Meet the Staff

Drew Conner

Hey guys, my name is Drew Conner. I had a very successful cross country and track career during my tenure at Fayetteville High School before graduating in 2004. I attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. I led the team there for five years before graduating with my Bachelor's Degree in dietetics in 2009. I want to use my skills and experiences as a runner to help others get into the sport that I love. I also want to use my knowledge of nutrition to help others achieve their weight and health goals whether they be running/walking related or not. Diet and exercise can be two of the most difficult things to do successfully on your own, so don't be afraid to ask what may seem like the most simple questions about one or the other.

Likes: My beautiful wife Alicia, running in thunderstorms, sushi, and driving fast.
Dislikes: Hill repeats and spider webs.

Keri Letson

Hi! My name is Keri Letson. I was born and raised in a tiny little town in Southwest Missouri called Ash Grove. I moved to Bentonville when I married my husband almost 20 years ago. I love this great community we live in! I ran for my high school track team, but stopped running when I went to college. I took up running again in 2008, but it was sporadic. Until I stumbled across a sign-up for this newly formed half marathon training group, administered by Mike Rush, that Bentonville Parks and Rec was starting. I signed up on a whim and ran my first half marathon in the Spring of 2012. After that, I was hooked on running! I've run several half and full marathons since then and hope to qualify to run the Boston Marathon someday! I am so excited to be a part of the Rush Running family so I can pay it forward by helping people reach their running, walking, or healthy lifestyle goals. Stop by the store and say Hi anytime!

Likes: Summer, The Kansas City Chiefs, Ice Cream, and Hot Tamales (the candy!)
Dislikes: Winter, the color pink, eggs, and wet shoes.

Adam Fortin

Hey y’all, I’m Adam Fortin. I fell in love with distance running over 10 years ago and that led to a passion for endurance sports. I’m a endurance coach focusing on distance running and triathlon, and I love sharing my knowledge with like minded people who are pushing themselves to see what they can do. That is why being a part of the Rush team is such a good fit for me.

Evan Espinoza

Hey! My name is Evan Espinoza and I graduated from BHS. I run cross country and track for Evangel University where I major in film.

Alec Martin

Hey everyone!

My name is Alec Martin! I’m from The Woodlands, Texas, studying psychology at the University of Arkansas. I’ve been running since 7th grade and fell in love with the sport in high school. Since then, I’ve moved into trail running, cycling, and a lot of rock climbing. I am super interested in mountain sports and long distance efforts of all kinds! My favorite place I’ve run has been the high deserts of Tucson, AZ. Currently, I’m keeping my fitness high as I pursue multiple outdoor ventures!

Hayden Kingfisher

Hello! My name is Hayden Kingfisher. I’m a good ol’ boy from Louisiana where my family currently resides. I have also spent my whole life traveling the country with a father in the military. I’ve been running from my older brothers my whole life and somehow that landed me at LSU as a long distance runner. I recently transferred to the university where I’m continuing my education trying to be an evil scientist. I love spending hours with customers to get me out of work so if you want to come hang out and talk feet/running come by and see us!

Niki Michaelsen

Hey there!

My name is Niki Michaelsen, I am Houston Texas native. I started running for fun when I was a kid, ran through high school, and then cross country and track at BYU. After graduating BYU I moved here to Arkansas with my husband and I love it! I love all things food and exercise! Really glad I work in a place that I feel like I can help others enjoy exercise too!

Grace Shoemaker

Hi! My name is Grace. I was born in Louisiana and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2012. I started to participate in cross country and track soon after moving here, and fell in love with running! Currently I run track for Bentonville High School, focusing mainly on hurdles. Besides running, I love all things music. I play guitar and I’m a member of the chamber choir at BHS. Be sure to stop by the store and say hi!

Lauren Harrell

Hi my name is Lauren, and I’m a run-aholic. My addiction started back in middle school and has pretty much consumed my life ever since. It’s okay though, the only side effects so far have been baller calf muscles and a rockin VO2 max. I have a degree in psychology from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide boiii), so if you ever want to go for a run and talk about your feelings, I’m your girl!

Also catch me graffitiing a Rush store near you.

Connor Austin

Hey!! My name is Connor Austin, and I was raised in Rogers, Arkansas. I am currently a student at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Business Finance. I began running in the 8th grade when I joined the track team. I switched over to XC and track for the next 4 years of High School, where I ran for Rogers High School, and was Captain of the varsity team. Although I’m not running at Arkansas, I still love to run and workout whenever, and plan to race all the local races in NWA. I love working at Rush Running because it allows me share my knowledge about running with the rest of the Northwest Arkansas community. I’m a huge sneaker head and have loved shoes/ running for the most of my life.

