MEET THE PERFORMANCE RUNNING TEAM

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Meet The Owners

Performance Running Outfitters is locally owned by Trae and Jessica Hoepner. We are experts in understanding footwear and apparel for running. Our goal is to help you pursue an active lifestyle, with the best shoes and apparel for an experience that you will feel good about. Together we have over 27 years of coaching and 38 years of running expertise.

Interested in joining the PRO Team?

We are always looking for enthusiastic running guru's to provide expertise and share their love of the sport with others.

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Ally

Running Guru

Favorite distance or race to run? Half Marathon/ 10k
Favorite place to travel to? Anywhere south and warm
Favorite things to do other than running? Go to the beach, hiking, exploring local coffee shops.
What you love about specialty running stores? The individualized attention and learning everyone’s running backgrounds/ favorite races.
How many pairs of running shoes do you currently own? For running…2
Favorite restaurant? La Estacion
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? My dog, an endless supply of ice cream and a pair of running shoes.

Logan

Running Guru

Favorite brand: Saucony
Favorite distance or race: My favorite distance is the 800. My favorite race was the Flora-Bama Beach Run/Walk For American Warriors 1/2 Marathon and 5k. The race had been rain delayed but being able to run on the beach and beat my dad made up for it.
Ultimate goal: I’d like to be able to complete a track season without any major injuries. My long term goal is to never have to give up running
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: The meaning of running in my opinion is the ability to have the toughness and determination to push and improve yourself no matter the distance or goal. Without running I strongly believe that I would be lesser version of who I am today.
What you love about specialty running stores: That a knowledgeable staff is there to provide insight on current products and techniques.They are also more then willing to go the extra mile to help with your personal needs in order to help you reach your goals.
Greatest running achievement: Being able to get my dad excited about running again.

Heather

Running Guru

Favorite brand: Nike, Oiselle, and Brooks
Favorite distance or race: 800, 1500, and 5k. My favorite race was my senior year, 5k, I ran the race really smart, had a huge PR, and ran it with my teammates. It was an all around good race.
Ultimate goal: I want to start racing again. I took plenty of time off after competing in college. I am training now and I need commit to racing again.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running is something that has always been an outlet/stress reliever. It has also brought me some of my greatest friends. Running is something that defines who I am.
What you love about specialty running stores: I really like the atmosphere that the store brings to staff and customers. I like the knowledge we all carry and pass on to the customer. I enjoy helping people reach their physical goals through running and products.
Greatest running achievement: While racing at Arkansas State University, my junior year the conference course was a tough one. We went out there and crushed the course. I placed in the top 20 of the conference and scored for the team. We won conference that day. Nothing will top that moment as a cross country team!

Katie

Assistant Manager

Favorite distance to run: 400 meters
Favorite place to travel to? Elkhart Lake, WI
Favorite things to do other than running? Exploring new places and eating brunch.
What you love about specialty running stores? I love the community built around run specialty stores!
How many pairs of running shoes do you currently own? 27
Favorite restaurant? Rice N Roll or Cafe Corazon
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? My dog, sunscreen, and a phone (with WiFi, Spotify & Podcasts)

Kathrine

Running Guru

Favorite brand: Brooks and Nike
Favorite distance: the 3000m steeplechase! My favorite race is the Milwaukee Running Festival! I love the half and the event is awesome!
Ultimate goal: Run a sub 1:30 half marathon
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running is important to me for the community it creates! I wouldn’t have gotten through college without running and the wonderful teammates and friends it has brought me
What you love about specialty running stores: The knowledge and passion that the employees have!
Greatest running achievement: Scoring for the track team at conference in my third race over a 400 on the track. I dropped 43 seconds in the steeplechase to score individually and fell over a barrier too.

Jack

Running Guru

Favorite brand: Brooks
Favorite distance: 5k and my favorite race is Al’s Run
Ultimate goal: is to compete in college and to someday become a coach.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: To me running is what keeps me focused and motivated, it always keeps me striving for excellence.
What you love about specialty running stores: I love working at PRO because of all the awesome interactions I have with customers, it’s great to see the running community we have, everyone is so nice and friendly.
Greatest running achievement: To me my greatest running achievement would be all the friends and memories I’ve made throughout the years.

Mandy

Apparel Buyer

Favorite brand: Adidas & Saucony
Favorite distance or race: 1/2 Marathon, Afton Trail 25k, the hills are killer!
Ultimate goal: Finish a 50k
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running has taught me to work harder and dig deeper when things get tough. It is my favorite way to meet new people and spend time with friends.
Greatest running achievement: Finishing my first marathon

Nicole

Training Programs Manager

Favorite brand: Saucony & Craft
Favorite distance or race: Door County Half Marathon or Paavo Nurmi Marathon.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: I’ve done 22+ marathons but for the past 18 months I haven’t had the itch to do one yet. So ultimately, my goal is to get that love for the marathon back. In the meantime I’ve been having a blast trying to run as many local 5k, 10k, and half marathons that I can!
What you love about specialty running stores: I’m always learning something from every employee. Each runner here has a different experience and differences in training that is awesome to hear about. I really love the running community turned family that surrounds PRO.
Greatest running achievement: Even though my time was far from a PR for me, it was seriously awesome to break the 5k tape at the Brewer’s Mini.

