When husband and wife team, Jess and Rich, dreamed of owning a store we wanted it to be a place where runners of all ability levels could come swap stories as well as get the best fit experience possible. What we couldn’t have dreamed of is the number of people we have met through the years. We have watched (and hired) local high school athletes grow and thrive in new careers. We have fit countless senior citizens, podiatry patients, nurses, massage therapists and cooks – people who work on their feet all day – looking for the most comfortable shoe they have ever owned. And we have relied on the amazing people who keep this standard of customer service day in and day out on the floor of PR Running.
Jess & Rich
He began cycling and running after college, and ran his first marathon in 1998. He’s run four more marathons, 9 half’s and 16 10 milers, since then. When he’s not running his business, Rich coaches track for the Tri-Valley Frontrunners and chases his kids around outside, all the while listening to his favorite band Rush.
Reason for running: Rich and his wife Jess opened PR Running in Westborough in 2004 out of a shared passion for running. 14 years and two children later, Rich mixes meditation, yoga and running with the dog into his regular training. Running is still his first love and he gets antsy when too much time passes without a good run. Rich loves running Boston because of its historical significance as the oldest annual marathon in the world. “The crowds are fantastic. There’s a certain kind of celebration on that day,” he said. “And the course is definitely challenging. You can’t get ahead of yourself. In Boston if you’re not patient, you really pay.”
She was working for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program when Rich and she started to seriously think about opening a specialty run store. They both felt that there was a gap in specialty run stores that served the Metro West Boston Area. Jess has run recreationally from the age of 13 years old. When she and Rich met they caught the racing bug together and trained for everything from 5K’s to marathons. If they are lucky they will pass on their passion for running to their two children 9 and 11 years old.
If you have ever wondered why PR Running runs so smoothly, wonder no more – it’s Andrea. Andrea has been with PR Running since 2006, and has served as the store’s manager since 2010. She will tell you that she’s “been running for fitness for 15 years.” Look a little deeper and you’ll find that Andrea’s run (1) Marathon, (4) Half’s, (4) 10 milers, (1) 6K and a number of 5K’s. She has also placed 2nd in 3 different categories in the 2012 Fitness Competition. Andrea is an amazing cook and has recently been exploring vegan cooking. With a daughter who is an engineer in the field of aviation and a son pursuing his degree in computer science, Andrea has amazing mom under her list of accomplishments as well! In her spare time, Andrea can be found with her family or working out in the gym, on a bike or outdoors.
Working at PR Running since 2010, Keith began running at the age of 35, proving that it’s never too late to start. 19 racing years and 11 marathons (9 consecutive) later, Keith loves educating customers so they can do what they love to do. Informally coaching various staff and family members, Keith has trained a few to PR in marathons. Keith boasts the most on staff experience with the Boston Marathon course as he has run it 9 consecutive times as a qualified runner, with a PR of 3:10. Young at heart – you wouldn’t know Keith has two beautiful grandchildren – this Grandpa has a passion for punk rock, fitness and a plant based lifestyle. He is the first to say you don’t need to eat meat to build strength. His vegan diet fuels his running and extensive strength program. He even brings his own pull up bar to work! When taking a break from all that training, Keith will often be found with his wife and pets (Kris, Callie, Pumpkin and, Frankie) watching sports or reading the latest journal on the science behind Cryptozoology (the study of hidden animals).
John has traveled far and wide and comes to PR Running from Denver Colorado with 8 years of running specialty expertise under his belt. Not only has John completed multiple marathons while raising money for charity, he also has logged many miles with man’s best friend Out west John owned a dog jogging business. We knew he would fit right in at PR Running! We are lucky John and his wife’s latest adventure landed them in New England. They have 3 adult children and have lived in Africa and Quebec, Canada. Want to talk shoes in French? John is your guy He speaks French in addition to English