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Above all else, Maine Running Company is a family.
We are a collection of people who share two passions: one for being active, and one for helping others achieve their fitness goals. We hope to share that with you! We run the same roads and races. We have experienced the highs of achieving a goal, and the lows of trying to rebound from an injury. We exist to share that knowledge and wisdom with you, and welcome you to our family!
Below you'll meet our team. No appointment is necessary to come in for a shoe fitting, but if you want to set up an appointment with an individual, their e-mail is listed below their bio.
John Rogers, Owner & President, RRCA Certified Coach
John (JR) opened Maine Running Company in 2005. Since then, MRC has been nominated as one of the top three new running stores in the U.S. in 2006 by The Running Network, and was voted Best Running Store, New England in 2007 by Runner's World, as well as being named to the Top Fifty Stores In America in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. As a competitive runner, JR qualified for both the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, while also posting PR's of 4:04 Mile, 14:02 5K, 29:20 10K, 48:45 10 Mile and 2:18:02 Marathon.
Prior to opening MRC, JR worked in various product and marketing executive positions in the Running, Walking and Outdoor categories within the industry, including Reebok from 1987 - 1997 and 2002 - 2004 and Mizuno as VP of Marketing in 1997 -1998. In 2005, JR helped form and serve as a Board Director for the Independent Running Retailers Association as well as serving as its initial Executive Director from 2007-2008.
On the community side, JR is actively involved in supporting Portland Trails sponsoring and supporting the Weekly Back Cove 5K Series each summer to raise money to maintain and support Portland's Trail Network. JR is a strong supporter of the Maine Cancer Foundation and The Center For Grieving Children, sponsoring many events for both Non-Profits. He also serves on both the Center For Grieving Children and Girls On The Run Board of Directors.
Bill joined Maine Running Company in 2009 and is responsible for managing the overall operations of the company. Previously, Bill was a Vice President of a major engineering company and then a CFO/partner of a successful real estate marketing company in Boston. He brings extensive operations and financial management to help Maine Running Company better serve its customers.
Bill has an extensive back ground in running and track and field. He was NJ state champion in the intermediate hurdles and long jump and a high school All-American in the intermediate hurdles. He competed at the University of Virginia where he was All ACC and a national qualifier. He continues his involvement in running by coaching high school track at Bay View Academy and middle school cross country in his town.
Maggie has been with Maine Running Company since its inception. When the store changed from Walkabout to a highly focused running specialty store, Maggie was instrumental in the transition. Over the years, Maggie has become an integral part of the MRC family, now acting as the general manager for both locations. Her passion for the store, her staff and the running community is evident in her everyday life.
When she isn't at work, you can find Maggie running the streets of South Portland and participating in road races on a monthly basis. Maggie loves spending time with her wife and their chocolate lab. They are expecting their first baby in May. Maggie also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run's Maine chapter.
Maggie is inspired by the likes of Joan Benoit-Samuelson and Dick Beardsley. She lives her life by Joanie's motto that "there is NO finish line."
Ben is a veteran of the specialty running industry, having worked in running retail for over six years, over half of which has been with Maine Running Co. In 2010, Ben graduated from University of Southern Maine with a degree in Business.
Ben finds the most rewarding aspect of working at MRC is helping customers pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. Outside of running, Ben enjoys mountain biking, tennis, basketball, hiking and beer.
Originally from Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Ryan was anything but an athlete growing up. This caught up with him during high school and his first year of college, tipping the scales at over 250 pounds. He then changed his lifestyle, integrating exercise and healthier eating habits into his daily life. The results? Ryan is 100 lbs. lighter than when he was in high school.