Paul

Running Guru

Favorite brand: Brooks
Favorite distance: 1/2 Marathon
Ultimate goal: Qualify as a master’s runner for the Boston Marathon
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: I discover running while in middle school because of some great teachers and coaches I had.  Running can be a lifelong activity and can take you places where you may never go and meet and see thing you may never have been able to otherwise.  I have learned many lifelong skills through running that I apply to my everyday life.
What you love about specialty running stores: What I like about specialty running store is the individual attention you get to from the staff along with the wealth of knowledge they have. The staff will get you in the right pair of shoes and the right gear to help you reach your goals in your running experience.
Greatest running achievement: It is hard to pick just one great running achievement because the sport of running has lead me to many opportunities.  I have been fortunate to coach at a local high school now for over 20 years, I have traveled with other coaches, mentors, and friends to the NCAA Nationals, Olympic Games and Olympic track and field trials.  But I think my greatest running achievement has been running a negative split in the 2000 Chicago Marathon

Alison

Oak Creek Manager

Favorite brand: Oiselle and Nike
Favorite distance: Quarter Marathon and 10K. The 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon was so emotional, not only was I running at Disney, which was an experience in itself, but I had found my passion for running again.
Ultimate goal: Right now I’m striving for PRs in 5K to the Half and have made a bucket list of Half Marathons I want to run.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running has been a part of my life since I was 13. I believe running is about personal growth – both on and off the course. I became more confident, outgoing, compassionate, and driven because of running.
What you love about specialty running stores:  The community! Getting to know each customer – their experiences and goals – really makes for a personalized experience. Plus store events are the perfect way to meet like minded people, try out new gear, and most of all have fun running.
Greatest running achievement: Getting my husband, a self proclaimed non athlete, running. In June 2015 he ran his first 5K. Now he runs a race a month (or more) with me.

Zach

Oconomowoc Manager

Favorite brand: I have run in shoes from Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, Newton, Nike, and Saucony. My favorites include the Brooks Ravenna, Saucony Guide, and my college track spikes the Nike Zoom Ventulus Plus. As a whole I currently have a slight bias toward Saucony.
Favorite distance: In college I loved the mile and steeplechase, but as a post-collegian I have gravitated toward the longer road events such as the half-marathon and triathlon. My favorite road races are two smaller 10ks in the UP of Michigan, The Bessemer Hometown Run, and the John Jarvi Jr. Memorial Run in Bessemer and Ironwood respectively. My favorite triathlon is the Woodson YMCA Triathlon in Wausau, WI.
Ultimate goal: Personally my running goals gravitate around setting PRs or the steps involved in attempting to set PRs. Professionally, if I inspire someone to take their first strides, or help make a customer’s running experience more comfortable, my goals have been met.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running is something I picked up in middle school when all my friends signed up for cross country and is something that has stayed with me since. Running is how I met my wife and we even took post wedding pictures on the track at our college!
What you love about specialty running stores:  Specialty running stores, like PRO, enable customers to gain first hand knowledge, immediately get in direct contact with the product, and be able to purchase and use that product the same day!
Greatest running achievement: Winning the 2012 Lakefront Discovery Run 15k the morning of my wedding!

Holly

Shorewood Manager

Favorite brand: Hoka One One and Saucony
Favorite distance or race: Ice Age 50k!
Ultimate goal: Run a 50 mile race in 2018, then a 100 miler! I’d also love to run the Speedgoat 50k and TransRockies Stage Race someday.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running is what I turned to when I wanted to lose some weight, but it became the best way for me to challenge myself and to grow as an athlete and a person. It’s given me more than I could have ever imagined, including a job, friends, and incredible experiences!
What you love about specialty running stores:  It’s all about the people! I love meeting our customers and hearing their stories- it’s incredibly humbling, uplifting, and motivating!

Susie

Brookfield Assistant Manager

Favorite brand: I love running in Brook’s shoes and Nike clothing.
Favorite distance and race: Half marathon is my favorite distance and I love the scenery of the Lake Country Half Marathon.
Ultimate goal: is to run a full marathon
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running is where I find myself. It’s the time I get away from all the stresses of life. When I’m done I feel proud and accomplished.
What you love about specialty running stores: The personal attention. Why I love working at a specialty running store is hearing about everyone’s achievements and being a small part of reaching those achievements.
Greatest running achievement: Finishing a half marathon.

Nick

Brookfield Assistant Manager

Favorite brand: Nike trainers and New Balance spikes
Favorite distance: 400m
Ultimate goal: I would love to continue sprinting as long as I can as well as become more involved in coaching track.
What running means to you / why is it important in your life: Running means so much to me because it’s competition in its purest form. Seeing who’s the fastest person is something we’ve done since we were kids, and even now after sprinting for over 10 years I get just as excited to race as ever.
What you love about specialty running stores:  The best part about PRO is how all of us are runners yet so different. Marathoners, triathletes, 5k runners, and sprinters. Between all of us we bring such a broad range of experiences to answer any running question a customer has.
Greatest running achievement: Being 3x All Conference my senior year.