Lesley Holleman joined Fleet Feet Jackson early on and helped it become the hub for runners and walkers alike that it is today. Originally from Baton Rouge, Lesley went to Delta State and walked on the Cross Country team her senior year. An active runner and exercise enthusiast, Lesley has completed seven marathons including the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and countless area 5 & 10K's and half-marathons.
Matthew Holleman grew up in Jackson and attended St. Andrews and Jackson Prep. After graduating from Ole Miss, Matthew was introduced into running by Lesley and has been on board ever since.
What makes Fleet Feet Different? “Our focus is on our customers, our community, and service. We want to educate our customers and serve our community through running.”
Favorite Running Essential? Garmin Fenix
Favorite Race? Lesley: “MS Blues Marathon. I’ve watched it grow from 60 people on the Trace to the Premiere Downtown Jackson Event it is today.” Matthew prefers Fleet Feet’s own: Blue Mile
Best Post-Run Food? Soulshine Pizza
Best Spot to Run? Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail. Start from Fleet Feet of course!
Peter likes running and tying shoe laces.
A Belhaven University runner, Peter Davis loves running out on any trail he can get his feet on. He is the cross-country coach at St. Augustine and trains the Fleet Feet staff on any and all running products. When he's not running, Peter is off making films, writing stories, or some other sort of art project.
Favorite Running Spot? Choctaw Trails and Butts Park
Motivation for Running? "Running is a kind of meditation for me where I can pray, plan out my day, and clear my head. The harder I run, the more focused I become."
Best Post-Run Food? Anything within arm's reach.
Retail Experience Manager
Growing up Clinton, Ben has been involved in the running and triathlon community for years. An IronMan finisher, mountain biker, and ultra-runner, Ben McDonald loves tackling new distances and better P.R.’s. He currently lives in Brandon with his wife Taylor.
Motivation For Running? I run because God gave me that ability and desire and I want to do it as long as He allows.
What makes Fleet Feet Unique? "Locally Owned and Nationally Known"
Favorite running music? I don’t run with music. I like to hear whats going on around me, the wind, my feet hitting the ground, my breathing, etc.
Tanya has always been doing something sports related. In 2012, she went through several surgeries that risked her life and she decided to start running to maintain good health. That’s when she found Fleet Feet and has been running with us ever since.
Motivation for Running? Because I can. You only get one body, and it’s very easy to take it for granted.
What makes Fleet Feet a unique place? We are a family and we truly care about our customers.
Best Post-Run Food? Michelob Ultra and a greasy hamburger.
Jeff grew up in Raymond and served 26 years in the NAVY. While at sea for eight months at a time, he would run on the treadmill despite the ship pitching back and forth. Having completed over 50 marathons, Jeff is an ultra-runner who favorite distance is the 50k.
What makes Fleet Feet so unique? The personal attention you get once you walk into our doors. Our Fitid process is so unique and helps the customer to understand our attention to detail for putting them into the correct shoe.
Favorite Local Race? Ways Bluff 50K in Canton. The team of runners that put on this race do an AWESOME job.
Favorite Running Spot? Two places. Butts Park trails and Fleet Feet
Kelly hails from Hazlehurst and Crystal Springs, Mississippi, essentially Copiah County, but presently lives in Ridgeland. Her love for running began at an early age when she would join her dad for his early morning runs before school. She continued running in junior high and high school on the Copiah Academy track teams and began her “recreational running” career as a Mississippi College student on into adulthood.
What makes Fleet Feet Unique? I would not be where I am as a runner if it were not for the role Fleet Feet has played in my life from day one over 15 years ago. There is also a sense of belonging and friendship that is genuine.
Life outside of Fleet Feet? Kelly has been recognized as one of Mississippi’s Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal and she received her undergraduate degree in communications from Mississippi College, where she graduated with honors.
Favorite Running Spot? The Rez - I love running by the water. It’s so peaceful and gives me plenty of “me time” to allow my mind to rest and my body to work.
Business Coordinator/Shoe Buyer
From Clinton, Peter Kazery ran cross country at the University of West Alabama (2009-13). After college, he furthered his studies at Saint Francis University. Since then Peter has killed the MS running scene and has even placed in the Chicago and New York marathons. Peter enjoys coaching and motivating people to run in the community.
Favorite Local Race? BIG BUTTS 50k-100k
Favorite Post-Run Food? Gogurt
Life Outside of Fleet Feet? I enjoy surfing the world wide web, running, swimming, biking, talking smack, destroying people in volleyball, eating food, being outside, and brushing my teeth.
