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.

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 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.

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

Operations 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 our 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 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.

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 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.

Lillie Schrock

Store Manager

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 multiple half marathons and one full marathon 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.

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 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.

Macie Gale

Apparel Buyer

I began my running journey in high school, when my twin sister signed up for XC and I figured I couldn’t let her get an edge on me. Turns out I am better in sports without balls. Since then, I ran for Northwest Christian University where I studied Exercise Science. I helped the women’s XC team win a national championship in 2015 and later earned individual All-American honors in the 3000m Steeplechase.

I’m thankful to work at Run Hub with such kind and knowledgeable co-workers and am thrilled to help people get equipped for their next adventures!

Why do you love to run?

Running for me is just as much a mental health practice as it is a physical one. It also gives me another outlet for my competitive nature besides Settlers of Catan, and also spares my relationships from unnecessary harm.

What is your most memorable race?

I have a great fondness for the Aquafina Butte to Butte, because there is no better start to 4th of July than seeing fully grown adults running in costume. That and I get a good laugh from the donut stand in the first mile.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

I enjoy any opportunity to get out and enjoy the PNW via hiking, camping, cross country skiing, pickleball, and floating the river with a kombucha in hand. I also enjoy creative outlets like poetry, playing ukulele, and photography.

What’s your pre-race power food?

I like pre-race oatmeal

With some nuts

I would eat it

In a hut

I’ll eat it to run far

I’ll eat it in a car

I would eat it with a rhino

I would eat it and feel fine-o

I do like oatmeal

It takes no skill

Thank you

Thank you

Bob Red Mill

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Prince Puckler’s Banana Brownie for sure

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.

Why do you love to run?

I enjoy Type 2 fun.

What is your most memorable race?

2018 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.

Zoey Bailey

I joined the Run Hub staff in the summer of 2020, but I have been running most of my life! I have my parents to thank for gently steering me towards running early after watching me joyfully sprint up and down soccer fields helplessly adverse to kicking the ball. I found my stride on the cross country and track teams in elementary school and have been running competitively ever since! In addition to serving as an excellent way to meet wonderful friends and stay healthy, running is my secret weapon for self-confidence, sanity, focus in academics, and overall wellbeing.

I have lived in Oregon most of my life but moved to Eugene in 2019 to attend classes at the University of Oregon. As a student in the UO Clark Honors College, I am majoring in Global Studies with minors in Spanish and Economics. Although I grew up in Corvallis, I am a proud duck and am stoked to compete and train with the fantastic UO running club.

Why do you love to run?

I feel like the most joyful, confident, and authentic version of myself when I run. I know of no better way to collect my thoughts or re-energize my spirit. Also I have an addiction to collecting race bibs and I have no way to stop.

What is your most memorable race?

Pikes Peak Ascent in 2019 is likely my most memorable race (although there are MANY). I might have been hallucinating from the lack of oxygen at 14,000 feet, but I distinctly remember a Search and Rescue team cheering me on by playing “Tequila” on a bunch of kazoos and an aid station volunteer removing the stems from my grapes because I was too tired to do so myself.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Ooh its a three-way-tie between mountain biking, cooking, and playing piano.

What’s your favorite running accessory?

While I love my Garmin Forerunner 735 to death, I gotta say my favorite running accessories are my lucky lightning bolt earrings that I wear with a heavy dose of superstition during every race.

What is your most unusual talent?

I can consistently hold a handstand for about one minute.

Connie Gardner

I’m from NorCal originally but I’ve been here in Eugene a little over five years. I studied Music Performance in school and came to running as a way to strengthen my lungs to play the clarinet better.

When I moved to Eugene I wanted to get to know the area and meet people and one day my best friend brought home a Run Hub flyer. Since then, my dog Gilly and I have become regulars at the community runs, I’ve done multiple training programs with Run Hub, and I partnered with Dustin when I started a small business making race medal holders. I just bought my first home in the area and I’m excited to keep running and exploring the wonderful PNW!

Why do you love to run?

Because I get to be outside and meet new people.

What is your most memorable race?

Eugene Marathon

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Hiking and drinking wine

What’s your go-to shoe?

New Balance 860

What is your most unusual talent?

I can wiggle my ears.

