Meet the Staff

Dustin Pearce

Owner, General Manager, Shoe Geek & Running Science Junkie 

Before opening Run Hub I worked in a run specialty shop in my hometown during graduate school, which I once referred to as the best job ever! Once I started my teaching career I worked some summers at a run shop in St. Louis, Missouri, during the summers. In 2012, my wife, Kris, and I moved to Eugene. I taught high school and coached for a couple of years in Eugene before I decided I was ready for something new.  My previous experiences working at run shops coupled with my own experience as a runner, and my 15 years as a high school coach, led to the origin of Run Hub. Beyond co-owning the shop with Kris, I serve as the general manager and footwear buyer, in addition to a long list of other hats that I wear.

I can remember running races as early as 4th grade, but I don’t really consider my start as a runner until I joined the cross country team in my sophomore year of high school. Outside work and running, I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and exploring with Kris, and our son, Oliver.

Q&A with Dustin
Q&A with Dustin

Why do you love to run?

If I could boil down why I love running to one main idea, it would be the sense of accomplishment that I get from running.  I read a quote posted by Brooks Running earlier this year that said, “We believe that a run can flat out change a day, a life, the world.”  I would definitely agree that a good run will change my day for the better. However, I could relate many stories of how running has changed the direction of my life, too.  Finally, I believe you could make a strong argument that if the world was full of runners, it might just be a better place. So, I think the quote that Brooks posted sums up well why I love running; it’s an agent of positive change.  

What is your most memorable race?

My most memorable race is one from my college years.  It was the conference championship cross country meet in the fall of my junior year. The race was 8 kilometers (~5 miles) and it was a race that I executed really well both physically and mentally.  I mentally broke that race apart into 1 kilometer (~3 minute) chunks. I made a mini plan at the start of each kilometer to put myself in the best possible position and worked intently at executing that plan.  I would end up running what I consider to be my best overall race ever, 24:44 for 8 kilometers (4:58 per mile). I finished in the top 10 next to some guys that went on to be All-Americans during college and professional runners after college.

What is one of your running goals?

It’s really about layered goals.  My long term goal is to be able to run fast again (fast for me).  For that to happen I need to regain a lot of strength after multiple foot and knee surgeries over the past two years. When I’ve done the work to get strong again, built my base up, and am able to run “fast” again, I’d like to really go after a sub-1:20 for a half marathon and see if I have a sub-17 minute 5K left in me.  However, I’ve got a lot of work to do before tackling those long term goals!

What is your favorite non-running activity? 

Anything that gets me outdoors is a favorite non-running activity.  Hiking and camping are at the top of the list.

What’s your go-to shoe?

Lately, my favorite shoe to run in has been the Brooks Levitate, but for racing and faster workouts I love the Saucony Kinvara. However, if I had to have one shoe to wear running, race in and wear around it might be the Cloudflow by ON Running.

What’s your best dance move?

Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake and Usher are key influences of my moves.  Therefore, all my dance moves are pretty incredible. It’s hard to pick just one.

Kris Pearce

Accountant Extraordinaire, Co-owner

I have been a runner since the age of nine when I started tugging on my dad’s shirt tail to let me run 5K’s with him.  After that first race, dad was the one tugging on my shirt tail to slow down.  I went on to win three State Cross Country team titles and be a 10K champion in the Ohio Valley Conference. Now I love exploring the roads and trails around Eugene and meeting new friends in the process.

Q&A with Kris
Q&A with Kris

Dietary Staple:  Nachos

Letters make me feel special:  CPA, MBA

Marathon PR: 3:06:57 (Twin Cities 2008)

Pre-Race Power Food: Grapes

Bucket List: Sub 3 hour marathon

Best Dance Move: The Happy Clown

Lauren Moe

Store Manager

Growing up, I ran to keep in shape for sports I was playing and then ran track my junior and senior years in high school. It was one of the hardest things I’d ever done, pushing myself in track workouts so hard I wanted to throw up and running seven miles in the pouring rain for Saturday practice. I moved from my hometown of Albany, OR, to Eugene in 2001 for college and haven’t really left. After graduating from the University of Oregon and playing four years of club lacrosse, I started running longer distances when I saw an ad for the Rock n Roll half in Nashville, TN, and signed up. Since that fateful race in 2006, I’ve run three 50Ks, nine marathons and a dozen or so half marathons.

