At Fleet Feet Bloomington, we hope to become more than just a store where you shop. We want to become a place you visit often because you feel comfortable. We want to be a resource for all your running, walking and general fitness needs. We want to be a place that inspires. And we want to be your friend. We are lucky to have a team that is diverse, motivated, and knowledgeable. Each employee brings a unique perspective and set of experiences to our store. Please see our photos and read our bios and get to know us a little better.
Julie Sibley’s Fleet Feet journey began in August 2012. While driving home from an out-of-state triathlon, she began to entertain the possibility of opening a retail store. Having been active in the local running and triathlon community and mentoring many new athletes over the years, it seemed like the perfect fit. She believed that her desire to provide the tools and education to help people ease into running and her enjoyment in seeing them accomplish their goals closely resembled the vision of a Fleet Feet franchise.
A former high school Spanish teacher, Julie has been running and racing for over 25 years. She joined the cross country team in high school and when she started could barely run one mile. Through training and perseverance, she’s grown into a regular at races of all distances, and has qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon twice. Her favorite race distance is the marathon: in June 2017 she completed her goal of running a marathon in all 50 states and plans to complete her 100th marathon this October. She also competes in triathlons and has finished seven Ironman races. Julie enjoys educating new runners on every aspect of the sport and loves when they share their tales of accomplishment.
The initial thought back in August 2012 led to a whirlwind of activity. By the following November she was selected as a store owner. Multiple trips to the Fleet Feet, Inc. headquarters in Carrboro, NC to meet with corporate executives and complete store training followed. The store opened in May 2013. Julie is proud to have brought the first downstate Illinois Fleet Feet store to the Bloomington-Normal area and is excited to share her passion for an active lifestyle with the community.
Kelly has been with us since we opened in May of 2013. With more than 30 years of experience in retail and a passion for an active, healthy lifestyle he loves helping other meet their needs. Kelly is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and enjoys working with and watching others transform their lives. Kelly believes that working at Fleet Feet allows him to share his passion for fitness with other people. He is an avid runner and has completed many races at distances from the 5K to the full marathon. Outside of running he enjoys biking and hiking. Kelly lives in Normal with his wife, Corinna, and their 3 children, Kelsie, Keegan and Kyleigh.
Barb started participating in 5Ks 20 years ago as a way of challenging herself and a passion for running was born. Since then, she has amped up her game and continued the challenge by running longer and longer distances. She’s mom to two grown sons and lives in rural Clinton with her husband and two shih tzu puppies. When asked what her favorite race is, she has a hard time choosing just one because each one brings with it special memories, but running the Indy Mini half marathon in 2016 with Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi (for a few feet at least) will definitely always rank among the top of the list. Barb absolutely loves sharing her love of running with everyone, so it is not uncommon to see her mentoring one of our training programs when she’s not working at the store. She loves seeing the confidence that completing a training program or a race can bring to participants. One of her favorite quotes is “I often hear someone say ‘I’m not a real runner.’ We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.”—Bart Yasso.
Kordell has been part of the Fleet Feet Bloomington family for a while - first as a part of the training programs, as both a participant and a mentor - and now as a member of our staff. As a runner, he mainly focuses his training on 5K and 10K distances but has been known to run some half marathons too. When not assisting our customers or running himself, Kordell attends Illinois State University studying cybersecurity. Kordell loves learning more about living a healthy lifestyle and sharing that knowledge with others to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Mark joined the Fleet Feet family in the summer of 2018. Mark first became part of Fleet Feet 3 years ago starting out as participant in the No Boundaries 5K program. He then joined the Fleet Feet Half Marathon Training Program and was able to complete his first half marathon thanks to the mentors and training staff. He has also been a mentor in several of the No Boundaries programs assisting other runners. Mark likes to work out at the gym, run and bike ride. Mark enjoys spending time with his 2 dogs (Harley and Maddie), 2 cats (Maisy and Jinx) and his wife Cindy who has also participated in the store training programs. Mark has always gotten more satisfaction from watching runners he has mentored accomplish goals they never thought possible than setting his own persona records.
Tim joined our Fleet Feet family in the summer of 2018. He joined our team after his enlistment in the Unites States Army. He will be attending ISU to finish his Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology and he plans to earn his Masters as well. Tim is married with 2 dogs - Juniper, a beagle and Pepper, a bulldog/pug mix - and kids…tbd. In his free time, he enjoys picking up heavy things and putting them back down as well as getting things off high shelves. He enjoys training at the gym with his wife and looks forward to training for a few races in the future.
Alex has been with the Fleet Feet Bloomington team since November of 2018 and previously worked at the Fleet Feet West Lafayette store where she was heavily involved in the training programs as a mentor and then coach. Alex has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Iowa State University and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and currently trains clients at a local gym. As a lover of all things health and wellness, Alex's passion for running started early when she did her first 5k at the age of 8. Over many years, this has blossomed in to competing in many races (every distance from 5k to full marathons), leisurely participating in triathlons for a few years and developing a love for weight lifting. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family (her husband Drew, daughter Elena, 2 dogs and a cat), working out, running and reading.
Savana is our softball star on the team. She spent 10 years playing competitively and is currently majoring in business at Heartland Community College. When she's not in class or working at the store she loves spending time outside, off-road riding, doing arts and crafts, and listening to country music. If she wasn't studying business, she probably would have gone to culinary school. Her favorite food is mac & cheese. We love that she shares her culinary creations with the staff on her weekend shifts. Besides her experience with customer service, her creativity is a true asset to the team. She brings a smile and positive attitude with her where ever she goes. Oh - and she can touch her tongue to her nose.