Collin Krapf

Hello everyone, my name is Collin. I grew up in Austin, Minnesota but have lived the majority of my life here in Northwest Arkansas. I grew up playing just about every sport you could imagine before focusing on competitive swimming. This led me to join the cross country and track teams in 7th grade where my passion for running took off. I ran my first marathon in Kansas City in the fall of 2019 and hope to do many more in the future. I will be attending Southern Methodist University beginning in the fall of 2020 where I plan to earn degrees in both Accounting and International Studies. Please stop by and say hello as I enjoy hearing everyone’s goals and doing whatever I can to help!

Heather Diebold

Hi! My name is Heather. I am from Branson, Missouri where I played basketball, softball, and ran track. I was a sprinter and part of the 4x400 relay team placing at the state meet each year; however, my real love was basketball. I then joined the Southeast Missouri Redhawks, a division I basketball team in Cape Girardeau, Missouri during college. I was lucky enough to experience several conference championships, as well as, two NCAA tournament appearances. Most importantly, I received a degree in Human Environmental Studies and Pre Architecture while at South East Missouri. I have been a part of the Rush Running team since 2011. I now enjoy the ultra distances, and recently completed my longest run yet at 50 miles with the support of the Rush team! I enjoy any type of outdoor activity and staying fit. I love to help other people find their passion for running and a healthy lifestyle.

Likes: Art and design, Nature and being outdoors
Dislikes: Sitting still--

Michael Greaves

Hello everyone! My name is Michael Greaves, I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO before moving to Fayetteville in 2017 to study Economics at the University of Arkansas. After “retiring” from competitive swimming in 2017, I got hooked on triathlon and became involved in the local multisport and running community. I’ve raced everything from the 50yd freestyle to Ironman triathlon, but am currently focusing on Olympic and 70.3 distance triathlon. After graduating I’d like to work on the business side of a sports/running organization and start a coaching side-hustle, so I’m always ready to nerd-out and talk triathlon at any of our shops!

James Reeves

I liked Rush Running so much as a customer and race team member that I decided it only made sense to make Mike & Ali pay me. So here I am. And I have appointed myself the Director of Fun. I’ve been running in some form or fashion ever since I was a kid. Back in the days before iPhones, X-box and the like. You know, when our parents told us to go outside and play. Sure, I’ve taken breaks from time to time (the longest about 10 years) but I always come back to running. Pavement or dirt, road or trail, 1 mile to 50 miles. It doesn’t matter to me. The longer I have run the more I realize what a gift it is. One passed to me from my father. My mission is to pass it on to others. That’s why I’m here. Here are my rules…

1. No grouchy pants allowed
2. Keep it simple
3. Be kind to everyone
4. Believe in something
Stop by the shop and say hello. Just ask for Red Dirt.

Payton Primm

Hello! My name is Payton Primm, and I was born and raised in Springdale, Arkansas. I began running when I joined my school cross country team in 7th grade, and I haven't stopped running since them. I ran cross country 5k races competitively for four years, three in junior high and one year in high school. I am currently a junior at Har-Ber High School. I ran a half marathon at 13 years old, and 13.1 miles has become my favorite distance. I am almost always training for a half marathon or a local 5k race, and I'm always working to improve on personal records and race times. I love to run, and I love to see people enjoy the sport as much as I do. Be sure to stop in and say hey, I would love to meet you!

Coleman Wilson

Hey all! I’m Coleman, also known as black lung to some, I have been working at Rush Running for 4 years now and loved every minute of it! I currently attend Arkansas State University and run cross country and track for the Red Wolves! I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering hopefully to someday to work for a shoe company and design shoes! I also graduated from Bentonville High school in 2019 and am the current Mile school record holder. I have an absolute passion for running and would love to help you find your own addiction to it! Please don’t hesitate to come in and ask any questions, I’m more than willing to help!

Ryan Hunter

Howdy! My name is Ryan, and I started running cross country in 8th grade while I still lived in Louisville, Kentucky. I moved to Norman, Oklahoma my sophomore year of high school and continued my cross country and track experiences there. I ended up making varsity all 3 years in Norman, and led the team as captain my senior year. I was not able to run for the University of Arkansas (where I am currently studying chemical engineering and applied mathematics) but I am still training on my own. I have more goals for the next couple years than I can list in this bio, but I'd love to talk if you come in the shop!

Jennifer Doyna

Hey y’all, my name is Jennifer Doyna. I was born and raised in the beautiful Austin, Texas, keep Austin weird. I started my college career at Angelo State University where I played on the volleyball team, making it all the way to the NCAA tournament. Now I am currently attending the University of Arkansas studying Business Marketing. I ran a handful of 5ks then decided to jump the gun and run in the 2018 New York City Marathon for The Scarlett Fund, raising money for rare pediatric cancers. I am currently training to run my second New York City Marathon for The Scarlett Fund in November planning beating my time last year.

Mike and Alison Rush

Mike and Alison Rush started running in middle school and haven't looked back since. Mike continued his running career at the University of Arkansas and has coached at Fayetteville High School and local runners of all distances, from the 5k to the marathon. Alison also ran for Arkansas, finishing her senior year as the LadyBacks' first runner and qualifying for the Olympic trials in the 10K.