Meet Our staff

Knowledgeable and friendly, our staff is passionate about our sport.  Every member of the Runners’ Retreat staff is trained and ready to help you find the right shoes or insoles for your feet whether you walk, run, or spend a lot of time on your feet.

Meet Our stafF

Knowledgeable and friendly, our staff is passionate about our sport.  Every member of the Runners’ Retreat staff is trained and ready to help you find the right shoes or insoles for your feet whether you walk, run, or spend a lot of time on your feet.

Mark Stickley, Owner

Mark brings a wide range of experience to Runners’ Retreat. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 (don’t be surprised by any vocal pro-VT sentiment). While at Tech, he set the (still standing) record in the 10,000 and qualified to the US Olympic trials. He qualified to the Olympic Trials 4 times during his professional career. In 2005, he was inducted to the Tech Hall of Fame. In addition to leading his Runners’ Retreat staff, Mark also coaches the boy’s cross country at Handley High School. He’s married to Beth and has 3 kids.

Personal Records:

  • Marathon: 1988 Houston Marathon, 2:17:13
  • Half Marathon: 1986 Philadelphia Distance Run, 1:02:19
  • 15 Kilometers: 1984 Jacksonville River Run, 43:19
  • 10,000 meters (track): 1984 USA National Championships, 28:45:97

Glen Tortorella

Glen is one of the fastest men in the Winchester area. At 50 years old, he regularly wins his age group at races if not the race itself. When Glen isn’t running or working at Runners’ Retreat, he’s probably helping his wife home school his 5 daughters. 

    Danielle Fincham

    While Danielle enjoys running sprints, you’re more likely to find this girl in the weight room than on the track. She can beast through some crazy cross-fit-style workouts with the best of them. When she’s not lifting heavy weights or working at Runners’ Retreat, you’ll probably find Danielle drinking coffee and working on her masters degree in Forensic Psychology.

    Lauren Chamberlain

    Lauren currently attends Shenandoah University, where she is majoring in Exercise Science. She ran cross country in high school and is still an avid runner in the community. When Lauren is not in class or working at Runners’ Retreat, she enjoys coaching kids’ running club for Fredrick County Parks and Rec. It is her goal to run a full marathon before graduating from SU in 2021.

    Tony Pangle

    Tony is an avid local runner who has completed 8 marathons since he picked up running 6 years ago. He’s been an athlete all his life, but has found running and helping people run to be his passion. In addition to leading our group runs, he also founded the Stephens City Second Milers in 2016 – charity organization that helps provide shoes for orphans in developing nations.

    Chelsea Hepner

    Chelsea Hepner comes to us from West Virginia University where she majored in communications and participated in the university’s equestrian team. Though she’d rather let her horses run for her, Chelsea loves helping people run better by working as our marketing and social media specialist.

    From Our Customers

    What a GREAT buying experience for an investment in my feet! The sales lady was not pushy. She was more interested in finding the perfect shoe to suit me. I loved my Altras’ so much I walked out the store with mine on my feet. I’m looking forward to walking without feet, leg, or back problems!

    Wendy S.

    The team patiently helped me sort through at least 10 pairs of shoes before finding the right ones, and let me take them for a test spin down the walking mall before buying them! They offer a 30 day trial period, as well, which is great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable! I look forward to going back next time I need gear!

    Danielle G.

    Thanks to Chuck for working with me on getting into a new pair of Hoka’s. Product knowledge and customer service was great!

    Jeremiah D.

    Come Visit Us!

    Ready to get started on your fitness journey? Come stop by! We are located in Downtown Winchester, VA on the Walking Mall near the Braddock St. Auto Park. If you have any questions about our store or our products, please give us a call at (540) 665-8394 or contact us!

    Come Visit Us!

    Ready to get started on your fitness journey? Come stop by! We are located in Downtown Winchester, VA on the Walking Mall near the Braddock St. Auto Park. If you have any questions about our store or our products, please give us a call at (540) 665-8394 or contact us!

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