As store manager, I am in charge of apparel buying, our monthly e-newsletter and website, marketing, outreach and more. I was the original employee and have been at Run Hub since April 2015 when it was an empty store front and we were creating accounts with many of our vendors. Outside of Run Hub and running for health and personal enjoyment, I have two young boys (3 years and 4 months) with my husband Pete and love spending time with my family. If I’m not running, you’d likely find me hiking on the Ridgeline or drinking an Americano.

Q&A with Lauren
Q&A with Lauren

Why do you love to run?

I love to run because it makes me feel unstoppable. When I’m struggling in another area, running makes me feel strong and confident like nothing can get in my way. I also love that you can give your all to running and you really see the payoff, getting stronger and faster as you increase your mileage (to a point). I also love the community. Wherever I’ve gone, whether it’s in Eugene, across the country or online, I’ve found the running community to be highly supportive and inspiring, and our community at Run Hub is no different. All of you make coming to work that much more fun.

What is your most memorable race?

Running the Eugene Marathon in 2012 was a really memorable one. I was chasing a PR of 3:40, if not a Boston Qualifier of 3:35 or faster. With three miles to go, a friend who wasn’t racing hopped in to pace me to the finish. Without him (shout out Chris Esparza!), I would have jogged in those last three miles, but instead I dropped my pace to 7:40-8:00 min/mile. By mile 24, that pace felt like a near sprint and even my handheld water bottle was too heavy to carry. I finished the race in 3:35:32, missing my qualifying time by 33 seconds. As I crossed the finish line, I noticed my boyfriend on the track in front of me at Hayward Field and asked him what he was doing there. He pulled me aside, got down on one knee and proposed. So while I was a bit heartbroken to have come so close to that qualifying time, I felt really proud of the PR and of course, giddy over the proposal.

What is one of your running goals?

Post-baby (my youngest son was born June 2018), I would like to get back to the marathon distance feeling strong, but I know that will take a while. Ultimately, I would still love to chase a Boston qualifying time again someday. I also want to run a sub 22-minute 5K.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Hiking, writing or hanging out at a coffee shop. I can’t pick just one.

What is your favorite running accessory?

Garmin 235. I love having my pace, distance and HR so readily available while on the run.

What’s your go-to shoe?

Ooh, tough one. For being on my feet all day, I really enjoy the HOKA Cavu or Brooks Levitate, and for running, my go-to is the Brooks Ravenna.

What’s your best dance move?

The shake your booty, shoulder shrug to the beat move. I’m no pro, but it’s hard to drag me off the dance floor at a wedding when the music is right.

Tony Clement

Assistant Manager

I moved to Oregon in summer 2017 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I worked at a running shop called Heart & Sole Sports. I’m originally from Windber, Pennsylvania, and am an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma. After my college career, I moved to Western Maryland, where I worked for the Washington County government in various fields of public health and recreation. In 2013, I decided to journey across the country to chase my racing goals for middle distance track and field.  At the 2017 USA Indoor Championships I finished ninth in the 1000-meter race.

Wanting to be closer to competitive track meets, I loaded up my ’99 Lumina and came to Tracktown USA! I started frequenting Run Hub’s Wednesday night community runs and was soon engaging the running community as a service rep. I officially joined the Run Hub staff in August 2017. Impressed with the consistent support of the running community, I knew that I found my home base in the embrace of the Run Hub Family!
Q&A with Tony
Q&A with Tony

Why do you love to run?

It provides for me a humbling blessing of natural adrenaline that I might be addicted to. Plus, I want to race in fast races.

What is your most memorable race?

I’m lucky to say I have many. Every one of them has served as a teaching point for the next. If I had to choose one, I’d say the 2017 USA Championship preliminary where I had the opportunity to chase down some of the best competition in the country and that qualified me for the final. The 2018 McKenzie River Trail 50k will always be one of my most enlightening and memorable races of all time.

What is one of your running goals?

To qualify for the USA Track & Field Championships on a World Championship or Olympic Trial year for 1500 meters.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Volunteering at the Emerald Valley cross country practices and supporting races! (I don’t have a favorite non-running activity.)

What’s your pre-race power food?

Steak salad and pizza.

What is your most unusual talent?

Gymnastic tumbling

Katie Fitch

Training Team Coach & Sock Inventory Manager 

I moved to Eugene in September 2015 to begin a PhD program in education at University of Oregon. To meet new people, I came to a Run Hub community run and got hooked. I trained with Team Run Hub for the 2016 Eugene Marathon and asked Dustin and Kris if they had any staff openings because I needed a summer job. I began working at Run Hub for the Olympic Trials in 2016 and have been on staff ever since. I am coaching the fall 2018 training team for the EWEB 10K and half marathon and love it.

