The Fleet Feet Reviewers

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Rain or shine, the Fleet Feet reviewers spend hours logging miles in all the latest shoes so you can make confident and informed decisions about your purchases. Learn more about the members of our review team and what makes them tick below.

Caroline during the 2023 Austin Half Marathon

Caroline Bell

Caroline works on the content team at Fleet Feet and oversees all shoe and gear reviews. She lives in South Florida with her boyfriend and three cats. She went from faking sick to get out of the timed mile to paying to run 26.2 in a row. When she’s not working or running, you can find her binging true crime shows or stalking her cats with her iPhone camera.

Would you rather…

Run short or long? I love long runs with my local running group.

Run fast or slow? Both! I do speedwork a couple days a week and easy paced runs the rest of the time.

Road or trail? Definitely road.

Train for races or workout? I love the excitement of training for a race.

Run with others or alone? I love having company for long, slow runs to pass the time, and having friends to push me during faster workouts is awesome.

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Ashley smiles with her dog.

Ashley Arnold

Ashley is the Director of Brand Marketing at Fleet Feet. She is passionate about finding answers to running and gear-related questions in order to make customer’s lives better. She works remotely from Asheville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, David, and their two fur children Dylan and Pharaoh. She loves trail running, speed work on the track, gravel biking, whitewater kayaking and taking walk breaks.

Would you rather...

Run short or long? Both.

Run fast or slow? I love FAST or SLOW. I'm less of an "in-between pace" person. Basically, I am either an ultrarunner or a mile runner.

Road or trail? Trail.

Train for races or workout? Both. But I generally just love to train for the sake of improvement, personal exploration and spending time outside with friends

Run with others or alone? Others for sure! If I run alone, I usually run with my dog, Dylan.


Kate Schwartz

Kate Schwartz

Kate works on the Brand Marketing Team and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and their cat, Clementine. She ran her first mile-long race at nine years old, and kept running as a high school, collegiate, and now life-long runner. Kate loves racing on the road and trail, but her favorite thing is to run with friends.

Would you rather…

Run short or long? Both! Long runs with nice, easy rest days sprinkled in.

Run fast or slow? I love speedwork and I take my rest days easy.

Road, track or trail? All three but trail is my favorite.

Train for races or workout? Races.

Run with others or alone? Running with friends is everything.

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Nate Helming

Nate Helming

Nate works on the content team with Fleet Feet and lives in Bend, OR, with his wife and dog, Nora. He loves being a mountain athlete: running, hiking, strength work, mountain biking and floating down rivers!

Would you rather…

Run short or long? Right now shorter than longer!

Run fast or slow? The intention is fast, although it may not always happen.

Road, track or trail? Trail all the way!

Train for races or workout? Depends on the day, but getting the urge to race again!

Run with others or alone? I love running with my dog! As for humans, I run mostly solo but I appreciate a good group run now and then.

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Mandy Wahl.

Mandy Wahl

Mandy works on the digital team at Fleet Feet. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, daughter and two dogs, Shenanigans and Mischief. She played goalie in high school soccer because she hated running and then learned that she just hates sprints. She has now completed over a dozen ultra-marathons. When she's not running or working, she is busy being a mom, gardening, crocheting or dreaming of all things Disney. Fun fact, her first race ever was the Detroit Marathon.

Would you rather…

Run short or long? The longer the better, but even a short run is better than no run.

Run fast or slow? Slow. I have never been a speedy runner and just enjoy a conversational long run. I have to force myself to do speed work.

Road or trail? Trails, there is something so peaceful about being out there in nature. I have been running roads a lot more lately because of time constraints, and there is something fun about getting it done quickly.

Train for races or workout? There is almost always a race on my schedule that I am training for, but where I am in my life now, even races are less about time or placement and more about the experience.

Run with others or alone? I love having company on the run and use it as a time to catch up with friends.

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Max Coatney

Max Coatney

Max is the Social Media Manager at Fleet Feet. He loves telling stories and highlighting the latest and greatest products on social media. He caught the running bug while working at Fleet Feet Chicago for over six years. Aside from running, he’s currently interested in archery, cooking, and film photography.

Would you rather…

Run short or long? Long. The more time I can spend outside the better.

Run fast or slow? Slow. Pace isn't concerning me right now. It's all about enjoying the run!

Road or trail? Trail. There aren't too many trails in Chicago, but if there is one, I've run it.

Train for races or workout? Workout. I prefer competition against myself rather than competition against others.

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Melissa Harward runs towards the camera during a marathon.

Melissa Harward

Melissa is the Email Marketing Specialist at Fleet Feet and lives in Whispering Pines, North Carolina with her husband and their dog, Gus. She started running as a way to cross-train during the tennis off-season and hasn’t looked back since. She loves training and racing on the road and paddleboarding in the lake.

Would you rather…

Run short or long? Saturday long runs are my favorite.

Run fast or slow? It depends on the day, but I’m always up for picking up the pace. Road or trail? Almost all of my miles are on the road.

Train for races or workout? Train for a race. I love setting my sights on a goal race, building up my mileage and finally crossing a finish line. There’s nothing quite like it.

Run with others or alone? Both, but having company makes the miles fly by.

Travis Myers-Arrigoni

Travis Myers-Arrigoni

Travis works as a Customer Care Specialist for Fleet Feet and lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife and two cats, Gatsby and Moody. He's had a passion for running ever since he joined the cross country team in middle school while trying to get in shape for basketball. Since then, he has always been up for a challenge, running track and cross country in high school and college, tackling the marathon and now challenging himself on the trails and ultra-marathon distances. When he is not running, Travis enjoys singing and performing in community theater, going on hiking adventures with his wife, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends, and catching up on the current seasons of “Survivor.”

Would you rather...

Run short or long? Long enough that I feel accomplished, but not too long where I feel tired for the rest of the day!

Run fast or slow? A combination of both! I enjoy progressive long runs where I start out slow and comfortable before get into a groove and then try to go full send for the final few miles.

Road or trail? Trails and country roads!

Train for races or workout? I definitely prefer races versus workouts. Nothing beats that adrenaline from an exciting race atmosphere!

Run with others or alone? Nowadays, I have been enjoying solo runs with a good podcast or playlist.

Spencer Lyman is a Fleet Feet wear tester.

Spencer Lyman

Spencer is a Customer Care Specialist for Fleet Feet and lives in Greenville, SC. He has trained young athletes at cross country camps and continues serving community members by helping find them the best footwear. Since competing in college, he has ventured up to the half marathon distance. Spencer enjoys making people laugh and does not like missing any baseball games.

Would you rather...

Run short or long? I prefer running long so my body gets warmed up and into a rhythm.

Run fast or slow? Running fast is fun! I have to show off the wheels.

Road or trail? Roads are much smoother for me since I have poor balance.

Train for races or workout? I like training for races so all my hard work pays off.

Run with others or alone? Keeping it quiet and focused while running alone has been my recent routine.

Heather Fencik is a Fleet Feet wear tester.

Heather Fencik

Heather is the Education Manager at Fleet Feet. A former middle and high school teacher, she turned her passion for running into her dream job! Heather lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, kiddos, and pup. She is happy to run any time and at any pace (that she can keep up with) with anyone! If she's not running or talking about running, then she's probably mentoring high schoolers at church, enjoying craft beer at a local brewery, or driving her kids back and forth to the dance studio.

Would you rather...

Run short or long? Long

Run fast or slow? Tough one. Fast is fun.

Road or trail? Can I have both? I run more often on the road.

Train for races or workouts? Races.

Run with others or alone? Run with others.