Fleet Feet Columbia may be new, but our team members sure aren’t! Our owner Nancy Yaeger, a longtime runner and triathlete, managed a specialty running store prior to opening Fleet Feet.
Our employees are triathlon team captains, retired cross-country moms, Olympic Trials qualifiers, Ironman and more. We come from different places but are united by one passion – making sure YOU are ready to hit the pavement.
Fleet Feet Columbia opened in mid-July 2017. Even before our doors were opened, runners were crowding outside and racking up miles. You've probably seen us running and walking around Columbia.
However, there’s only so much you can learn online. Come in and say hello!
Nancy has been a runner since her gym teacher encouraged her to run in first grade. Twelve years ago, a friend persuaded her to take her love of running and start competing in triathlons. Her first trip down the pool was not pretty but she kept going and did her first triathlon at Trizou in 2009.
Nancy was the head coach for the Stephens College Cross Country team for 5 seasons until the summer of 2019. She is the founder of Tiger Endurance Company, a youth triathlon team in Columbia, MO. and was one of the founders of the Heart of Missouri chapter of Girls on the Run. She has encouraged and coached numerous athletes. Nancy loves helping others reach their goals.
As a coach, Nancy is dedicated to making sure her athletes learn proper form and make good use of strength training to lessen injury risk. She brings that same passion to the store to help walkers, runners, and triathletes to find what works for them.
Outfitter & Retail Experience Manager
Katie is originally from Wichita, KS. She and her family moved to Columbia for her husband’s medical residency. She has been a runner since she was a kid and ran competitively in both high school and college. Before moving to Columbia, Katie worked as an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Newman University.
Katie is passionate about helping others achieve a healthy and active lifestyle, whether that means going out for your first run or trying to hit that lofty PR. When she’s not running on the trails or around town, she’s usually chasing her two little girls, Lily and Ginny.
Outfitter & Accessory Buyer
Debbie has a finance background who is now a "retired" accountant. She is a native of St. Louis and a late bloomer when it comes to running. After being married to—and making fun of—a runner for years, she ended up joining a beginners’ running group with some girlfriends in 2010 and running her first half-marathon. Since then she’s completed two full-marathons and several half-marathons. Given her own journey, Debbie especially enjoys helping new runners and non-runners get into an active, healthy lifestyle. Debbie and her husband have three grown children and a golden retriever named Ella. Debbie has trained Ella to be a certified therapy dog, who takes up most of her time when she is not working at the store. Debbie takes Ella to various public libraries for "Reading to Rover" Programs and will also be taking her to hospitals and nursing homes to share smiles and bring some joy and puppy love to the people they meet. You may even find Ella in the store some days!
Originally from New Haven, Missouri, Martin is currently attending the University of Missouri and pursuing a degree in Accountancy. In high school, Martin was a part of a cross country team that finished in the top 4 of Class 1 and 2 in all 4 of his years, including a state title in his junior year of high school. Now in college, Martin enjoys running for fun, going to the gym, and exploring parks in and around Missouri to stay happy and healthy!
Originally from Washington, D.C., Stephen is a third-year PhD student at Mizzou studying Archaeology with hopes of one becoming a professor. Stephen has been an avid runner since he was a teenager, when he was first introduced to Cross Country and Track. He competed in both sports during high school and college. Before moving to Columbia to pursue his doctoral degree, Stephen worked as an assistant track coach at a D.C. high school where he taught. Today, running remains a favorite past-time of Stephen's. Though he still competes in the occasional road race or marathon, he mainly enjoys exploring trails and paths in and around Columbia. He is excited to share his passion for running with the Fleet Feet Columbia community.
Originally from St. Charles Missouri, Jada is now a student and member of the cross country/track team at Columbia College. Her love for running started when she was in the middle school running program training to run 2 mile races. Since then, she has grown to love longer races such as 5k’s, 10k’s, and half marathons. She enjoys running with her dad and on winding trails. She also really enjoys hiking, biking, and all animals. Her perfect day would be a long hike through the mountains. She is majoring in Environmental Science and plans on going to grad school for Botany.
