Collectively, we have more than 40 years of experience fitting the feet of runners, walkers, and active folks in Central Oregon. We’re all runners and we have some perspective on what that means. We don’t think you have to run a certain number of miles every week, be “serious”, or know a special handshake to be a runner. We know that if you enjoy (or want to enjoy) getting out and moving and breathing then it’s our job to make you comfortable from head to toe. It’s an involved process, but we work to make it easy. Many of us are also bikers, skiers, swimmers, spouses, parents, gardeners, knitters, potters, and hopefully quality members of the community. Thank you for the support!
Teague opened FootZone in 1995 and has owned it since 1999. Teague and his wife Tami have two children, Sam and Hannah, who keep them busy. He is not only a complete shoe geek (if you ever have a shoe question track him down, he’d love to talk!) but an avid runner, biker, and skier. Teague wholeheartedly loves to support the local running community outside of FootZone and can often be found participating in local runs with his family or cheering on runners from the sidelines.
Colleen Moyer, Manager
Colleen has been a vital part of FootZone for 9 years. An active runner (she’s completed more than 15 ultra-marathons), skier, and general rockstar, she shares her enjoyment of all these activities with her husband, Jason. As the manager of FootZone, Colleen amazes us with her ability to keeps things moving and upbeat! Colleen is a definite go-getter – we all wish we had more of her energy to go around!
Mandy Bonahoom, Softgoods Buyer
Mandy and her husband Scott found Bend while on a road trip across the country looking for their next place to call home. Mandy has an adventurer’s spirit which has allowed her to live across the country and internationally. She loves all things outdoors; running, hiking, nordic skiing, and can be found hitting the trails with her border collie most days. She’s completed many half marathons and is looking forward to her first 50k.
Thomas Morgan, Shoe Buyer
Thomas and his wife Allison moved here from Lexington, KY in 2015, citing the access to great running and Central Oregonians’ zest for life! Both Thomas and his wife are serious competitors, balancing their love of running with caring for twin boys. Though he can talk shoes with the fastest runners, he finds the the energy and excitement new runners bring to the sport infectious. He’s also a big fan of brand new socks – and says that when he wins the lottery, he’ll never wear the same pair of socks twice!
Sarah Graham, Business Manager
Sarah and her husband Rob moved from Seattle to Bend in 2014 to be closer to the mountains and trails they love. Sarah joined the FootZone in 2015 and couldn’t be happier to be part of the team. When she’s not counting beans at FootZone, she’s an avid trail runner, animal lover (with 3 furry children), plant nerd, and FootZone’s Conservation Alliance ambassador.
Kraig Erickson, Floor Manager
Kraig is a fulltime Zoner and our resident “Tri” guy, having competed in 4 Ironmans. He ran his first ultra in September 2013 (Flagline 50k) and is an ultraswimmer, having raced several 5K, 10K, and longer distances in open water. Kraig came to us from Eugene where he was the Fitness Supervisor at the Downtown Athletic Club. He has a background in personal training, multisport coaching, and functional movement screening. When he is not at the FootZone, coaching the FootZone Tri Training Group, or training, he enjoys spending time with his two kids, Maklain and Taj. Kraig is also a personal coach and co-owner of Athlete Wise Performance Coaching.
Tonya Littlehales, Floor Manager
Tonya may be our most avid pursuer of fitness. She’s completed several Ironman triathlons, marathons, and ultras. Along with her husband Geof, she organizes USAFITBEND Marathon training programs. Tonya splits her work time between fitting shoes at FootZone and teaching classes at Juniper Fitness Center. She loves a big adventure and recently placed in a 100 mile race in Arizona!
Michelle Poirot, Marketing & Events Coordinator
Michelle is FootZone’s Marketing and Events Coordinator, and is the voice behind FootZone’s Facebook page. She loves sharing running and walking with others and leads the IntroRUN and Walking for Wellness training groups. Michelle can often be found running, walking, hiking, biking, or skiing Central Oregon’s trails with her husband and her adorable mutt.
Collier moved to Bend from Reno to train with the Oiselle LittleWing training group. She wants to train and compete in the steeplechase at the highest level, but thinks it would be fantastic if she can run until she’s 70. (only 70?!) If she’s not running in Shevlin Park or along the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail, you’ll either find her at the store or indulging one of her minor obsessions – french toast, wine, Harry Potter, burritos, or clouds.