I started running in college. I was a swimmer growing up but did not continue once I got to college. I needed a way to stay in shape and took up running. I was a long distance swimmer and that endurance transferred well to long distance running. I ran my first half marathon my sophomore year of college in January 2005 and have been running races ever since. I have run numerous half marathons and seven marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon. I have also completed one Full Ironman in July 2014.

Outside of Run Hub, I am a full time PhD student in the Education Studies Department at UO and plan to graduate in 2020. I teach undergraduate and master’s education courses at the university. I love checking out new restaurants, breweries, and wineries around Eugene and traveling with my partner, Misael. Fun Fact! We met at Run Hub on the first day of the Olympic Trials in 2016 and are getting married in June 2019. Run Hub will always be a very special place to us.
Q&A with Katie
Q&A with Katie

Why do you love to run?

I love running for the way it makes me feel afterward, both physically and mentally.

What is your most memorable race?

Boston 2013. Both because I had the best marathon of my life and because it was the year of the Boston bombing.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Hiking or traveling.

What’s your pre-race power food?

Banana nut oatmeal.

What’s your go-to shoe? 

New Balance 880.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate fudge brownie.

Devin VansCoy

Monthly Destination Trail Run Organizer

I started running in junior high. I went out for track as a 7th grader because it was the only sport offered besides golf and all of my friends chose track. I moved to Eugene in November of 2012 and started running with Run Hub shortly after it opened in 2015. I already knew Dustin from teaching and saw him at a local race. He told me he had quit his job teaching and opened a running store. I went to check it out right away soon started organizing the monthly trail destination runs for the store.

I enjoy competing in mountain races around the United States. If I ever get rich or sponsored I will broaden my horizons and start competing internationally. Whenever I travel somewhere I always look for a trail race nearby.
Q&A with Devin
Q&A with Devin

Why do you love to run?

I enjoy Type 2 fun.

What is your most memorable race?

2018 Pikes Peak Ascent.

What is one of your running goals?

To place in the top 5 at the 2019 Pikes Peak Ascent.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Watching movies and eating food.

What’s your pre-race power food?

The morning before a race I always have a blueberry bagel with peanut butter, one banana and an energy drink or coffee.

What is your most unusual talent?

I have the ability to know everyone’s cards at the end of a game of Clue just using my memory.

Grace Youngblood

I began working at Run Hub Northwest in May 2016. I am a Eugene local and have enjoyed running since I can remember. I first began racing in local road races such as the Truffle Shuffle and Butte to Butte until I was old enough to join the South Eugene High School distance team. I am now studying at the University of Oregon and have continued to run in my free time and compete in local road and trail races.

Q&A with Grace
Q&A with Grace

Why do you love to run?

I love to run because it gives my mind an opportunity to reset and see the world on foot.

What is your most memorable race?

The EWEB Run to Stay Warm half marathon in 2016. That was my first half marathon and marks my introduction to what is now my favorite distance to race.

What is one of your running goals?

To complete my first full marathon during the 2019 Eugene Marathon.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Rock climbing, visiting with friends and being in nature.

What’s your go-to shoe? 

The HOKA Clifton.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Prince Pucklers fresh banana.

Caitlyn O’Sullivan

I am a Pleasant Hill native and grew up in the local musical theater and dance community. After my grandmother beat breast cancer, I decided to honor and celebrate by training for the 2010 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. When I was 20 I entered the race and the camaraderie and celebration of the running community pulled me in. In 2011 I moved to Chicago where I started working in run specialty. After a short time in the windy city my yearning for mountains and hiking pulled me back to the Pacific Northwest, where I resumed my career as a hairdresser. Once settled back in Eugene I continued to expand my running goals by joining a Hood to Coast team in 2013 and running the 2014 Grapes of Half half marathon. When Run Hub opened in 2015 I was quick to join in on the group runs when possible. Today I spend my free time directing children’s theatre and working part time as a hairdresser. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in run specialty with Run Hub and help others realize their own athletic capabilities.
Q&A with Caitlyn
Q&A with Caitlyn

Why do you love to run?

Running makes me feel strong.

What is your most memorable race?

Hood to Cost 2013.

What is one of your running goals?

To finish a race with a 10 minute per mile pace.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Performing in musical theater.

What is your best dance move?

Gangnam Style.

What is your favorite running accessory?

Compression socks.

