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.
Amy has spent most of her life playing soccer, she ran XC and track for a couple years at Alameda High School for fun and to stay in shape. She is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University, where she received degrees in Kinesiology as well as in tailgating for sporting events. At LSU, Amy played club soccer but got more involved in running races to satisfy her competitive nature. She now aspires to become a physical therapist. If that career doesn't work out, Amy plans to become a member of the Glee cast.
Jill is a sporty kind of gal. A lifelong soccer star, she has played on club and traveling teams throughout her youth. She’s even played a couple of stints in Europe. Other favorite sports include basketball and baseball. Somehow she even found time to compete for her high school cross-county team. Jill also enjoys Bikram Yoga (hot & sweaty yoga) whenever she gets the chance. Her dreams include becoming a professional figure skater, but admits that first she needs to learn how to skate. She’s also an artsy kind of gal who loves drawing, painting, and dance.
Mark attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles where his track team won the Southern Section title twice and his Cross Country team won the State Championship 2 years in a row. "shoulda been 3." Individual accolades include becoming a 2 time high school State Champ in both Cross Country and Track & Field; and he was the National Champion in the 2 mile. A Sub 4 minute miler, he was also a 4-time T&F All-American at Cal and currently competes for the Bay Area Track Club. But there’s more to Mark than just running; his other interests include art and photography (although he claims he’s not very good at either) and food. A self proclaimed chef, his crab, avocado, and sun dried tomato salad is "legendary."
Alice was born in Vermont but grew up in Oakland, where she spent her childhood reading and drawing. She didn't really have much interest in sports until the cross-country coaches at her high school talked her into joining the team. She started out slowly, literally. “I was a terrible runner at first, but for some reason I stuck with it.” She went on to compete in both Track and XC throughout high school and currently runs for USF. If she hadn't become such a good runner, she would probably be a competitive eater. Legend has it she once ate a burrito that was almost as big as her head.
Born and raised in Oakland California, Noah spent his childhood and high school years enjoying the varied pursuits of soccer, swimming, and tennis. He has spent many years traveling and working all over the world; including a couple of years in Antarctica where the only place to run was a treadmill. A real challenge for someone who simply cannot miss a workout. He’s glad to be back in the Bay where it’s possible to actually run outside.
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.”
A fresh face in the East Bay’s Hip Hop scene, Tony (aka K-I-D) is a rapper, music producer, and sound engineer. He’s a runner too! Not realizing that it was even a real sport, he joined his high school XC team just for fun. He ended up competing in the CIF XC State Championships 4 years in a row. Tony also competed in soccer and volleyball during his high school years. Currently, he’s perfecting the art of skateboard and don’t even get him started on video games: “challenge me in Mario Kart 64 and it’s bad. I’m the king of the classics!”
Justin ran cross country and track at Albany High School, followed by triathlon at UC Davis. His life goals are: running the Boston Marathon, surviving Pamplona's running of the bulls, and having a pet cat. He also writes free lance articles and is currently crafting an epic novel.
At the tender age of six, Claudia was running 10ks in the dawn’s early light - at the persistence of her father. Despite this traumatizing experience, she continued running cross-country in high school to prepare for her school’s Nordic skiing team in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She hails from the Univ of Oregon (English Literature & Film Theory). Since graduating, she has travelled the world - from Korea to Spain to Jamaica. Currently, she’s working on her MFA in photography at the SF Art Institute and does some part time tutoring. An Oakland resident, she lives near Lake Merritt with her cat, her dog, and her garden.
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.
Francis played soccer, basketball, and baseball throughout his youth and only started running cross country his junior year of high school. “To get in shape for soccer.” That XC season was followed by a stint on the track team and the rest is history. After high school, Francis went to City College of San Francisco where he won the 800 meter state championship 2 years in row. He then transferred to Cal and became an NCAA Indoor All-American. Like Mark, Francis also competes for the prestigious Bay Area Track Club. Francis is also the premier wakeboarder among his TRANSPORTS co-workers.
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.