Meet Our Staff

Reneé Grant, Owner/President

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Reneé Grant, founder of Runner’s Depot, is well known on the South Florida Running scene. She is an accomplished local runner, completing several marathons including the Boston Marathon five times.

Reneé is an active member of the local area running clubs and is president of the Gold Coast Runners.

In 2002, Reneé was recognized by the Sun-Sentinel as the top club president in South Florida and in 2004 the Gold Coast Runners was recognized as the best running club.

Chuck Kirsch, Owner/Vice President

ChuckKirschCo-owner, Chuck Kirsch, started running in 1977. He has run in 29 marathons and countless road races, bike races and duathlons. He has been involved with Team In Training since 1998, both as a participant as well as a coach for two years. Chuck also works with Friends In Training, the Galloway Group, Miami Fit and the Aids Marathon Foundation. He enjoys working with these groups doing clinics to educate them on footwear and biomechanics and other technical gear.

Chuck serves as Vice President of the Gold Coast Runners. He was a founding member in 2004.

 

Mike Sedell, Manager-Weston Store

mike sedellMike is a 55 year-old native of South Florida. He has been married for 25 years to his wife Cathy, who also works at Runner’s Depot. They have 2 sons, Zack and Brandon. Mike has 20 years of retail experience and has been with Runner’s Depot since October, 2012. He currently manages the newest Weston store. Mike is a very well known and a respected baseball coach and instructor. He enjoys running, fishing and living an overall healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

Caron “Schiffy” Schiffman

My mother said I started running in the womb, but actually it was a long time ago. I think I started when I was a young child, playing tag, running relay races, and always running to catch up with my older brother.  I started participating in 5k and 10k races back in the 1980s. Once I got hooked on running races, I gradually added triathlons in my early 30’s to my racing schedule, and, in 1996-1997 I was ranked 33rd in triathlons the United States in the 40-44 age group. I have since added adventure races, duathlons, and half marathons to my racing schedule.

Schiffy works at the Aventura store and leads the Miami Road Runners Club workout every Thursday night – Shape Up with Schiffy! It’s a great, functional fitness workout that combines running, strength, stretching and lots and lots of fun!

 

Marcus Harrington, Manager-Ft Lauderdale Store

IMG_2934Marcus is the store Manager at the Ft Lauderdale store location. He is originally from South Louisiana. This Ragin Cajun has been a resident of Hollywood, FL since 2003. While he ran track in high school, he did not start running half marathons and marathons until he joined Team in Training in 2008. Since then, he has run 10 marathons and more than 50 half marathons. His love for running is often combined with his love for traveling. He has great running experience and is very knowledgeable.

 

 

Hugo Radelat

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Hugo Radelat joined Runner’s Depot in April, 2010. He has worked in our Coral Springs store before transferring to our new Weston store. Hugo has been a runner for the past 38 years competing in distances from 5K’s to marathons, and a triathlete for 21 years competing in sprint triathlons to half ironman’s receiving numerous age group awards. He and his wife Margie have been married for 34 years. They have two sons, both live and work in Orlando.

 

 

Kevin Mone

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Born and raised in south Florida I started started competitively running track at a local high school originally as a sprinter. After racing an 800 I fell in love with distance running. I finished high school as team captain for both track and Cross Country. Every summer I work with elite college runners and coaches at Brevard Distance Runners camp, the largest high school level running camp in the nation. While attending college at FGCU I worked as the team manager and assisted the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams.

 

 

 

Jeff Williams

IMG_8991Jeff is a certified Pedorthist, and has been working in the foot care field for over 10 years. He began fitting comfort shoes and learning how to help alleviate general foot pains in 2004. Over time, he graduated to working on orthotics, and finally became a certified Pedorthist in 2012.

In addition to his extensive knowledge on foot maladies and shoe fitting, he has learned a lot about running since joining our team!

