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About Us

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 you 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 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

Alissa Ozlowski

I joined the Runner's Forum in 2015 as a part time employee. With a Carmel High School education, Alissa hopes to study and pursue a career in health sciences and physical therapy. She played tennis for her high school career at Carmel High School. When she is not on the tennis court she is usually outside running or spending time with her friends and family.



Ben Houston

A native of Bargersville, Indiana, Ben joined the Runner's Forum as manager of the Greenwood store in the fall of 2015 following the completion of his master's degree in history at Western Illinois University where he researched the social and commercial history of American endurance running and marathoning. Ben attended Manchester University from 2008-2012, where he earned his first degree in history. While at Manchester, Ben was part of a three-time conference champion cross country team and served as an alternate for Manchester's NCAA Division III national championship-qualifying cross country squad in 2011.

In addition to his competitive experience, Ben has served as a cross country and track coach at the middle school, high school and club-collegiate levels since 2009 and feels great satisfaction in helping all his athletes achieve their goals and better themselves. He continues to train and compete in local road and trail races and in addition to running, he enjoys reading, playing the occasional video game, and spending time with his wife and family in the Indy area.

Favorite Quote: “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”  ~ Moliere

Cristy Heissey

Cristy joined the Runners Forum part time in 2015 to be more engaged in the running community. She is a health and wellness coach and her and her husband Geoff have 4 children.  She also serves as a Carmel Runners Club board member and voluntees at local races as much as possible.  Her running addition began in 2010 when on a total whim she signed up for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon.  She has since ran many races ranging from 5k through a full Marathon with vision to push farther!   She enjoys reaching out to help new runners and learning all she can from the seasoned runners. 

Favorite Quote: “Believe that you will succeed, and you will”.  -Dale Carnegie


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

Emily Odle

Emily joined the Runners Forum in 2015, after graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Sociology with a Certificate in Social Research in Health and Medicine. During her time at IU she was an active varsity member of the IU Run Club and served as the Director of Fundraising and Marketing. In the fall of 2015, she will join the UIndy Greyhouds for a 5th year and will be pursuing a Masters in Public Health. Emily started her running career in 6th grade as well as joining the swim team at Southport High School. When she is not running, she is most likely reading, drinking craft beer, and planning road trips with her friends and teammates.

Favorite Quote: “Before I was born God chose me and called me by His marvelous grace." Galatians 1:15

Erik Barth

Erik joined the Runner’s Forum team in September of 2015. An army brat who has lived throughout the United States as well as Germany and South Korea, Erik graduated from Purdue University in 1996. He is an avid runner who enjoys racing in events ranging from 5K to marathon distance. Erik has also finished the Triple Bypass cycling race in Evergreen, Colorado. When he is not working or training, he loves to spend time with his 6 year old chocolate Labrador named Riley. Riley is a much better swimmer than Erik, by the way. He enjoys connecting with other runners, walkers and athletes that love the outdoors. Stop by and see him at our Broad Ripple, Fishers or Carmel stores.

Favorite Quote:  “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”


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

Jeremy Tidd

Jeremy started at the Runners Forum in September of 2015. He started running cross country and track in middle school along with swimming and competed in those thru high school. Swimming, being his forte, Jeremy went on to swim from his middle school years thru his first 2 years of college, and went on to coach the sport from middle school to the high school level.

He always had a dream to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, so in 2010 he decided to get involved in the Triathlon world. Since then Jeremy has qualified for age group nationals, has competed in multiple distances, including super sprint triathlons, sprint triathlons, olympic distance, and half ironman distance, but his goal, to be in Kona, remains. He hopes to complete his first full ironman in 2016.

Favorite Quote: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”
-Og Mandino

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

I started running at age 10 and competed on my high school Cross Country team.  Since that time, I have run and raced all distances from 5k to Marathon.  I have also competed in triathlons from sprint distance up to half ironman!  My current goal is to run a marathon in each state, so you might see me running through the neighborhoods of Avon!  I coach Junior Runners in the spring for 4-6th graders and in the fall I coach the Avon Middle School North Cross Country team.  I love helping others attain their fitness goals and hope to try my hand at an IM someday. Come in and say “hi!”

