Fleet Feet West Lafayette is a locally owned and operated store located in the University Square shopping center. We are committed to enhancing and growing our local running and walking communities by offering specialty products, educational resources, and training opportunities to assist the community in achieving their fitness goals. As we continue to be a vital resource in the community, we are committed to becoming more than just a store people shop at. We want to become a place that the community visits often because they feel comfortable and are truly amazed by the world-class customer service that we provide. We want to be a resource for all of West Lafayette / Lafayette's running and walking needs. We want to be a place that inspires every person, on every day, in every fitness activity they do.
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!
Greg, former Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning with the Purdue University Athletic Department, spent thirty years training athletes. He has an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics from Purdue. A former certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, is also a certified Running Coach through the Road Runners Club of America. Dawn, also a Purdue graduate, is the Facilities Management Team Leader at Evonik Corporation in Lafayette, but you will find her in the store for our training programs or working behind the scenes on nights and weekends.
West Lafayette has been Cory's hometown for many years. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems and Programming. Cory has been with Fleet Feet since the day the doors opened in March 2012. He is an RRCA Certified Coach, and was previously a tremendous leader for our Training Programs. Cory is passionate about running and helping others see the true beauty of running while achieving their goals. For Cory, running is a stress reliever and relaxation tool. He enjoys the challenge of setting goals, working towards his goals, and meeting or exceeding his goals, which he believes has a positive influence on his kids and others. Some of his hobbies include spending time with his family, training for marathons, and competing in them.
Alisha is from Francesville, IN and is a Purdue graduate, receiving a degree in Retail Management and Entrepreneurship. She has been running since she was in 6th grade and was involved in cross-country and track throughout middle and high school. Now she enjoys running recreationally and spending her time outdoors. Other than running, some of her favorite activities include DIY projects/crafts, cooking, camping, hiking, and spending time with her dog.
Melissa Kovich grew up in West Lafayette and happily returned to the community in 2014. She obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Purdue University and spent many years as a registered nurse in various fields, practicing in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in retail health, primary care, and plastic surgery. Most recently, Melissa taught undergraduate nursing classes at Purdue. Currently, Melissa is pursuing a PhD in Nursing with a concentration in health promotion and wellness. She believes that variety is the spice of life and enjoys the opportunity to learn new things and guide others in pursuit of health and happiness. Her running journey began several years ago as an effort to decrease stress, but she now finds pleasure in running for fun. In her free time Melissa enjoys reading, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer spent the first few decades of her life not knowing how much fun running can be. However, running a 5K was on her bucket list, so in 2012 she signed up for Purdue’s Cancer Challenge 5K. While her finish time was not very impressive, the 5K was so much fun that she decided she wanted to learn how to run a 5K “the right way.” As luck would have it, a new running store named Fleet Feet was opening in West Lafayette, and they had a tent at the 5K with lots of information for new runners. Jennifer signed up for Fleet Feet’s first training program, and has been running with them ever since, first as a participant and later as a mentor coach. To date, she has run 10 half-marathons, three 10Ks, and dozens of 5Ks. Jennifer likes to encourage other new runners in every age bracket and often points out, “If I can do it, you can do it.” When she’s not running, Jennifer also works as a program coordinator at Purdue University and enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and their little dog, Scout.
Maggie is originally from Russiaville, a small town in central Indiana. She currently is a student at Purdue University studying Medical Laboratory Science. She grew up running recreationally, but never had time to run on a team because she danced competitively. On occasion, when the opportunity arose, she would run 5Ks. Maggie really enjoys fitness and finds it very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is currently a member of the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company, and enjoys choreographing contemporary pieces. In her spare time, she also enjoys biking, hiking, and swimming.
Alissa is currently a student at Purdue University studying general education and minoring in wildlife and global studies. Her hopes are to go into environmental education and teach about nature and conservation. She is from Avon Indiana and has been running since 7th grade on the track and cross country team. She currently competes with Purdue run club and runs in her free time. Her hobbies include running, cycling, hiking and teaching PIYO. Alissa is looking to keep running and competing in the future as she hopes to complete in many more 5K's, 6K's, her 6th half marathon and eventually a full marathon.
Brianna is a senior at Purdue University studying elementary and special education. She plans on teaching in inner city schools before pursuing a PhD in educational justice and equity. She is from Greenwood, Indiana and ran and jumped on the school’s track team from seventh grade to graduation. Brianna currently enjoys running recreationally and looking for a sand pit to relive her glory days. In her free time, Brianna enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with friends/family. She hopes to continue running and living an active lifestyle as she finishes college and begins teaching.
Mattie is from New Palestine, a small town east of Indianapolis. She is a junior at Purdue University in the School of Nursing, with hopes of going into pediatrics. She began running competitively in 6th grade, and cross country and track took up the majority of her time in middle school and high school. She now runs recreationally and with the Purdue Run Club. Mattie enjoys hanging out with her friends & family, traveling, hiking, photography, videography, and cuddling with her dog.
Rachel is a transfer employee from Mishawaka Fleet Feet studying at Purdue University. After undergoing two foot surgeries, her interest for medicine intensified. Her end goal is to become a podiatrist. When she is not studying, Rachel likes to travel to the west coast, watch Big Brother or The Bachelor with family, and be outdoors with friends. Rachel has been running since her freshman year of high school and helped out her high school cross country team this past summer. Now she likes to run recreationally, and will sign up for a race once in a blue moon. She hopes to stay involved in the running community and one day complete a half marathon.
Kelsey is originally from New Castle, Indiana and received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Purdue University. In August 2019, she will matriculate to medical school to eventually become a physician. Kelsey started running recreationally in college, and has competed in several races, including the Purdue Half Marathon. Aside from running and medicine, Kelsey is passionate about cardiovascular research, rock climbing, hiking, ballroom dancing, playing music, knitting, and spending quality time with her friends and family.