Meet Our staff

Knowledgeable and friendly, our staff is passionate about our sport.  Every member of the Runners’ Retreat staff is trained and ready to help you find the right shoes or insoles for your feet whether you walk, run, or spend a lot of time on your feet.

Meet Our stafF

Knowledgeable and friendly, our staff is passionate about our sport.  Every member of the Runners’ Retreat staff is trained and ready to help you find the right shoes or insoles for your feet whether you walk, run, or spend a lot of time on your feet.

From Our Customers

What a GREAT buying experience for an investment in my feet! The sales lady was not pushy. She was more interested in finding the perfect shoe to suit me. I loved my Altras’ so much I walked out the store with mine on my feet. I’m looking forward to walking without feet, leg, or back problems!

Wendy S.

The team patiently helped me sort through at least 10 pairs of shoes before finding the right ones, and let me take them for a test spin down the walking mall before buying them! They offer a 30 day trial period, as well, which is great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable! I look forward to going back next time I need gear!

Danielle G.

Thanks to Chuck for working with me on getting into a new pair of Hoka’s. Product knowledge and customer service was great!

Jeremiah D.

Mark Stickley, Owner

Mark brings a wide range of experience to Runners’ Retreat. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 (don’t be surprised by any vocal pro-VT sentiment). While at Tech, he set the (still standing) record in the 10,000 and qualified to the US Olympic trials. He qualified to the Olympic Trials 4 times during his professional career. In 2005, he was inducted to the Tech Hall of Fame. In addition to leading his Runners’ Retreat staff, Mark also coaches the boy’s cross country at Handley High School. He’s married to Beth and has 3 kids.

Personal Records:

  • Marathon: 1988 Houston Marathon, 2:17:13
  • Half Marathon: 1986 Philadelphia Distance Run, 1:02:19
  • 15 Kilometers: 1984 Jacksonville River Run, 43:19
  • 10,000 meters (track): 1984 USA National Championships, 28:45:97

Glen Tortorella

Glen is one of the fastest men in the Winchester area. At 50 years old, he regularly wins his age group at races if not the race itself. When Glen isn’t running or working at Runners’ Retreat, he’s probably helping his wife home school his 5 daughters. 

    Danielle Fincham

    After graduating from Liberty University, Danielle is working toward earning her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She  enjoys running sprints, lifting weights, and doing high intensity workouts which focus on heart rate training.  She can beast through some crazy cross-fit-style workouts with the best of them. When she’s not lifting or working at Runners’ Retreat, you’ll probably find Danielle visiting a local coffee shop, enjoying the outdoors, or creating healthy recipes. 

    Tony Pangle

    Tony is an avid local runner who has completed 8 marathons since he picked up running 6 years ago. He’s been an athlete all his life, but has found running and helping people run to be his passion. In addition to leading our group runs, he also founded the Stephens City Second Milers in 2016 – charity organization that helps provide shoes for orphans in developing nations.

    Justin Mehrer

    Justin is a graduating senior at Shenandoah University studying Biology and Exercise Science. He is a team captain for his University’s XC/Track teams where he competes in middle events. With a PR of 4:21 in the mile and 9:29 in the 3000M Steeplechase, Justin has totaled 9-All Conference awards. When he’s not running or studying, Justin loves spending time playing videogames or on his road bike. He is also currently applying to graduate schools for a PhD in Applied Physiology.

    Chelsea Hepner

    Chelsea graduated from West Virginia University where she majored in communication studies and participated in the university’s equestrian team. Though she’d rather let her horses run for her, Chelsea loves helping people run better by working as our marketing and social media specialist.

    Come Visit Us!

    Ready to get started on your fitness journey? Come stop by! We are located in Downtown Winchester, VA on the Walking Mall near the Braddock St. Auto Park. If you have any questions about our store or our products, please give us a call at (540) 665-8394 or contact us!

    Come Visit Us!

    Ready to get started on your fitness journey? Come stop by! We are located in Downtown Winchester, VA on the Walking Mall near the Braddock St. Auto Park. If you have any questions about our store or our products, please give us a call at (540) 665-8394 or contact us!