MEET THE TEAM

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Alex Rodriguez | Owner

Alex, founder of NGRC, has been involved in the runnning community here in Forsyth County for over 10 years. He has a passion for the running community as a whole and wants to help in any way he can to further your goals! 

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Stephanie walker | Co-Owner

Stephanie, better known as "Fe", is a life-long resident of Cumming, GA. She has been running for the past seven years. Stephanie prefers the trails to the roads but still puts in lots of training miles on the roads of Cumming and the Forsyth County Greenway. Her absolute favorite place to run and commune with nature is Sawnee Mountain. She has completed many running events, including the Chicago Marathon, three Ultra's to include Cruel Jewel 50miler. Stephanie enjoys being a part of the NGRC Tribe and is always one of the first to welcome new members and is a great support to participants in our Beginner Runner Training Programs. Stephanie is a mom to three grown sons who all serve in the US Military (Army, Air Force and Marines). She is lucky to be called MeMe Fe by her beautiful granddaughter, Charlotte (Charlie). 

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Bill O'Connor | Running enthusiast

Bill grew up in Boston, Massachusetts when he retired he moved to Cumming, Georgia in 2016 from St. Albans, Vermont.  Bill is an avid runner since 1998 and very much enjoys marathon training and racing.  He has run many marathons including the Vermont City Marathon, Boston Marathon, Toronto Marathon, Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, Baystate Marathon, and the Marine Corp Marathon.  Bill is a Wellness Coach at the Forsyth County YMCA in Cumming, Georgia.  Bill is a Boston sports fan (Go Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics).

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liz debusschere | Sales associate

Liz has worked with NGRC since May of 2019 as a sales associate. She joined one of NGRC's Beginner Running Programs and found a love of running and the friendship of the NGRC community. Liz enjoys being a part of the Races that are put on by NGRC, from packet pickup to watching the runners cross the finish line the excitement of race day is contagious. Liz has a daughter who is enrolled at Georgia Southern and a son who attends Alliance Academy. She and her family have lived in Cumming for over twelve years and they love Georgia for the southern hospitality and the warm weather. 

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Steven Clark | IT ninja

Steven started running his sophomore year in high school with West Forsyth’s cross country program. He loves the 5k and 10k distances, but he still has goals of running longer distances. Steven's favorite running shoe is the Hoka One One Clifton. "I love the shoe for being light weight and great cushion." You will see Steven running mostly on the Bethelview Greenway, but you might see him on the trails at Haw Creek Park!  He loves to follow professional runners and two of his favorites are Tyler Andrews and Fernando Cabada. He recommends looking up their stories. He believes both runners are great examples of consistenty which will lead to great results whether they are big or small! "Hope to see you soon at North Georgia Running Company!"

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Summer Smith | Shoe expert

Summer loves helping walkers and runners find the perfect shoe to meet their fitness goals. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and proud Dawg. You will find Summer running at Sawnee Mountain and occasionally the Greenway soaking in great weather and enjoying the sunshine. Summer has been with NGRC since October 2020 and could not be happier to be a part of the NGRC crew!

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Myriah amador | Shoe expert

Myriah is an occasional runner and a college student at the University of North Georgia. She has completed numerous 5k races with her mom by her side. Myriah is new to the running game and is learning everything she can about running shoes to ensure that you get the right product for your needs. She has been a member of the NGRC Crew since October of 2020 and enjoys her weekends at your local running store!

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rachel collins | Shoe expert

Rachel is an avid marathoner and mother of two handsome boys. Outside of being a teacher at South Forsyth High School, Rachel likes to go to the gym, hike, and enjoys being outdoors. Rachel is always greeting customers with a smile and makes sure every customer finds exactly what they are looking for. Rachel has been a member of the NGRC Crew since March 2021.

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What People Are Saying

"Alex and staff are amazing! They have an excellent selection of products and helped me get the correct shoe for my foot and my issues I have. They also have a great selection of running accessories to help make running more fun! Also, the running club has been amazing. This store is really dedicated to helping beginners to experts better themselves! Thank you for all you do and all the charity you participate in as well!"

"New to the area. Store was recommended. Went by and picked up a few things. Great customer service, variety, and knowledgable. Thank you."

"Not just a store, but a community of people from novice to expert with one thing in mind, to get up and get out the door."

"Such a great experience this morning as I had my first ever shoe fitting! I wish I could remember her name, but she was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and patient. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and can't wait to wear my new Sauconys :) Thank you!"

"Stopped in last weekend to check out the store. Excellent customer service, very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this store, and I will be going back."

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Contact Us at northgarunningco@gmail.com or by calling (678) 771-8270.