The lifestyle change led to a love affair with running, which has now turned into a passion for racing triathlons as a member of Revolution3's Age-Group team. Having been the beginner looking to make a lifestyle change as well as an experienced racer, Ryan's desire is to help you achieve your athletic dreams; whether that's completing your first 5K or qualifying for Boston, he's here to try and help make that happen. He's so passionate about it that he's letting his law degree collect dust. Says Ryan, "There's nothing more rewarding than seeing someone hit that goal. It's almost better, in a way, than setting your own PR; being able to use your knowledge and ability to help someone else achieve their goal just means more."
When he's not at MRC, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah, and skiing at Sugarloaf and Saddleback.
Born and raised in Portland, ME, Brian joined the Maine Running Co. staff in 2007. What started as a summer job soon grew into a passion for health and fitness. Brian particularly enjoys helping beginner runners achieve their goals of health and wellness.
Brian holds a degree in saxophone performance from the University of Southern Maine. It wasn't until after graduating in the spring of 2011, however, that Brian became serious about running and nutrition. He now considers himself an avid health nut.
Brian's interests outside of music and running include outdoor adventuring, hiking, and long distance backpacking. He is currently working to summit all of the 4,000 footers in New Hampshire, and planning to backpack the 270 mile stretch that makes up the Vermont Long Trail.
Nick has worked at Maine Running for over two years. He transitioned to the retail industry from a 20+ year career in education, both in Maine and Alaska. Nick was a teacher, admissions officer, and coach during his education career. Cross-country running and track were his primary sports to coach.
Nick is a competitive runner and triathlete. His PRs include a 2:58 marathon and a 11:23 iron distance triathlon. He can be seen running and riding the roads and trails of Portland and the surrounding area.
He currently resides on Munjoy Hill with his wife Kim and their two labs, Poppy and Belle. His wife, Kim, is an elementary school principal and runner, who is a Maine native. His daughter, Jordan, is a junior at the University of Vermont and his son, Josh, is currently living and working in Anchorage, AK.
Nick loves to share his experience and knowledge with customers who want to get started in running and triathlon, or for those who want to enhance their training and racing experience.
As of August 2012, Eric is a brand new resident of the state of Maine. Prior to that, he was living in Vermont where he taught high school English. He and his wife moved to Maine for a change of scenery, and Eric decided to follow his passion for running. It didn't take long for him to discover Maine Running Company, and he is thrilled that he did. He thoroughly enjoys learning about the industry and chatting with customers about their adventures in running.
Eric loves to travel, read, and be outdoors. He is constantly on the lookout for new trails to hike or run with his dog. Eric began running marathons two years ago, and he now seeks to use this as his excuse for traveling the country to run in cities that he has always wanted to visit.
Adam has been with Maine Running Company since early 2010. He joined the team soon after moving to Portland. After working primarily in the Portland store for a couple years, a move north to Bath now sees him as one of the store managers for the Brunswick location.
On his time off, time is spent with his girlfriend, along with time in their hometown of Belfast with friends and family.
Adam is usually doing some sort of training for an upcoming triathlon or road race. Adam has completed over 50 triathlons across New England including being a 4-time Ironman finisher. Marathons tend to be his favorite race, but he is not afraid to jump into races of all distances.
As a 245lb. All-Conference offensive lineman in high school, Seth hated running. A lot. After a couple years playing football at the NCAA level something changed, as Seth decided instead of hitting the weights, bulking up, and busting heads, it was time to slim down. Finding some common ground with some members of the school's XC team, he started running. He was hooked.
Fast-forward 10 years, subtract 90 lbs. and today Seth lives and breathes all things running. As a proud member of the Maine Running Co. team, and self-proclaimed "shoe geek"... he gets to work his dream job daily.
When he's not on the road putting in big miles, always training for the "Next Level," Seth can be found out playing with his 2-year old son Abrahm & beautiful wife Brianne.
Chris has been with Maine Running Company since the spring of ‘12 and spends most of his time at the Brunswick store. A runner in high school, Chris left the running world for over a decade and is now making a comeback to the sport.
When he isn't at work, you can find Chris out running, rock climbing or playing the trumpet.