Growing up in San Clemente, California, Michelle spent most of her time at the beach or city pool swimming and bodysurfing. She didn't really catch the distance running bug till she was a young adult and competed for one season of cross country at Moorpark College. Long after graduating from UCSB, Michelle relived her youth and ran for one final cross country season at Ventura College for her good friend, Nancy Fredrickson. Now in her 50's, Michelle has hopes of regaining her fast twitch muscles and being competitive in a few local 5Ks, 10Ks or half marathons. In her free time, Michelle loves a good glass of wine, going out to dinner or watching movies with her kids and husband.
Evan ran cross country and track at Earlham College in Indiana, where he did tolerably well. Originally from Ohio, he moved across country after graduating with a degree in English Lit and Creative Writing. Having rebelled against running part-way into the early stages of a post-graduation marathon training program, Evan's back on the roads and paths. Besides running, he's an avid bread baker, makes very passable scones, occasionally reads a book or two, is a crazed netflix subscriber and somehow a hobbyist card magician. He works on the ITRC newsletter "On The Run," as well.
Here are his favorites:
Current shoe: New Balance 870v2
Favorite Recovery Drink: Nesquik has everything you need
Favorite Food: Fresh bread, and homemade pizza
Favorite Workout: One that's shared
Favorite Race: Earlham College Cross Country course!
Bike you ride: Surly Long Haul Trucker, oh yeah.
Can't live without: Good books, flour, water, salt.
Hometown: Plymouth, Ohio. Look it up. Right Now.
My experience with distance running began with a track season Sophomore year of HS and led to quitting football and running XC my junior year. Without running I would not have attended college to become an eventual walk-on on the small Division I school of IUPUI. I was always an 800m specialist but the legendary mile distance always held a special place in my heart. It's known at Inside Track that I'm a self professed running, shoe, and computer geek. When I'm not in the store or at school working towards a degree in Computer Science, I have delusions of a track comeback, enjoy cheering on my Midwest teams (Go Bears! Bulls! Cubs! and Hoosiers!), and having a brew or two!
Current Shoe: Adidas Aegis and Brooks PureFlows
Favorite Recovery Drink: Chocolate milk (Fluid Chocolate is the most effective)
Favorite Food: Fish Tacos, Burritos, Pizza, and In N Out
Favorite Workout: Seb Coe (ask me in the store, I'll explain)
Favorite Race: New Prairie XC Invite (locally Agoura 10 Miler has been the most scenic)
Bike: 1985 Honda Rebel 250cc
Can't live without: Food, friends, music, comic book movies
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN
Ruth is retired from the County of Ventura and works part-time at the Inside Track for the camaraderie of fellow runners and to take a break from nagging her husband, Gary Tuttle, Inside Track’s founding owner. Ruth ran track at St. Bonaventure High, and track and cross-country at Ventura College. She has been a successful distance runner over the past 35 years, having completed 17 marathons, including the 1992 US Olympic Trials Marathon. She continues to run daily and still shows up at local races, barely able to beat Michelle in a 5K! Ruth and Gary take running vacations to exotic locales and have sponsored many races for the kids in the Cook Islands, their favorite island nation. Many a shoe company give-away has made its way to the South Pacific!
Katie starting running just out of diapers at age 4 for the Ventura Tigres Track Club. She continued her love for running and competition throughout high school and college where she competed for VC and UCSD. After graduating from UCSD with a degree in Human Development, Katie married her high school crush, Preston Biller, VHS math teacher and XC coach. The happy couple live in Oakview with their dog, Bella and 6 chickens. Katie, in true homebody fashion, loves baking, spending time in the yard gardening, taking care of the chickens and going for walks with her husband and dog. For fun, Katie and Preston love to go camping and taking an occassional trip to SLO just to get away.