Fleet Feet Meridian is owned and operated by Wade and Julie Pannell. Both native to the Inland Northwest, the Pannells have spent much of their lives in the Rocky Mountains and relocated to Spokane in 2009. Along with their two sons, Grafton and Bridger, the entire family is engaged with the running, triathlon, and active lifestyle communities across the northwest.
Wade grew up a cyclist in Montana, and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture. After a 15-year career in resort real estate development, Wade found himself 60 pounds overweight and dissatisfied with his fitness and level of activity. After being challenged by a friend to become more active, Wade started running and at first couldn’t complete a single mile without several breaks. After his first 5k in early 2006, the hook was set and the desire to be involved in helping people find their path to fitness began to grow. He has competed in multiple triathlons and races from the 5k to the marathon distance.
Julie was raised in Moscow, Idaho and grew up a gymnast. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Early Childhood Development, and has spent her adult life dedicated to her children and their school communities and friends. Julie has always been committed to a fit lifestyle and in late 2010 completed her first marathon in Maui, Hawaii. Later that year, she was surprised by an unexpected heart attack at the age of 37. As a survivor, Julie has returned to an active lifestyle of training and is committed to using her story to inspire others overcoming physical adversity in their lives.
The Pannells opened their first Fleet Feet location in Spokane in 2012 and the Spokane Valley location followed shortly after in 2014. Fleet Feet Northwest got its roots when the Pannells first acquired Fleet Feet Tacoma in 2017. Fleet Feet Bonney Lake and Meridian were added to the franchise in spring 2018. In 2019, they opened a location in North Spokane.
Fleet Feet Northwest is dedicated to supporting Meridian's running and fitness enthusiast communities by providing quality training programs, educational opportunities and the right footwear and apparel to meet your needs. In addition, it is our sincere desire to help others along the path to wellness, whether returning from illness or injury, or regaining fitness.
Fleet Feet Northwest Operations Team
•Nicole Coburn - Merchandising Lead (email)
Meridian Retail Experience Manager