Tim and Jill Murphy are longtime runners who, for years, found themselves frustrated with the scarcity of resources for runners in the Pioneer Valley. After many years of “wouldn’t it be nice if we opened a store…” conversations over dinner, on long runs, on the chairlift, and on road trips, they finally decided to bring Fleet Feet Sports to the Pioneer Valley.
Why Fleet Feet Sports? Because the mission and vision of Fleet Feet Sports fit so nicely with theirs: to motivate, educate, and unite runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, providing each and every person we work with the tools and encouragement they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
They wanted to create a place for runners and walkers to meet with other runners and walkers, to have access to coaching and training to help them meet their goals, and to have all the latest and greatest gear available to them. And so Fleet Feet Sports Longmeadow was born!
Tim and Jill are both lifelong Massachusetts residents; Jill originally from Groton, MA and Tim from nearby Townsend, MA. They now reside in Wilbraham with their 3 teenagers, Hailey, Hunter, and Jake, who you’ll often see helping out at races and training run water stops!
In addition to running, they love to spend time outdoors together and with their family – hiking, rollerblading, skiing, and snowboarding (which their kids made them try…). They’ve worked together as a team at the store to create an energetic, yet comfortable, setting that many in the community are proud to call their “running home”. Jill’s passion is the coaching she does with the store’s many training groups and Tim’s favorite part of the job is getting involved in the variety of community events that Fleet Feet Sports Longmeadow has been honored to be a part of.
Now several years later, Tim and Jill continue to enjoy working with the community, holding training groups, and getting to hear all the great stories that customers bring with them!