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Quality Meets Passion

Our staff is our biggest strength as they are all running gear experts. We have given them the tools to perform a biomechanical analysis as part of our shoe fitting process and they will also draw on their own education and experience to get you set up properly whether you are a beginner or a seasoned marathoner. We spend time finding the most innovative and best products available today from the up-and-coming to the most established brands. This helps us ensure you get the right gear every time!

Blacktoe Store

Lisa-Marie Bianchi

Assistant Manager

Lisa-Marie is Assistant Manager at BlackToe Running...the Go-To person acting on behalf of Mike and Maya! She can be found working diligently at the store 5 days a week. Lisa, a dedicated runner, and one of our own BlackToe Race Team members, also trains Clients in strength and conditioning during her off-time. Well versed in our Motion Quest Bio-Mechanical Analysis, Lisa can offer all our customers great advice on running shoes, as well as all running gear.... she will even throw in some tips on proper exercise to help you with your running! Always ready with a big smile, you will leave BlackToe Running feeling like you've made a good friend and wanting to come back to see her!

Ewan Scallion

Sales Associate & Team Lead

Ewan is a mid-distance runner coming from a family of highly competitive athletes. Since graduating from Queen's, he's started to compete in road and trail races, with his favourite trails being the scenic and ones less travelled. "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

Jackie Dupuis

Head Coach, BlackToe Run Club/Race Team

Jackie has toed the line for thirteen marathons including five Bostons and one on inline skates (her fastest yet!). If a marathon isn't hard enough, she has been known to put a wee swim and bike ride in front, resulting in the completion of six Ironman races. As Head Coach of both the BlackToe Run Club and BlackToe Race Team, Jackie's role also includes that of team coordinator, cheerleader and co-conspirator in endurance crimes. Her success in all this is due to her sense of humour, an accumulation of twelve years of coaching experience and a Registered Kinesiologist designation. Outside of coaching and staying fit, she can be found hanging with her very supportive husband and family.

Darren Weldrick

Sales Associate

Darren has been running for many years and continues to perform at an elite level in the masters category at pretty much every distance. He really is someone who has made running his life, traveling all over for races and even operating his own personal coaching business. He continues to be a central figure in the Toronto running scene and if you are into music, you have likely seen Darren at a local concert.

Sasha Jennings

Sales Associate

Sasha is a long distance runner, and prefers to do that running on a trail! Always keen to know more about the world of running, Sasha is hoping to one day study psychology and kinesiology. Juggling work, school, and the challenges of being a young mom, Sasha's number one fan (and frequent ride-along companion) continues to be her young son, Alistair!

Maddy Kelly

Sales Associate

Maddy is a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Track and Cross Country teams. Her time in the sport of track and field has allowed her to meet great people, travel to new places, and discover her own potential! Maddy's favourite event is the 800m, but sometimes she'll try a Sunday morning long run with the distance junkies!

Jeremy Rae

Sales Associate

Jeremy has been a runner since he realized he was too small to make the NHL! A four-time all-American while at the University of Notre Dame, and three-time Canadian national team member, he brings a great deal of competitive racing experience to BlackToe Running. When not working, he’s either in school, out running, cycling, or trying to find Toronto’s best Belgian-style beers!

Kasha Huk

Assistant Coach, BlackToe Run Club

Kasha is an avid runner who has raced every distance from 5 km to Marathon and loves destination races. In addition to being Assistant Coach for the BlackToe Run Club, she is an active member of the BlackToe Race team and is always out at local races cheering or racing. In addition to racing, cheering and coaching, Kasha is also very active in the Muay Thai scene here in Toronto. Now, if you can nail down her accent, then you really know Kasha!

Galan Yousuf

Sales Associate

Galan is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he was a member of the Varsity Blues Cross Country and Track And Field Teams. Now busy with part time coaching, and working full time at the Ontario Science Centre, Galan helps out at the store, whenever he can! Running provides a real escape for Galan, who particularly loves to run races of 10 km and under. But having said that, he one day hopes to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! Galan loves the feeling of pushing yourself to the point during a race, where you second guess whether you will be able to finish... Favourite quote by Steve Prefontaine: "The best pace is a suicide pace, and today feels like a good day to die."

Mike Anderson

Co-Owner

Mike is half of the dynamic married team of Mike and Maya (often referred to as "M&M" by those who know them...). A banker until 2013 when the running business became his full-time passion, Mike is backed by an MBA and seventeen years experience with two major Canadian financial institutions. He spent ten years as a commercial lender and seven years as a senior project leader in risk management. An energetic and committed team leader, he has successfully designed, launched and managed major global initiatives. Mike is an avid runner who has completed numerous races, including four of the six major world marathons with only London and Tokyo remaining on his bucket list. He is well connected within the running community, and is a familiar face around the store and at local running events!

Maya Anderson

Co-Owner

Maya, the other half of "M&M", has been a runner in some form or another since her years in high school track & field. Along with Mike, Maya has always had the desire to work for herself, and to be her own boss. Maya has over twenty-five years combined experience in the fields of engineering, procurement and logistics. In order to work full-time on BlackToe Running, Maya left her corporate job in 2015, where she lead the procurement and logistics teams at IMAX Corporation. Her work there included participation in global projects for ground-breaking product innovations. Maya has held previous positions with industry-leaders, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bombardier Aerospace and MCW Consultants. Maya has competed in numerous half-marathons and looks forward to one day completing her first full marathon, with the support of the BlackToe Race Team of course! Most days, Maya is busy taking care of business at "BlackToe Head Quarters" (aka home office!) and most evenings/ weekends, you can catch Maya at the store, being the "running mom" to BlackToe team members and customers alike!

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