 

 

Bob Gillan

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Bob Gillan has been with Runner’s Depot since January 2013 working in our Coral Springs location.  He started running High School Cross Country in 1967 and has been a dedicated runner since.  In his nearly 48 years of running he’s competed in all distances from 5K’s, 10K’s, half-marathon’s, marathons and ultra distance relays in the US and Europe.  Bob a 1987 NYC Marathon finisher also completed the ‘2012 Hood to Coast Relay’.  An active member of the Northwest Broward Road Runners Club, Bob still receives an occasional age group award.  As a Coral Springs resident for the past 20 years Bob can regularly be seen logging miles on the streets of Coral Springs and Parkland.

 

Brian Grant

My name is Brian Grant and I am a 26 year old native Floridian. I grew up primarily playing basketball, but have become a runner as well. I truly enjoy running because it gives me a chance to escape the busyness of life. I also enjoy playing golf and spending time with family and friends. I am currently applying to PA schools and anticipate beginning a program in the spring of 2016. I have a beautiful wife, Taylor, and she is definitely the better runner between the two of us (but don’t tell her I said that). I have worked at Runner’s Depot for roughly 10 years and I love helping people realize that running can be so enjoyable, when you have the right gear. If you need help finding a better run, I’d love to lend a hand!

 

Taylor Grant

My name is Taylor. I am a born and raised Floridian and a southern girl at heart. I met my husband at Harding University in Searcy Arkansas where I studied social and behavioral science and he studied business. A few short years later we tied the knot and moved to his old stomping grounds of South Florida. I may be new to the South Florida scene, but I am very familiar with the running scene! I started my running career my freshman year of high school where I competed in varsity cross country for four years and have continued to run four half marathons and a full marathon in 2014. Running is not only my hobby, but an addiction, and a passion of mine. If I can help someone live a healthier lifestyle whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually then I have met my goal! Come let me help you reach your goals!

Mike Giacobbe, District Manager/Buyer

Mike enoys running ultra marathons and long runs in general. He has completed 19 marathons and a handful of ultra marathons. He has run many sub 3-hour marathons including one over the age of 40. His love for running is only equalled by his love of helping others. Under his tutelage, he has helped countless runners reach their goals. He always says giving back is the least he can do for the running community. It was his and Reneé’s brainchild for the 12 Miles of Christmas Run which is held on Christmas Eve morning. This free run benefits very sick children – all runners bring an unwrapped toy which is donated to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Christina Cuadra, Manager-Coral Springs Store

Christina has been active her entire life. She has been in the running industry since 2009. She enjoys running through our South Florida mountain bike trails to run with Mother Nature.

Her passion for running and triathlon is extended with a healthy approach to staying injury free. She works on running form, common injuries, and spreading the love of being active.

Ron Gregory

My name is Ron Gregory and I’ve been employed by Runner’s Depot for 6 1/2 years. Prior to that, I worked and coached at American Heritage School in Plantation; boys soccer and girls golf resulting in three state championships.  Prior to that I was a Plantation police officer. I’m originally from Indiana and graduated from Indiana State  where I played baseball. I really enjoy my job at Runner’s Depot, particularly fitting people to the proper shoes. If you’re a runner or walker and haven’t been fit and need the proper shoes, come in and see me and I’ll make your run or walk more enjoyable.

 

Justin Duke

Justin has lived in South Florida his entire life and feels that living in a popular tourist destination has been a pleasure. He’s been running ever since he played soccer starting at 5 years old.  Throughout high school he was always running to stay in shape for soccer and it has been key in helping him stay healthy. Especially after tearing his ACL and meniscus when he was 15! The only way he could really exercise was to run. Although he is only 21, Justin has had his fair share of injuries and experiences, and enjoys passing on his knowledge to customers and other runners in the store.

