal is to run a marathon in each state and is often seen running through the neighborhoods in Avon where she trains. Kettie coaches the Junior Runners (4th-6th graders) program in the spring and in the fall she coaches the Avon Middle School South Cross Country team. When not out running, she’s cheering on her son Colin at the pool, her daughter Kelsie on the Cross Country and track teams and her son Cameron in whatever activities he is in to. With her love of fitness and helping others attain their fitness goals, Kettie realized that joining the Runners Forum would be right down her alley. Kettie says “Stop on by and let’s talk!”

Favorite Quote: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step!”

Kettie MotherseadKristen Dalton

Kristen joined the Runners Forum team in August of 2013. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she participated in the Little 500. She began her running career in the winter of 2011 when she trained for her first half marathon. When not at the Runners Forum, Kristen loves to watch her two daughters run cross country and track at Carmel High School and Middle School, cheer on her beloved Colts and hang out with her awesome husband, Andy.

Favorite Quote:"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." Jom Rohn

Lily SendekLily Sendek

Lily joined Runner's Forum in December, 2013. Lily has over 4 years of experience working in the specialty running field and loves helping new and experienced athletes alike. Lily graduated from Purdue University in 1993 where she was a coxswain on the Crew. After college, Lily married her husband Kurt and lived in Bethlehem, PA where they both earned their graduate degrees from Lehigh University. Lily is an experienced half and full marathoner, having run the Indianapolis Monumental either in the full or half since its inception. In her spare time, Lily is obsessed with watching the Colts and Pacers (her family in Chicago thinks she's a trader). Lily also enjoys going home to the north side of Chicago to visit family. Lily loves spending breaks and summer vacation in Jupiter, Florida, running, surfing and just enjoying the beach with her husband, and children, Michael (14) and Hannah (12). Lily also has a dog, Bri who seems to have everyone wrapped around her little paws.

Favorite Quote:"If you have a bagel in the freezer, you have a meal." Nubby....Lily's 85 year old father

Kettie MotherseadLynne Bir

Lynne joined the Runners Forum team in January of 2013. She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 7. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Lynne was a 4 time All-American Swimmer. Currently, she still swims with the Indy Aquatic Masters swim team. In the past few years, Lynne has enjoyed participating in triathlons - mostly sticking with the sprint and olympic distance triathlons. She graduated from Indiana University in 1993. Lynne has 3 daugthers and enjoys watching her girls participate in their various activites.

Favorite Quote: “Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Joshua Marine

MalloryMallory

Mallory joined the Runners Forum team in the fall of 2014. She has participated in a variety sports throughout her life, including basketball, volleyball, swimming, cross country, and track. Mallory enjoys participating in various lengths of races, with the half marathon being her favorite. In addition to her duties at Runner's Forum, Mallory also teaches English and coaches cross country at Bishop Chatard High School. In her free time, Mallory enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

Favorite Quote:"Nothing will work unless you do." -John Wooden

Mason WebbMason Webb

Mason joined the Runners Forum team in September 2013. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics. Mason was a member of the IWU cross country and track teams where he competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Mason gets his running inspiration from his Grandfather, Jim Webb, who was a life long runner and cross-country national champion for Roberts Wesleyan University. In his free time, Mason enjoys spending time with his wife, playing with their dog, golfing, and going to the lake.

Favorite Quote:“Yet those who put their hope in the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Matt WireMatt Wire

Matt is a graduate of Indiana University where he earned a BA in Political Science and is also a licensed Secondary Social Studies teacher. In addition to his duties here at The Runner’s Forum, where he began in February of 2013, he also works as a Wellness Instructor at the Fishers and Indy Bike Hub YMCA’s and as a Varsity Assistant Girl’s Cross Country Coach at Carmel High School.

Though Matt enjoys running and cycling (extreme commuting) and the “process” of training, he rarely competes, choosing instead to live vicariously through the athletes he coaches. In thirteen years as either a head coach or assistant coach at the high school level, Matt’s teams have competed in the state championship meet in 12 of 13 years with 3 sixth place finishes, 1 fourth place finish, 1 third place finish, 2 runner-up finishes and 5 State Championships!

As Co-Director for the Indiana All Star Running Club, Matt has also coached boys and girls Junior Olympic Cross Country teams since 1999, in addition to organizing and promoting the annual Middle School State Cross Country Championship, the largest event of its kind in the nation.

Matt is married to the love of his life, Kelly, who is also an assistant girls cross country coach at Carmel. They enjoy a very active lifestyle involving the outdoors and travelling as often as their busy schedule allows.

Favorite Quote:“We will either find a way or make one.” Hannibal

Noah DroddyNoah Droddy

Noah is a recent graduate of DePauw University where he studied Communications and competed in Cross-Country and Track for the Tigers. After spending several months in Chicago after graduation, Noah returned to his hometown of Indianapolis. He has since joined up with the Wright Distance Project, an elite track group based in Crawfordsville. When he’s not running, or slipping shoes on your feet, Noah enjoys reading, writing, playing music, and planning the next adventure.

Favorite quote: "One does not simply walk into Mordor." Lord of the Rings
Paul CummingsPaul Cummings

Paul graduated in May 2010 from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. In 2010 he helped coordinate the inaugural Southern Indiana Classic Marathon & Half-Marathon in Evansville, IN. Paul has been involved in running since his middle school years, competing in college for a time period. Using his exercise science background he was a self-taught, collegiate javelin thrower. To this day he still enjoys running. Recently, Paul has taken up cycling with the intent to enjoy another form of exercise and to start doing triathlons with his wife. Paul loves his wife and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her. He is an avid reader and enjoys spending time each day reading the Bible and theology books. If he's not exercising, working or spending time with his wife, most likely Paul has his nose in a book.

