Who We Are

Letter From the Owners, Steve and Jennifer Carter:  

Jennifer and I are excited to be part of the Chattanooga community.  Fleet Feet Sports Chattanooga opened on March 3, 2016.  We’re passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals, and opening my own Fleet Feet store is a dream come true. This is something I have wanted to do since the age of 15.  I have worked in the running specialty industry for over 14 years and I am excited that Chattanooga is now, home.  I never get tired of hearing "Welcome to Chattanooga".

I started running in 1981 at the age of 14, at the encouragement of my long time friend, Dink Taylor.  Eventually Dink and I would work together for 11 years at Fleet Feet Huntsville.  He and his wife Suzanne as the owners and I served as the General Manager.  I made the decision to venture out on my own with Fleet Feet Sports and Chattanooga was at the top of the list of possible destinations.

Jennifer and I ran our first race together after dating for only a month.  We have both ran distances up to 50K.  While I have more of the retail background,  Jennifer has coached many runners over the years, from assistant coaching at Jacksonville State University to coaching beginning 5K runners up to Marathon runners.  We have both served as high school cross country and track coaches.  Jennifer's full time job is an X-ray technologist.  She heads up our training programs at Fleet Feet Sports Chattanooga.

We live on Signal Mtn. and our 19 year old son Davis, graduated from Signal Mtn. High school and is attending UTC.  He ran on the cross country and track team.  Davis basically grew up in Fleet Feet, spending many days at work and after school with me.  Davis works part time at Fleet Feet Chattanooga.

Meet the Staff

Christian Thompson | Manager

Christian is from Candor, NY. He attended the University of Colorado, majoring in International Affairs and Spanish. Well. I guess you could say he majored in running, and minored in the others. Christian competed in two sprint triathlons, a number of half marathons and four 26.2 marathons. He won the Junior Nationals Snowshoeing Championship twice. The first bike ride Christian went on in Chattanooga, he crashed. He like wearing short shorts, eating multiple ham sandwiches throughout the day, and beer. 

Davis Carter | FIT Specialist

Davis is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As a former cross country runner at Signal Mountain High School, Davis' knows the impact of finding the right shoe for every foot. He is a fitting wiz, and is always happy to accommodate our customers needs and dreams.

David Pharr | FIT Specialist

David is an avid trail and ultra runner that is the father of four awesome kids. He is a running success story, having lost over 100 pounds running. David loves to help beginner runners get started, or more experienced runners reach new distance goals of a marathon, 50k, 50 miler, or even 100 miler. He loves running the trails around Chattanooga, especially Lookout Mountain. 

Jessica Marlier | FIT Specialist

Shannon Sharp | FIT Specialist

As a lover of all things trail and ultra running, moving to the mountains was inevitable. What's more, as a former employee at Fleet Feet Nashville, joining the team at Fleet Feet Chattanooga was a perfect fit! With regard to my academic background, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Health at Tennessee Technological University, and a Master of Science in Exercise Science at Middle Tennessee State University. My racing ventures include three finishes at the Barkley Fall Classic 50K; back-to-back wins, and one course record at the Jackal Marathons; one finish at the Georgia Death Race 68ish miler; one finish at Lookout Mountain 50 Miler, and pacing a "Grand Slammer" at Western States 100 and Wasatch 100.

Steven LaMar FIT Specialist

Steven is  from Huntsville, AL (via Nashville/New Hampshire/North Carolina/El Salvador/Portland, OR/Clarksville, TN).  He is also a graduate of the University of Alabama.  Steven started running in 2014, favorite distance is Half marathon, working towards a better full & ultras.  Steve Carter and Steven met at Running for Brews and he helped setup/open Fleet Feet Sports Chattanooga in 2016.  While his full time job keeps him busy as a Compliance Regulator & Assistant Managing Broker at Keller Williams Realty, Steven loves helping out on nights and weekends and running with the training groups.



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