 

Phil “The Beard” Patterson

After having to go to the emergency room every 6-8 months for back spasms and sciatic nerve issues, I knew losing weight was my best option. I decided to give running a try on June 23rd, 2013 and it instantly stuck. As I lost weight, running got easier and more fun, and eliminated the back issues. In August of 2015 I took my passion for running to the next level by quitting my job and joining the Runner’s Depot team. I’m now 95 pounds lighter and take pride in my 1st place overall finish in the 2015 J.W. Corbett 18 mile trail race.

 

Patti DellaPace

Patti DellaPace is a native Floridian who started running  in Arkansas while in college.
Since then, she has enjoyed outdoor activities which include swimming, boogie boarding, hiking and mountain biking. She has been working at Runner’s Depot since October 2014.
Patti retired from teaching and loves to sew and cook. She is a new grandmother with another grand baby on the way.

Frank DellaPace

Frank DellaPace is currently teaching and works part-time at Runner’s Depot (for nearly 4 years).
Frank was born and raised in New York and has been in South Florida since 1980. He thoroughly enjoys running and especially loves trail running.
If not running, Frank enjoys talking about it and listening to people who love to run. Frank, ( like Patti) enjoys the beach and mountain biking as well. A very happy Grand dad who is looking forward to another grand baby  this fall.

Lauren Fuchs

 Originally from Brooklyn New York , my husband and I moved to Florida in 1987 to open an automotive repair business . I started running 25 years ago to get in shape after having  2 children (now 30 and 26). Eventually I got into triathlon and have completed 4 Ironman distance races , 12 half iron and many other distance events. I have done 12 marathons including 4  Boston marathons. I had just crossed the finish line when the bombs exploded in 2013. I was hit by a car on my bike in 2006 and suffered a broken neck and back and lots of other injuries.  Celebrating 10 years since that day, I am thankful to be able to participate in the sports that I love and very thankful to have a job doing what I love to do, talk about running, and helping encourage people to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle .

Kelly Cassidy

Growing up in Michigan, my favorite activities were downhill skiing and golfing. It wasn’t until I was living in Florida that I found the joy of running. It helped me quit smoking in 2010. My new healthy addiction kept me running year round and participating in race distances from 5K to Marathon. Always a middle of the pack runner, I qualified and ran the Boston Marathon in 2016. It was a dream come true and my 17th Marathon.

I’ve worked in the field of Ophthalmology since 1995, but my passion for running has led me to become part of the Runner’s Depot staff in Weston where I can share my experiences and love of running with others.  Weston is where I live with my husband Sean and two boys, Declan and Aidan. You’ll also find me volunteering and cheering at many of the local races in South Florida.

Lou Esposito

I started working at Runner’s Depot in 2004. I have done 14 Marathons, 5 ultra-marathons, including a 100-miler, 2 duathalons and dozens of trail races. I love to run trails and wish we had more of them in South Florida.

Steve Mesiano

I’m new to the Florida area being born and raised in the NJ/NY metro area.  I have been running most of my life starting competitively in high school.  I was named captain of my track team where I ran shorter distances like the 400, 800, the mile and 4×400 relay.   Later on I concentrated on distance running but just for fun, fitness and mental therapy.  One day a running friend challenged me so I started racing in everything from 5ks to Half Marathons.  My main race is the Half Marathon and have a 1:44 PR which was in the Runners World Half in Bethlehem, PA.

I am passionate about running and love talking about everything running including shoes, clothes and tech gear.  I remember back in the day when I ran without music.  When the first MP3 players came out I bought one for an astronomical price which held only 20 songs!

I’m not crazy of the new fads such as mudder races, color runs and all kinds of obstacle course races.  I say just give me a pair of shorts and sneakers and let me loose!

Jiovanni Aleman

My name is Jiovanni and I am one of the newest members to the Runner’s Depot family. I served in the United States Marines for 4 years and counting. I am very motivated and knowledgeable about fitness and running. I really enjoy making people happy and helping fit people into the proper running shoes to succeed in there goals. So come on and lets start training with the right gear!