TRANSPORTS is the East Bay’s premier Running and Swimming specialty store and has been proudly serving the Bay Area’s running and swimming community since 1982. TRANSPORTS is and has always been locally owned, independent, and owner operated. Since January 2018 we are a 100% woman-owned business.
We have one of the largest selections of current-model running and racing shoes in the Bay Area, as well as an extensive array of running apparel, socks, nutritional products, and accessories. Our staff understands the needs of runners and has the experience and technical expertise to observe the gait cycle and help select the gear that is best suited to each individual.
We carry performance swimwear for competitive and fitness swimmers all year-round, and stock a large assortment of goggles, caps, fins, and other accessories for all swimmers: Women, men, and children!.
Richie started working at TRANSPORTS in Janurary of 1996 during his last semester at UC Berkeley and never looked back. He ran track professionally for a few years after graduation, and competed all over the US, Europe, and Japan. Now, he runs marathons for fun, and is on his way to completing every major marathon in California. Richie also leads the TRANSPORTS Wednesday Night Runs. When he’s not running, he enjoys working at the store.
Brandon is a graduate of Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, where he began his running career. He decided his basketball skills were a little suspect (to put it mildly) so he tried out for the track team instead, and he ended up qualifying for the California State meet in his senior year. Now he’s in his third year running for Saint Mary’s College. He’s also been a Karate student and instructor dating way back to the early days of his youth. He states that his favorite foods are milk shakes and pizza; in fact he’s working on a new flavor sensation by somehow combining the two: either a pizza flavored milk shake or a milk shake flavored pizza. Mixed reviews so far. In his downtime he likes to read and play League of Legends!
Sarah is an LA transplant. Her favorite sports as a kid were soccer, softball, and cheerleading “yes, it’s a sport!” She started running at age 11 and competed in cross-country and track & field throughout her entire high school career. She made all-league 3 years in a row and qualified for the CIF championships once. Unfortunately, she had to miss the race due to an injury sustained after not-so-gracefully falling at the league finals. When not running, she’s engrossed in her true passion, anything and everything Hello Kitty. Sarah’s greatest claim to fame: “I’ve hiccupped at least once a day for the past decade.”
Stephanie grew up running and swimming in the Arizona desert. A miler in high school, she was the AZ state champ in the 1600m – and went on to compete for the Cal Golden Bears in both XC and track. She’s added cycling to her repertoire and is now fully ensconced in the world of triathlons. Her real challenge is finding enough time to train since she spends most of her waking hours chasing after her kids.
Bev has been running since her high school days, when her volleyball coach would make her run in 100+ degree weather in the Central Valley. Since being traumatized, the thought of running for fun did not come easily. She now tolerates it by making it a social activity, running with a group in Piedmont on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. Following her most recent marathon she has found the water a more natural habitat. Her Masters group keeps her swimming up, although it is harder to visit while doing a swim workout.
Frank started out as a swimmer, dating all the way back to the “8 and under” age group days and continued competing through high school. In college he spent a great deal of time sitting on the bench for his water polo squad. He’s stared at the black line on the bottom of the pool so much that it’s permanently imprinted on his brain. Currently he spends more time running miles than swimming laps. With a couple of marathons under his belt, you can usually find him running somewhere out in Contra Costa County. Frank sez “I’m living proof that you can run in slow motion and still have fun!”
Kei started running in high school to stay in shape for outdoor pursuits such as backpacking and climbing. At the insistence of co-workers at Berkeley Bowl, he ran his first Bay to Breakers in 1977, and has been running road races ever since. Always the gear head, Kei opened TRANSPORTS in 1982 so that he could tell the manufacturers what was wrong with their shoes. He is also trying to keep up with Richie’s California marathons feat although it takes him twice as long to run them.
Brian moved to the Bay from Philly, seeking out adventure from the Pacific Coast to the high desert. A master of amateurism; Brian grew up playing every sport from roller hockey to football on organized teams. He enjoys running to stay in shape for backpacking, mountain biking, and any other outdoor sports he gets an opportunity to partake in. So far he has been to New Zealand, Australia, the Greens, the Whites, the Adirondacks, the badlands, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Arches National Park, Slickrock, The Whole Enchilada, Zion Nat’l Park, Bryce National Park, Big Sur, Mount Humphrey, Death Valley National Park, Shenandoah National Park… where will he go next?
A California native, Hannah recently returned after a decade of adventures, including going to college in Vermont, living in Alaska, Hawaii, and New York, and much international travel. She took dance classes growing up, and began running in college as a way to stay in shape for dancing. She also developed an interest in backpacking and skiing, and she still dashes up to Tahoe every chance she gets. That is, if there is any snow. She has seen the northern lights, walked on hot coals, and survived being charged by a grizzly bear.
Born on top of a volcano in New Zealand (ok, it was a dormant volcano), Natalie moved to North Carolina and grew up participating in all the typical childhood activities; soccer, field hockey, ballet, figure skating, and fencing. (fencing?) A young fencing phenom for 7 years, she finally put down the foil and picked up some running shoes and has been at it ever since. She’s an econ student at Cal who loves living in Berkeley but admittedly longs for the fabulous Southern cuisine of her youth.