- The staff at Vertical Runner takes great pride in providing the highest level of customer service. Every customer is an essential building block in the foundation of our community. We appreciate and value the support of our customers.
After finding myself out of shape and overweight in 2008, I made a snap decision to sign up for The Akron Marathon, without having spent even a mile training for it, in an attempt to turn my health around. That decision, as it turns out, would shape the next 7 years of my life up to this point! I nearly killed myself completing that first marathon, but what I learned about myself and the sport of running during the 6 months of training changed me forever. Having since opened Vertical Runner of Wooster, completed nearly 100 races all over the country ranging in distance from 5k to 100 mile, quitting my job as an engineer to become the Race Director at the Akron Marathon, and meeting more amazing people than I ever thought possible, I would say that I like this new life a whole lot better! I find an incredible amount of inspiration meeting so many new runners in the store, including my wife Tammy who just recently discovered that she too has running talent! Very rarely do I go for a run because I am training for a race, and a lot of times I don’t leave the house with a time or pace goal for a run; I run nearly every day because putting one foot I front of the other makes me happy, and who doesn’t want that? I am extremely thankful for what running has done for me and feel fortunate that through Vertical Runner I have an avenue to show others what it can do for them.
Tammy Polen: As Co-owner and Manager at Vertical Runner of Wooster, you will find me in the store most days making sure the shelves are stocked with the best products in the industry. When we originally opened the store in 2012, I was a self-proclaimed “non-runner”, but after a few years of watching so many locals jump into the running community and accomplish amazing goals, I decided to give it a shot! After completing my first Half Marathon in March and then finishing all three events in the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series this summer and fall, I cannot believe it took so many years for me to get into this great sport! I encourage anyone to at least give the sport a try and love to share my story when a customer walks into the store and announces immediately that they are “not a runner”. My typical response to them is “not yet”!
As the youngest, but possibly most popular, Vertical Runner employee, Beau Polen spends his time running...EVERYWHERE! Allegedly having never taken a walking step in his life, he is very high energy and loves watching his parents race as well as toeing the line himself on occasion. As winner of numerous youth races boasting a 1 Mile PR of 6:32 and a 5k PR in the low 24 min range, he is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to compete at a higher level. You will find him at VR-Wooster most days hanging with Mom or Dad, and is quickly becoming a leader in the local youth running community.
Life long runner & purser of any outdoor human powered adventure. Favorite distance includes 50k, 50M, 100K need to perfect that 100M thing and an Ironman still is on my bucket list. I enjoy helping people choose the correct gear for the activity they wish to pursue. Heading the Thursday Night Trail Runs and exploring Wooster Memorial Park has been an added bonus. I look forward to seeing the Wooster Running Community grow and experience new adventures. O' the muddier the better!
My name is Scott Call and I have been running for almost 5 years now. I got into running to drop some weight and quickly caught the running bug. I find that now I run to keep myself sane! It is a time to clear my mind and focus on pushing myself to reach whatever goal I currently have set. My first full marathon was the Columbus Marathon in 2013. Since then I have run several other full marathons and many half marathons. My favorite distance is the half marathon and I enjoy both road and trail running. What I most enjoy about working at Vertical Runner (as well as pacing on the VR Pace Team) is helping others reach their running goals and achieving new personal bests.
I run to stay in shape, test my limits and provide myself with a small stress reliever. All of these things bringing me pure joy with each run, which is why I keep running! I got into running through peer pressure and it has stuck with me!
I am originally from the Hocking Hills area. Now, Wooster is where I live with my wife (Holly), 2 year old daughter (Rowan) and another girl on the way in March (I'll be outnumbered :))! I enjoy seeing the Wooster running community continue to grow, which is what I love about Vertical Runner. Vertical Runner gives me the chance to meet, guide, and see new people grow in their running, all while giving them a place to come back to and feel welcome sharing experiences.
My favorite distances are more endurance type runs, 25k and beyond. The lone 50k race I have completed was my all-time favorite, and I continue to build on that distance. Hopefully I will complete a 50 miler this coming year. I love the convenience of road running, but I get pure relief and joy from trail running.
Running has been a passion of mine since first being a part of the Orrville Junior High Cross Country team! Through years of ups and downs between personal records and injuries I have found one thing to be true in the sport of running. That is you get out what you put in! Having run both competitively at the High School and Collegiate level I look forward to continuing my competitive running in local road and trail races. But most importantly I hope to be able to apply my past running experiences toward helping young runners, local runners, and customers visiting Vertical Runner. Hopefully I can help make their running experience better or even help get them started as a new runner.
When not at Vertical Runner-Wooster, Brandon can be found outdoors hunting, fishing, or hiking, It is not uncommon for him to cover countless miles through the woods on a weekend tracking wild game, looking for shed deer antlers, or scouting out a new hunting location. While there is rarely enough motivation to get him to go for a run out on the roads, he enjoys romps through the woods at the two local Wooster parks—Memorial Park and Vulture’s Knob. He really enjoys crewing for Ultra Races at venues like Salt Fork State Park, Burr Oak State Park, and Mill Creek Park while stating the most important piece of equipment needed to be a good crew member at a place like that is “your own Fishing pole”! Brandon is currently a Student at the University of Akron, majoring in Special Education.
I have worked at Vertical Runner - Wooster since the store opened in October, 2012. I began running in Jr. High, ran track and cross country at Loudonville High School, ran both in college at BGSU, and continue to run to this day, so I guess you can say I'm a more experienced runner. I have raced anywhere from 5k's through 100 mile ultras and even 48 hour ultra-marathons, both on the road and on the trails. You can find me running on the roads and trails around Loudonville, Ohio and Mohican State Park where I live with my husband, and two dogs "Mo" and "Higan". We are empty nesters as our three sons are all out of the house. My all around favorite running shoes whether road or trail are Hoka's.
Many people like to go for a run, I like to go for a chat and run while I do it! I can't help myself, I love people and love to chat with everyone and anyone who can bring some energy into my life. As a member of the Staff at VR and a part of the Vertical Runner Pace Team, I get my opportunity to be in the mix of a community that I stumbled upon just a few years ago, the running community. Having run a few sub 3hr marathons in the past few years, there's no doubt that I want to find out where I can take my own running passion, but more importantly, I can't wait to help the next customer find out where they can take their passion! Heck, let's talk about it! :)
Hi! I'm Erin Moomaw and am currently a junior at Malone University with a major in physical therapy and a minor in athletic training. I run track and cross country here as well. I forced myself to start running in 2008 and have since fallen in love with it and never looked back. I've been a VR employee since 2013. My all time favorite shoe is the Adidas energy boost. On the top of my bucket list is a marathon.
I run simply put because I love the feeling. Running has provided me with the opportunity to meet incredible people and go to amazing places. I’m from Wooster Ohio, but I am currently running Track and Cross Country for Loyola University Chicago. I stated running in third grade because I had friends in a track club, and I have never looked back. My favorite distances are the 800 and 1600 meter run. The nest part of working at the store is going to local races and meeting people as passionate about running as I am.