Melanie Mangin, FootZone Mom
Melanie Mangin started at the FootZone 6.5 years ago as the bookkeeper. She was recently promoted from Business Manager to FootZone Mom! Melanie has a goofy husband, 2 grown children, 2 dogs, 2 horses, and a really old barn cat, and a grandchild due any second! It’s rare that you WON’T find her at Tuesday Performance Group, Wednesday Noon Run, Move It Monday, and Pub Runs.
Max King, FootZone Ambassador
FootZoner Max King, a.k.a., Superfast Local Guy, brings 20 years of running experience, great technical shoe knowledge, and loads of enthusiam to the ‘Zone and its customers. A self proclaimed “shoe geek,” Max openly admits to having 95 pairs of shoes at home, and his collection is growing. With wife Dory, son Micah, and daughter Hazel, he indulges his passions for running, biking, skiing, and mountain climbing in Central Oregon.
Chris is one of our full-time shoe fitters. His patience, humor, and calm demeanor make him stand out at the shop. He’s gained a great understanding of feet and footwear in his 9 years at FootZone, and takes the time to impart that knowledge to everyone that he helps. Chris has many talents, and shared one of those by putting together the Dirty Half video in past years.
With over six years of running specialty experience, Meaghan is a new presence on the sales floor. She uses writing and running as her way of story-telling. A Pacific- Northwesterner by birth, Meaghan follows adventure wherever it calls. Even finding the best fish tacos in Oregon can be quite the undertaking. Likes: muddy trails, good books, and spontaneous dance parties. Dislikes: hangnails.
Rob has been with FootZone for 6 years. His passion for activity (running, skiing, biking), general good nature, and master shoe-fitting skills are only part of what makes him such a great Zoner. He recently went back to school and is back on the dating scene. Get in line, ladies!
Between managing school, his own business, cross country, and track you can find Caleb in the shop from time to time. He enjoys interacting with customers both young and old and can be seen consistently smiling. When he’s not in the store he can be found doing some sort of athletic or extracurricular activity outside of school. In his free time he runs his own web and graphic design business that he built by himself.
Kari works parttime on the floor at FootZone when she’s not busy chasing her two super fast sons, hanging out with her hubby, and fulfilling her duties as the President of the Central Oregon Running Klub. As a regular face in the running community, Kari has helped bring many of our local running events to fruition. Kari’s sons speed doesn’t come from just anywhere – this mom happens to be really speedy herself and can often be found on the podium at the end of a race.
Brian arrived in Central Oregon in 2011 and since that time has run in 30+ ultramarathons ranging in distance from 50k to 100 miles. Other than running, Brian enjoys volunteering on behalf of public lands, skiing, mountaineering, motorcycling, native plants, and drinking heavy whipping cream as a dietary supplement.
Robbie Donohue runs all the time – here at the shop, at his other job with UPS, and out on the trails. He recently set a new course record at the Oregon Coast 30k!
Dave Thomason, aka Super Dave
Dave is an icon in this town, and rightly so. He is race director for some of the best events you’ll find anywhere (Dirty Half, Super Dave’s Down and Dirty, Horse Butte 10 Miler, Twilight Run and the Flagline 50K/High Alpine half). He worked at FootZone for nearly 16 years and now focuses on race directing at Superfit Productions and raising his son Clay with his wife Carissa. His shoe/foot/biomechanical knowledge is immense and enhanced by his degree in exercise science.
Mike moved here from Chicago where he worked in run specialty for over 3 years. A shoe-nerd, Mike was thrilled to find FootZone as an outlet to connect to the community and share his passion and knowledge of sport. Mike has completed in 10 Chicago Marathons and many triathlons including Ironman. During his free time you may find Mike and his smooth collie, Boons, in Bend actively pursuing the perfect chocolate donut… and coffee.
We are currently looking for a Store Manager at Birkenstock/Bend Shoe Co.
We’re always looking for folks who love a fun, fast paced, and dynamic work environment. If you love what we do and want to be part of the fun, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop, 541-317-3568.