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

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

Maddie Radcliff

I graduated from DePauw University in 2013 where I studied Kinesiology and played basketball for 2 years.  In 2011, I decided start running more to fill my free time. Inspired by my mom, I signed up for and ran my first half marathon, the Indy 500 Mini Marathon. Now every year my mom and I run the Mini together along with a few other runs thrown in the mix. Running keeps life interesting. There is always something new to see, even if I’ve run the same path 100 times. When not at the Runner’s Forum, I manage a Corporate Fitness Center and get to teach group fitness classes and personal train.  I enjoy spending my time outdoors with friends and family. On a nice day you might catch me on the Monon or on the Cultural trail soaking up some sun and staying active.

Favorite quote: “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man given. Be grateful.  Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”  -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

Nathan Siegwart

Nathan joined the Runners Forum team in the spring of 2015. Born in Appalachia, he began running track and cross country in the foothills of West Virginia.  He has participated in a variety sports throughout his life, including, cycling, kayaking, basketball, baseball, cross country, and track. Nathan enjoys participating in various lengths of races from 5Ks to full-marathon distances, and finds every excuse to hit the water with his kayaks when he can.

Favorite Quote: "It matters not how strait the gait, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." - W.E. Henley

SherriSherri 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!"
Stacey Davisstacey davis

So some random female waved to you on your last run and you wonder how you knew her. Chances are it was Stacey, probably our most social runner. No matter how tough her workout is she cannot help but wave and appreciate fitness people around her. Running, walking, cycling or roller blading if your in the area she will cheer you on. Stacey prefers dirt (mud, snow, ice) to pavement. “Trail running reminds me of playing in the woods as a kid.” Even during her first couple 50K events she was ready for more. Working hard to increase milage Stacey loves ultra running. Cycling was her first passion. When her brother was diagnosed with diabetes she decided to participate in JDRF’s Death Valley century ride (100 miles). Since then she has done several local rides, Hilly Hundreds and 3State 3Mountain. When running became an interest she met several great people who introduced her to triathlons. On the Runners Forum Tri Team for a couple years she got a good taste of what it means to be a triathlete. Food, physical fitness and joy are everything in life. Come in and meet your new BFF. You will feel like you have known each other forever. “Everyone has a goal and I love helping them achieve it!”

Favorite Quote: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

Todd Whisman

Todd joined the Runners Forum in 2015 as a part time job, but soon became the official Runners Forum Handyman. Todd started running in elementary school on the Jr High track team. It was there that he discovered his love for running at an early age. He participated in track and cross country in high school and was inspired by a high school coach to take on his first triathlon. He finished his first half ironman at the age of 18, only fueling the fire for more adventures. While working as a saddlemaker and a cowboy in Colorado, he discovered ultra running. He continues to run and race and can be seen running the mile, a 50k and everything in between!

Tyler Childress

Tyler Childress is the assistant manager at the Greenwood Runners Forum; he has been on board since fall of 2015. Tyler competes in triathlons of all distances with aspirations of doing Ironman Louisville in 2016. Endurance sports are his passion and he enjoys all aspects of athletics: swimming, biking, running, lifting, and nutrition. Beware! If you ask him a question concerning triathlon, grab a seat because he could be talking for a while! Being only a few years in, Tyler enjoys the triathlon and endurance sport community very much and is part of Indy’s very own triathlon team, Tri-Loco.
Tyler is a senior studying health services management at IUPUI with minors in economics, policy studies, and management. In his free time, he enjoys exercising with his fiancée, hanging out with friends, schoolwork, playing with his dog, and learning new things about endurance and triathlon. He is a very outgoing person and welcomes anybody to ask questions or introduce themselves! See you out on the course!

Favorite Quote: "You can quit if you want, and no one will care. But you will know for the rest of your life.” - John Collins, IRONMAN co-founder





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