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Brendan Barrett
Position: Owner
High School: Sayville
College: Notre Dame
Experience: Brendan is a former All-State runner and captain of Sayville's 2000 NY State Champion team.  After college, where he walked on the Irish XC and track squads, Brendan has served as a race director for the Keith Nintzel Memorial 5k. Along with Mike, he opened Sayville Running Company in 2006 which has afforded him the opportunity to do two things he loves: talk about running all day, and sleep late.  Brendan now competes for the SRC racing team and coaches with D1 Coaching.


Mike Nolan
Position: Owner
High School: Holy Family
College: Villanova, Temple Law
Experience: Michael has run over nine marathons including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC.  He served as race director for the Sayville Summerfest 4 Mile Run in 2007. Mike is always the first volunteer to wear test and give a new-shoe review and can often be seen zipping around town by foot or by bike.


Mike Petrina
Position: Head of Department of Kiwi Culture
High School: St. John the Baptist
College: Stony Brook
Experience:Mike joins us after spending 12 months on a tour of New Zealand. There he travelled via foot and bicycle covering much of the country. While in New Zealand he competed in many races representing SRC including the 2008 Santa Run where he dressed as a Reindeer and lead a sled full of Santas to the finishline. Come and stop by the store and hear all about Mike's Adventures in Kiwiland.


Leonora Joy-Petrina
Position: Queen of Saucony
High School: Kiapra College (Auckland, NZ)
College: Stony Brook
Experience:If Leo's last name looks familiar it's because you just read about her husband Mike who also works at SRC. Though probably the true authority on her native New Zealand, Leo has earned the title "Queen of Saucony" because she is currently a Saucony sponsored athlete. Leo has some phenomenal achievements to her name but chief amongst them are winning the New Zealand Steeplechase National Championship and representing NZ at the Word Cross Country Championships. She is also the only female on record to finish the Stony Brook "Friendly's Ice Cream 12 Scoop Challenge" with her 12 minute p.r. in 2005.


Eddie Burns
Position:Chief Colonial
High School: William Floyd
College: Marist
Experience:Part of the vast network of Marist XC alumni, Ed was county champ in XC and indoor/outdoor track his senior year at William Floyd. Currently the head track coach at Suffolk Community College, Eddie is also the artist in residence and designs many of the logos and pictures for SRC events and t-shirts. An authority on all things William Floyd, get him talking about Sunken Meadow, Southaven park, music, or Colonial XC.


Chris Morfesi
High School: West Babylon
College: Stony Brook


Ryan Soltan
Position: Director of Mass Consumption of Food
High School: Sayville
College: Adelphi
Experience: Ryan was All-State Cross Country and All-County in the steeplechase at Sayville High School as well as a member of Sayville's 2000 State Champion XC team.  He captained both the cross country and track programs at Adelphi University and won the New York Athletic Conference Individual XC Championship.  After college, Ryan served as a race director for the Keith Nintzel Memorial 5k.  Ryan is now an assistant coach at Adelphi and a member of the SRC racing team where he is often persuaded into speed eating related contests (post-race of course) .


Casey Barrett
Position: Resident Hippy
High School: Sayville
College: Fordham
Experience: In high school, Casey helped captain Sayville XC to three consecutive county titles.  He currently attends Fordham University where he runs XC and Track for the Rams and likes to grow his hair long when Coach Dewey isn't looking.  You can follow Casey's college running career at: FordhamSports.com


Kevin Beach
Position: World's Narrowest Foot Award Winner
High School: Sayville
College: University of Scranton
Experience: Kevin has been running ever since the picture to the left was taken. He has only grown slightly in that time period. Some of his career highlights include a stint on the Cross Country team at Scranton and a revival of his racing career post-collegiately at the age of 25. He was named GLIRC's Most Improved Runner of 2007 and his rivalry with fellow Scranton alumn Steve Chaklos is well documented in LI running magazine, Footnotes.

Kyle Merber
Position: Chairman of the Message Boards
High School: Half Hollow Hills West
College: Columbia
Experience:Kyle is a sub-4 miler on the Columbia varsity XC and track teams. He was a standout at Hills West, winning numerous awards, including the Millrose Games High School Mile. Kyle's always up for talking about shoes, but his favorite gear might just be his headband. You can follow Merber's college running at GoColumbiaLions.com.


Gus and Sarah
Position: Mannequins
College: Mannequin State University
Experience: Gus and Sarah are the store mannequins.  You can catch them doing their long runs, hill training, tempo runs and fartleks in the Sayville Running Company store window.  Always the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave, these two are an important part of the SRC staff.  Gus is currently the world record holder for the indoor mile by a plastic statue while Sarah has the American Marathon record for immobile objects.

These staff members may have moved on to other exciting things, but they'll always be SRC in our book.


Sean Hopkins
Position: Race Results Expert
High School: Saint Anthony's
College: Marist
Experience: Sean was a stand out runner at St. Anthony's HS before becoming a Red Fox at Marist College.  After college, he returned as a coach to his high school alma matter.  He is currently an assistant coach at Hofstra University. Hopkins is known around the store for his remarkable pace calculation, race results memorization, and facial hair expertise.  Sean currently competes for the Marist Alumni Racing Team and Sayville Running Company team.  
Caitlin Brady
Position: Sock Display Straightener
High School: Sayville
College: Quinnipiac
Experience: Caitlin was an All-State runner at Sayville, before heading to Quinnipiac where she was named North Eastern Conference XC Rookie of the Year.  Caitlin will continue running for the Bobcats while she pursues a degree in physical therapy. Quinnipiac XC/Track

Charlie Millioen
Position: Summer Fling
High School: St. Anthony's
College: Georgetown
Experience: Charlie, a former Footlocker XC Finalist and Georgetown Hoya comes to SRC for the summer of '08. He'll be filling in at the store part time while he gears up to attend law school at the University of San Fransico in the fall. There is a rumor going around that you need to have attended Sayville or St. Anthony's High School to work at SRC, but we can assure you this is merely coincidence. Charlie adds plenty of experience and know-how to the staff, so come meet him before he heads off for the left coast.