Favorite quote: "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1
Steve HuckstepShea Hill

Shea graduated from Ball State in his hometown of Muncie with a Bachelor's degree in Excercise Science. He returned to BSU Grad School to obtain his teaching licenses in Health, Physical Education, and English as a second language. Currently he teaches ESL for Muncie Community Schools where he is also the head soccer coach, head diving coach and assistant swim coach for Muncie Central High School.

Outside of teaching and coaching, Shea is enjoying spending more and more time at Runners Forum. He turned his strong swimming background into a strength as he began focusing on triathlons in 2006. His favorite races to this point are of the 70.3 distance. He continues to train and race in various distances, often with his wife Christina, who is an accomplished triathlete herself. Shea is also an avid soccer fan. He is a member of the Brickyard Battalion, which led the efforts in bringing a professional soccer team to Indianapolis. He is also the founder of a group The Muncie Militia, which is an affiliate of the BYB. Shea's other interests include playing music, surfing or just going to the lake, and spending time with his athletes, coworkers or his family.

Favorite quote:"Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden which clings so closely, and run with the endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1
Steve HuckstepSherri Hunt

Sherri joined the Runner’s Forum in September 2013. She has been running since age 13 when she joined the school cross country team. Originally from Minnesota, she has lived in the Indianapolis area since graduating from Purdue University. Sherri enjoys participating in various lengths of races from 5K to half-marathons, with the 8K becoming a favorite. She enjoys being involved in the community through local events and find the best part is the support from other athletes. Sherri and her husband Jeff live in Carmel and make running/fitness a family affair with their 2 sons, Colton & Tyler. She finds training so much easier with the support and encouragement of her family.

In her spare time, you can find Sherri spending time with family, chauffeuring the boys to various activities, volunteering at school and figure skating.

Favorite quote:"It’s a Choice!"
Steve HuckstepSteve "Huck" Huckstep

Huck joined The Runners Forum in 2013 after retiring from Eli Lilly in March of 2012. After a long basketball career, Huck decided to take up running and became a veteran of 36 1/2 marathons, 8 full marathons, and 2 1/2 Ironman Triathlons. He helped carry the 1996 Olympic Torch to Atlanta. Huck spent 15 years training participants to run the Indianapolis mini marathon, and is currently the head basketball coach at Plainfield Middle School. One of his biggest passions is taking & leading Mission trips. One of his future goals is to ride his bike across the United States.

Favorite quote:"Stay Faithful, and Finsih Strong."
SteveSteve

Steve started working at our Broad Ripple location when it opened, in 2014. A native of Detroit, he moved to Indy in 2011. He has been working in the specialty running field since 2005 and was one of the first people to teach good form running. Steve is back in school at IUPUI working on a degree in Secondary English Education. He enjoys bike commuting, running, reading, and the oxford comma. Steve lives in Broad Ripple, where he can be seen walking his dog.

Favorite quote: “Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness, and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy… Or they become legend.”—Jim Harrison

Tito Medrano

Tito graduated from Syracuse University during the spring in 2013. While racing for the Orange, he was an All American in cross country and the 10k in track. He also was a 2 time Big East 10k champion and qualified for the World Cross Country Championships for Team USA. Upon graduating, he moved to Bloomington, IN to join Team Indiana Elite, a professional training group. Recently, Tito moved up to Indianapolis and is currently the assistant coach for the Avon Boy's Cross Country team and continues to compete for Team Indiana Elite. When he is not working at Runner's Forum, coaching, or training, you can find Tito sleeping or eating outrageous amounts of food

Favorite quote: "It's only after we lost everything that we're free to do anything" Tyler Durden

Vince GeorgescuVince Georgescu

Vince is a junior at the University of Indianapolis where he runs cross country, track, and studies exercise science in preparation for physical therapy while earning a Healthy Diploma®. After running all 8 seasons at Carmel High School for the great coaches Koeppen and Bell, Vince decided to continue his Greyhound career for another 4 years at UIndy. Vince is a veteran employee of the Forum having started in November of 2007. With 5 years of experience under his belt, only the monsters under his bed can scare him. During the school year, you’ll typically find Vince at the Carmel store on Sundays. In addition to many years of racing tri’s, the trails have become a particular favorite racing environment for Vince. Outside of the store, Vince enjoys climbing, napping, frisbee, nutrition, snipe hunting, and shoveling snow.

John "JB" BetzoldJohn "JB" Betzold

JB has been devoted to cycling since his years in high school.  A mechanic since 1983 and working in several area bicycle shops, JB was heavily involved in theLittle 500 (mens and women's races) while at IU, a USA Cycling Mechanic, and USA Triathalon Head Mechanic from 1990 to 2006. In addition, JB has been a race mechanic for many top caliber events including:

  • Pan American Games (1991)
  • Pre-Olympic Events (Barcelona 1991)
  • Triathlon World Championships (1992-2005)
  • Good Will Games (1990)

But wait...that's not all! JB has also been a race official for both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling. He now enjoys helping local riders with proper bike fits as well as providing a different resource for bicycle repairs.

Favorite quote: "Life's an adventure. Live it!"

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