Performance. Excellence. Individuality.
We know why you
We are runners ourselves.
We understand your desire, your drive to rise above.
We know what you expect in the running products
We depend on the same products ourselves.
In 2003, lifetime runner and avid marathoner Jim Micheels opened
Raleigh Running Outfitters with his wife, Carolyn. Their intent was
to introduce the performance running products they loved and
depended on to runners in the growing Triangle area,
to present them to fellow athletes with a level of customer service,
connection, and camaraderie that had been formerly unknown.
Today, Raleigh Running Outfitters still strives to serve as a
retailer to which all runners can go for honest, expert advice on
product performance, training and racing, injury avoidance, and
We pride ourselves in our ability to outfit you completely for any
run, whether it's a long training run on a hot, summer day or a
chilly, hilly race event in the mountains. If you're looking for the
most advanced GPS system designed for runners or a lightweight
hydration system to keep you going, we can show you what's available
and tell you how well each product works, from firsthand experience.
running shoes? That's our primary language. With more than 60
different styles of racing and training shoes from all the major
manufacturers, we're versed in shoes. We carry only the performance
models that are best for running, and our staff personally tests and
evaluates them in order to provide meaningful advisement when you're
selecting shoes. Plus, we use technologically advanced
Analysis to make specific recommendations for any correction your
shoe should provide. Using high-speed video and slow motion/still
imaging, our staff is trained to analyze your stride, ankle motion,
and foot strike to measure your degree of pronation. Then, as you
test different shoes on our treadmill, we help you select the best
shoe for your biomechanical needs.
Running is no longer an individual sport. Finally, the support and
service you deserve.
Jim Micheels is Owner
of Raleigh Running Outfitters. He has been an impassioned runner for the
last 25 years. He has run more than 20 marathons, his favorite distance, and clocked
a personal best of 2:28. His experience in running retail includes stints
at Downtown Athletic in Charlottesville, VA and Runnerís Edge of Farmingdale,
NY. Prior to sporting goods, Jim was employed in the human resources field
for 11 years. He opened Raleigh Running Outfitters
in August of 2003.
Carolyn Micheels is Co-Owner of Raleigh Running
Outfitters and manages online sales and marketing. She brings her
background in technical writing and editing to her work on Raleigh Running's website
and store e-newsletter,
RRO Insider. Originally a rower, Carolyn
made the transition to running 18 years ago. Since then, she has dedicated
training, racing, and coaching other runners.
is Manager and Co-Owner of the Cary store. Sam has been a associate at Raleigh Running
for the last seven years. He brought to the store eight years of
sales and management experience with companies such as Fresh Samantha/Odwalla
and Red Bull. Formerly a member of the University of Maine track team, Sam
now trains with the
team. He has won multiple
area races, including the '11 Medoc Trail Marathon. Sam has an affinity for marathoning
and a personal
record of 2:44 for the distance.
Jason Broll splits his time between our Raleigh and Cary locations. A former
corporate event coordinator, he was also a coach of the Cardinal Gibbons
High School's girls' cross country team and the distance coach for its track
team. He is a former 100-meter sprinter himself, having run for the
Libertyville (Illinois) High School track team. He attended the University
of Central Arkansas, earning a BA in Communication/Journalism in 2002. After
moving to NC, he took up running again and earned a USATF coaching
certification. He has run a marathon in 3 states, but is shooting for all
Laura Swann is a member of the
Raleigh Running sales team. She is one of the area's fastest and most
passionate runners, with a 5K PR of 16:30 and a 3K time of 9:26. A track
standout at N.C. State, Laura was a two-time All American and earned the
title of Southeast Regional Champion in cross-country and ACC Champion in
the indoor 3K and 5K. Since graduating, she has won many road races and N.C.
championships. She brings her passion for running to the sales floor, where
she is eager to assist you with product advice or training tips.
BD Sechler joined Raleigh Running
in 2010 and now works exclusively out of
our Cary store.
BD has nearly 20 years experience in the human resources field. His retail
experience includes 6 years with a Michigan ski shop. A runner in middle
school, BD found running again in 2005, the year he ran his first marathon.
He quickly moved to ultramarathoning. Since conquering the Umstead 100-Mile
Endurance Run in 2009 and in 2010, BD has set his sights on the
ultrachallenging Western States 100.
One of Raleigh Running's very first
Leslie Homes joined
the Raleigh Running
sales team in 2010. She brought with her 10 years of sales/merchandising
experience as well as nine years of experience with Wake County Public
Schools. She has been running marathons (her favorite distance) and half
marathons for 11 years, and so far, has completed a total of nine marathons.
She is a USATF- and RRCA-certified running coach whose love of running
carries over to her love for helping others reach their athletic goals.
Hegarty is working on her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at N.C. State
University, researching improvements in compression stockings. She is a
part-time sales associate at Raleigh Running and a passionate member of the
team. Meghan got her start in running in high school
and continued at the University of Hartford where she emerged as a strong
middle-distance runner and triple jumper. She now enjoys racing 10Ks, half
marathons and marathons.
Full-time sales associate Brandon Carter
splits his time between the Raleigh and Cary stores. Brandon brings with him
5 years sales experience and a genuine love of competitive running. A
Harnett County native with a background in farming, Brandon competed in team
sports in high school as well as at N.C. State and Campbell University. Since discovering running 5
years ago, his times have soared. He ran the 2011 Richmond Marathon in 2:36
and has a half-marathon PR of 1:13.