Naomi Passarelli

I grew up in Northern California farmland and began running cross country as well as track and field in middle school. I rediscovered my love of running two years ago and take every chance I can get to run on a trail.

I went to school for teaching and have been teaching for ten years. In 2021, I adventured out into the field of counseling and am working on getting my LPC.

I got involved with Run Hub because I needed trail shoes and wanted to try them on first. Run Hub was recommended by local runners I knew and I had such a great experience I wanted to join the team 😉  I have a big family of boys as well as a dog so we love to be outside in (in my humble opinion) the most amazing state. Running is also a great excuse to get outside and I love finding new trails or waterfalls.

Why do you love to run?

It makes me feel alive and lets me explore the world with my feet.

What is your most memorable race?

Run the Rock 2020

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Reading a good book in the hammock with a beer.

What’s your pre-race power food?

Blueberry Bagel with peanut butter and a banana

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint Chocolate Cookie

Jack Matherly

I’m from Fairbanks, Alaska, and moved to Eugene in October of 2020 for some change in scenery. I joined the cross country team my sophomore year of high school and haven’t stopped running since. Growing up I played a number of sports, but once I started running I felt like it didn’t matter how big or small, strong or athletic you were, running was the great equalizer. I loved to race because I loved the sense of self improvement I got from it, as well as the feeling that everyone else around me was getting the best out of themselves too.

When I moved to Eugene I was excited to be in a city where the running community and culture was apparent. I quickly learned that Run Hub was the best store in town because of their products and their community. Since joining the staff I’ve also joined the Big Timber Running Club, where I’ve been able to make new friends and continue enjoying the team atmosphere I enjoyed so much through high school and college.

Why do you love to run?

I love to run because of the sense of fulfilment I get from my daily runs and races; I like to push myself to try and find my limits.

What is your most memorable race?

The Angel Creek 50 Miler. After an accidental 17 mile run (we got lost), my buddy Matt and I went from running 3ks on the track to running a 50-mile trail race a few months later. It was overall just the craziest summer of running I’ve ever subjected myself to.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Rest and recovery. I spend my free time with my wife and our growing family, taking the dog to the park or sitting at home reading a book.

What’s your go-to shoe?

For training, the Hoka Clifton, and for racing, the Saucony Endorphin Pro.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookies and cream.

Linus Rueegger

I am originally from Zurich, Switzerland but jumped between Zurich and Portland, OR as I grew up. My undergrad took me to Southern California where I competed for my university’s soccer team and studied Environmental Education and Urban Planning. However, when the global pandemic hit, and my senior year of soccer unfortunately was canceled, I turned to running. This has brought me to Eugene where I am currently pursuing my MBA at Bushnell University as well as competing for their track and XC teams.

Once I got settled in Eugene the name “Run Hub” was in my ear constantly. I was super drawn to the community the store has fostered and knew immediately I wanted to be a part of it!

Why do you love to run?

It’s my favorite way to see the outdoors and I really love the quiet moments it brings to my everyday life.

What is your most memorable race?

I’m fairly new to racing so I don’t have a ton under my belt. However, the Shamrockn’ Half was a ton of fun (live music at every mile marker made it all go by real quick).

What is your favorite non-running activity?

Having played soccer all my life getting any chance to coach or watch it is always a ton of fun!

What’s your pre-race power food?

Sourdough bread, peanut butter, banana. Is it basic? Yes. Is it tasty? Also, yes! Does it work? Sometimes!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Any combo of chocolate and peanut butter makes my heart very happy.

Sam Metzger

Having spent most of my life in the suburbs of Maryland, I am a proud East-Coaster. After graduating high school in 2019, I have been bouncing around to many different places including Senegal and Alaska. I finally settled in Eugene when I transferred to the University of Oregon, where I am studying Environmental Science. I started working at Run Hub in April 2022 after working for several months at RoadRunnerSports in Colorado. 

Although most of my life has been defined by playing soccer competitively, I am now an avid trail runner. I started running at age 10 when I was still copying everything my older brother did. I quickly fell in love with the sport and added training for track and field on top of my soccer training throughout high school. After my competitive spirit burnt out, I switched to running just for the fun of it, which quickly led me to pursuing long adventures on the trails.

What is your favorite non-running activity?

My favorite non-running activities include reading, hiking, camping, and travelling.

What’s your pre-race power food?

Does coffee count as a food?