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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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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Stephanie Yoho/Shoe expert

Stephanie is originally from Northwest Ohio were she grew up swimming in lake erie and going to Cedar Point amusement park. Stephanie recently moved to the Cumming area with her husband and fur baby! She has been running for many years in distance running from 5ks to marathons. Her main focus now is to stay happy and healthy. She loves the running community and loves running for the feeling of accomplishment she gets. When Stephanie isn't outside running or enjoying nature, you can find her in the kitchen baking up something sweet!

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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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JEN COOK | Certified coach & shoe expert

Jen is a UESCA Certified Running Coach, UESCA Certified Ultra Running Coach and ACE Certified Personal Trainer (strength and conditioning). Jen grew up playing competitive soccer, has a passion for strength training, and loves distance running. She can often be found on the trails training for an event or on a leisurely hike with her family! Jen has a passion for learning and loves researching about the latest products and evidence based training methods & techniques shown to be beneficial to runners. Jen joined the NGRC team in September of 2021. 

Stop in! We would love to meet you!

What People Are Saying

"Alex and his 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 the charity you participate in as well!" 

"New to the area. Store was recommend. Went by and picked up a few things. Great customer service, variety and knowledgeable. 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."