Jadzia “Jazzy” Engle

I was first introduced to the Run Hub community through my high school cross country coach, James March, the summer after my freshman year. The Wednesday evening and Saturday morning group runs really helped me throughout my summer training and exposed me to the cool community that Run Hub attracts. Even though I was born and spent the majority of my childhood in the Eugene/Springfield area, since I wasn’t a runner I hadn’t been introduced to the fun and supportive running community that is fostered at places such as Run Hub. I fell in love with the environment produced by the store, and I was eager to do all I could to keep that alive.

I started working at Run Hub the summer before my junior year of high school in 2018. When I’m not running or consumed in school work, I love to kayak the beautiful rivers we have in our town!
Q&A with Jazzy
Q&A with Jazzy

Why do you love to run?

It forms a bond between teammates or community members that is truly special, and it gives me a healthy outlet to manage stress.

What is your most memorable race?

The most recent is always the freshest in my mind— but it would probably have to be the 2017 Elijah Bristow Rock ‘n River, during which I fell just after the first mile. But I still stayed mentally strong enough to finish the race faster than I had ever run a 5K before. In addition to my PR, I vividly remember the announcer saying “Springfield” when they announced the varsity girls first place winner, and my teammates and I jumping up and down into each other’s arms.

What is one of your running goals?

To not let mental blocks prohibit me from running my best possible race.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Kayaking!! Or decorating the house for any holiday!

What’s your go-to shoe?

Brooks Ghost.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? 

Almond espresso fudge.

Lillie Schrock

Website Editor, RunVenture Organizer

I grew up in Nebraska and started running in the 7th grade when I joined my school’s cross country team. Having learned I had poor hand-eye coordination, I had no other choice but to choose running as my sport, but it has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. I ran cross country through high school and won the “most improved runner” award my senior year. Since then I have enjoyed competing in community races and have run two half marathons so far.

I moved to Oregon in 2016. During my first week in town I found Run Hub on Facebook and came to the store for a community run. I kept coming back and I have not only improved my pace and endurance by training with Run Hub, but I also have made close friends. I started working at Run Hub in September 2018.

Q&A with Lillie
Q&A with Lillie

Why do you love to run?

I enjoy setting goals and seeing myself accomplish them, whether it’s getting through a hard training run or PRing a race.

What is your most memorable race?

The 2018 Eugene half marathon. It was my second half marathon and I PRed by 20 minutes!

What is one of your running goals?

To run a half marathon in under two hours.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Backpacking in the beautiful Oregon wilderness.

What is your favorite running accessory?

My Garmin Forerunner 35. I love tracking my pace and seeing myself get faster with hard work!

What is your most unusual talent?

Guessing the exact time without a clock.

Mary Beth Hamilton

I grew up in Dallas, Texas, where I found myself running by way of middle school and high school cross country. When I started in 7th grade, I struggled to finish a full mile without walking. Eventually, being a part of an exceptionally large and fun team (our high school team had 150 girls!) sparked my love of, and motivation for, running. We won a few state championships, and that (plus a hefty dose of good luck) helped me find my way onto the track and cross country teams at the University of Texas. I specialized in the 800, 1500, and mile distances there, as well as running four seasons of cross country. During my time as a Longhorn, we qualified for 3 NCAA XC championships, and I ran at the 2016 NCAA track meet in Eugene in the 800. I fell in love with this little spunky town and eventually found my way back here!

I moved to Eugene in the fall of 2018 to pursue my master’s degree in school psychology at the U of O. I started working at Run Hub at the beginning of 2019. I have been working in run specialty shops for the past 5 years (previously Run On! in Dallas, and Texas Running Company and Rogue Running in Austin). I LOVE this job because it creates so many opportunities for authentic interaction, and it allows me to help people get excited about running and staying active. I have never experienced a store with as much genuine community involvement as Run Hub, and I feel lucky to have stumbled into such an encouraging, fun and welcoming community!

Q&A with Mary Beth
Q&A with Mary Beth

Why do you love to run?

It’s a different reason every day! Usually, I run to unplug from school demands and clear my head in the outdoors.

What is your most memorable race?

My senior year of college, I raced the mile at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle. I was an 800 meter specialist testing my ability at a longer distance, and I ended up breaking our school record! It was one of those races where you are completely taken by surprise by what your legs are able to do, which is the coolest feeling.

What is one of your running goals?

To make it to the top of Spencer’s Butte without walking! (Hills are my personal nemesis.)

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Cooking with or for loved ones.

What is your favorite running accessory?

A fun pair of Stance crew socks!

What is your most unusual talent?

I can eat a whole can of Pringles in one sitting.

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