Ben was raised in Kansas City, MO. Ben has been running for most of his life. he is currently a student at the University of Missouri getting his degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business. Besides working at Fleet Feet, he is also a student Manger for the Mizzou Cross Country and Track & Feild Team.
Marissa just graduated from Hickman High School and is entering her first year of college as one of the members on the cross-country and track & field team for the University of Nebraska this fall. At an early age, she began playing soccer recreationally and later, competitively and had always loved running up and down the field. At the end of Elementary School Marissa joined Blue Thunder Track Club here in Columbia, where she found her passion for distance running. Upon entering Middle School she then decided to focus solely on running and has raced in multiple 5ks, and track and cross country meets. With Blue Thunder, Marissa has raced in eight states (and counting)! She has also qualified and competed in the AAU National Junior Olympics four times. Now she is on the Hickman track and cross country team and competed in the State track meet this past spring in the 3200-meter run. As you can tell from her closet, Marissa’s motto is: “You can never have too many tennis shoes!”
Outfitter/Team Lead & Marketing Coordinator
Sidney started competing in triathlons at a young age. She started swimming at age 5 and swam for The MAC summer league and Columbia Swim Club. Sidney took her love of swimming and started competing in triathlons. She qualified for numerous Ironkid Championships and participated in numerous local 5K and 10K races. She now enjoys playing volleyball and she is a member of the Hickman High School Volleyball team.
Amber grew up in Wisconsin and recently moved to the area. She grew up playing sports including soccer, volleyball, and softball. Amber started running a few years ago and fell in love with the sport. She has run numerous 5ks, three half marathons, and one full marathon. Amber is happy to be a part of the running community in Columbia and likes exploring the roads and trails as a part of a running group. Lately, Amber has been running and hiking more of the trails in Rock Bridge State Park and really enjoys soaking up nature.
Kathy is originally from Sarasota, Florida. She spent time on active duty in the U.S. Air Force serving in Texas and Germany before moving to Missouri in 1985. She started running in late 2006 and did her first half marathon in St. Louis in 2007. Later that same year, she completed her first marathon. In 2008 she ran the Columbus Marathon and qualified for Boston. In 2009, she ran the Boston Marathon. She has run 7 marathons and many half marathons. These days she runs for fun and stays closer to home. She recently did her first two trail races with the Stonegrinder and Runner’s Choice. Kathy also loves to ride her bike and camp along the Katy Trail. She’s ridden with and volunteered for the Missouri State Park’s Katy Trail Ride for several years. In 2018 she took over Race Director duties with the Columbia Track Club’s Heart of America Marathon. She is also a current CTC board member. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Management and is active in several areas in the community. She has two children and one grandson.
When Liz isn’t working at Fleet Feet, she is a full-time teacher at Battle High School in Columbia where she teaches PE and coaches track and field and cross country. During her college years, Liz competed with the University of Minnesota’s track and field team in the heptathlon. She is a seven-time Big Ten champion, two-time NCAA Division I National Runner-Up, five-time NCAA Division I All-American and she placed fifth in the 2008 Olympic Trials. In 2012, Liz retired from the sport but she still enjoys working out, interval training and running short races (anything under four miles!).
Originally from Troy, Missouri, Adam is a junior at Mizzou studying Biochemistry with hopes of one day becoming a physician. Adam’s love for running stems from his family’s background in the sport with his father pushing him to join the high school cross country and track team as he once did. Now running has become more than just a sport to Adam but also a lifetime passion and a good way to destress after a long day at school.
Grace is currently attending Rockbridge High School and is a member of the cross-country and track and field teams. At an early age, she was involved in many sports; playing competitive softball, volleyball, and basketball. Growing up her family had a great interest in running as her mom competed in many marathons and her dad did many triathlons. Her parents would sign her up to run 5ks growing up and she would do them but didn't realize that she had a real passion for running at that young of an age. It wasn't until the end of her freshman track season that she fell in love with running and quit all of her other sports to run cross-country and track. She has high hopes to further her running career after she graduates High School in 2022.