The Fleet Feet team is comprised of the most passionate individuals in running specialty. Their focus is centered around giving our guests the best possible experience time after time as well as ensuring you achieve your needs in lifestyle, fit, customer service, training and product.
Paul and Cathy are following their dreams in a number of ways. First and foremost, they are now living in an area that has always been dear to them. They honeymooned in Myrtle Beach 1983 and spent numerous vacations in the area, always dreaming of coming back to stay. Over the years, they have lived in Germany with the Army and circled the States twice, plus a stint in Canada. Not letting the grass grow under their feet, they moved 17 times and had two wonderful sons. Shawn is our store manager and Kyle is an accountant in Lexington, KY. In 2016, their dream to settle in Myrtle Beach became a reality when they were given the opportunity to own Fleet Feet Myrtle Beach.
Paul graduated from the United State Military Academy and earned an MBA in Finance from San Jose State University. He spent 8 years in the Military then over 20 years in the corporate world. He has worked in the industrial and medical industries, but always had a passion for running and fitness. Paul ran his first 5K in 1980, and fell in love with the sport. He ran his first marathon, Berlin, in 1983, and has since finished 16 more along with numerous other races. He is excited to help other people start down the healthy lifestyle path and to achieve their goals.
Cathy has B.S. and M.A. degrees in Education from Oklahoma State University. She spent 30 years in the classroom teaching mostly middle school. While working in the Department of Defense American School in Vilseck, West Germany, she also coached the track team. From skiing: water, downhill and cross country, to running, tae kwan do, and yoga, Cathy has always been motivated to stay fit. She is happy to be in Myrtle Beach sharing her enthusiasm for fitness!
Shawn studied at the University of Kentucky from 2008 to 2012, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Thanks to his family, he is now able to live his dream of owning a business while still helping his community, whether it's inside the store or out at events and group runs. Throughout the years, he played soccer, football, ran track, and participated in cross country. Shawn continues to run today to help stay active and share in the sport with customers and friends.
Mary Frances Aini is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University's Exercise and Sports Science program. She has been running since 2009, starting with high school cross country at Arkport Central School in Arkport, New York. She has competed in that as well as track in the steeple chase, the mile, the 2 mile, and the 800 meter sprint. Mary Frances also ran in college for SUNY-Alfred. She brings her years of running experience as well as her education to the sales floor every day to help our community ensure they are in the gear they need to achieve their fitness goals.
"Hello! My name is Alex Lucas and I am currently a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying Exercise and Sports science. I am from Baltimore Maryland but have lived down here in Myrtle going on 4 years now. I love being active and trying new things, whether it is lifting or hiking in the mountains. I just starting running long distance with my Fleet feet team and am hoping to run my first half marathon soon! Another passion of mine is traveling, I have been to 4 countries in the past 2 years and hope to continue to experience the world and all it has to offer. After I graduate from coastal I am planning on going to graduate school to become a Physicians Assistant. I love the medical field as well as anatomy of the human body and hope to pursue my career in the health field helping people."
Born and raised in Minnesota, Chelsey grew up watching her uncle run the Twin Cities Marathon. Every year spectating the event was a family affair; Chelsey loved making signs, cheering runners on, and being able to watch her uncle race. That excitement stayed with her, and she developed her own passion for staying active and being outdoors. She relocated to Myrtle Beach in 2006. Since she was new to the area and didn't know anyone, her boyfriend (now husband) offered to adopt a dog for her. She immediately knew that she wanted a running companion, and that is exactly what she picked out. Chelsey and her pup Cnidaria have been running together for 6 years now, they especially love spending time in the woods and running on trails. Chelsey loves helping people take their first steps into the running world, whether she is giving advice on how to strive for a more active lifestyle, or simply providing encouragement and motivation. Chelsey is a firm believe that the seemingly impossible can become possible with the right mindset. As a SCUBA instructor, Chelsey has a lot of experience helping people take that step into a world that may seem scary at first, but offers so many new and exciting possibilities.