Lynn grew up in Indianola, Mississippi and went to Mississippi State. Her great grandparents opened up the first family shoe store in Yazoo City in 1906. When she was a teenager, she worked at the shoe store some over the summers. After her grandparents passed away, she bought the family shoe store and operated it for two years. Now she manages Fleet Feet inventory, stocking, receiving, and all sorts of other things.
Favorite race? 2012 Fleet Feet 8k Turkey Trot
What makes Fleet Feet different from other stores? The customers! I lovearing customers share their reasons why they run and hike and the seeing the enjoyment they receive from it. I also enjoy seeing friends from my hometown (Indianola) and from where I live (Yazoo City.)
Favorite Running Essential? "Balega socks-They feel like soft cushioned pillows on your feet and they keep the moisture away."
Michael is originally from Atlanta and went to school at UGA. He started running to stop smoking and found out that he really enjoyed it! Having worked at the Bike Rack for over 17 years, Michael can both fit you for shoes and give you some good advice on the bike. Michael also helps pace our triathlon programs.
What makes Fleet Feet Unique? The people who work there create positive vibe and the customers recognize it and appreciate it.
Training Essential? HR Monitor.
Post-Race Food? M & M (Mexican food and Margaritas!)
Born and raised in Madison, Ryan graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School and ran cross country for Mississippi College. Ryan was the State 2A runner-up for Cross Country and State Champion for the 1600 and 3200 his senior year. His future goal is to own and operate his own Fleet Feet store one day.
What makes Fleet Feet unique? The services and tools it provides for the community and they way we help build it through volunteering and sponsorships.
Favorite Running Essential? Running Hat.
What is your favorite Local Race? Run Thru History
Another Mississippi native, William is part of the infamous Kazery running family. Will has won a championship with his cross country team, West Alabama and regularly competes in the local races. He enjoys drinking Coke and sleeping.
Favorite Music? "Depends on the day. I like to match my music to my attitude!"
Best Running Essential? “My Garmin watch. When my watch’s battery dies, I pretty much start walking.”
Life Outside of Fleet Feet? Will is the owner and operator of Kazery Lawn Care. So if you need some landscaping done fast, Will is the man to do it!
Originally from the Delta, Carol has lived in Jackson for the last 30 years. She started running about 6 years ago and recently came to Fleet Feet after retiring from being an oncology/ hematology nurse.
What makes Fleet Feet a unique place? "The level of training that each employee receives to become an expert in fitting shoes and apparel properly.
Best Running Song? Riding Solo
What is your favorite Local Race? Tri to be Ella Strong
Originally from Gulfport, Daniel Burnett kills it on the track and in the classroom. He is a graduate student and ran track for Mississippi College. He loves wearing his Oofos with pretty much anything, but especially after a hard workout.
Best Running Song? Sunday candy (Chance the rapper)
Life Outside of Fleet Feet: Daniel enjoys working out in the gym and reading.
Favorite Running Spot? Downtown Clinton.
Newman Kazery has been running in Jackson since longer than he can remember. Growing up in Clinton, Newman is a MS native who loves participating in the local races, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon. He works in public affairs in the Army National Guard where he does graphic design and videography.
Motivation for running? It clears my mind from things that are going on throughout the day that I may worry about. Also because I like to eat a lot as well.
Favorite Local Race? "My favorite local race would be the Mississippi Blues Half and Full Marathon mainly because I get to see people from all over the country running in a race that is put on to show off the best of what Mississippi has to offer."
Favorite Running Spot? The reservoir, because it’s really pretty and has enough hills for training.
Originally from Meridian, MS, Jasmine graduated from MSU in 2015. Since then she has been studying and working at Fleet Feet. She enjoys Fleet Feet's commitment and focus on customer service and involvement in the community.
Best Running/Workout Song? Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (mostly the guitar solo)
Favorite Post-Run Food? Ice Cold Corona w/ Lime.
Favorite Running Spot? My neighborhood back home!
From Flowood, Abbie attended Northwest Ranking High School, where her best friend convinced her to join cross country and get into running. She continued running and was able to have the opportunity to run for Mississippi College! She graduated from Mississippi College in May 2018 and is finishing her Masters degree in biomedical science at UMMC. Thanks to Fleet Feet, she is still able to be involved with running and the running community even after graduating college!
What makes Fleet Feet Unique? FF is unique because of the team aspect the employees have. Coming in to work is not a burden when you know you can count on your fellow employees to work along side you, support you, and always crack a joke to make the day a little brighter.
Favorite Running Essential? Honestly, its my socks. My mom spoiled me by always buying me great quality running socks and I still will stay up late just to make sure my preferred socks are washed for tomorrow's run.
Favorite local race? I'm awful at picking favorites, but any 5K for a holiday is my favorite because I love celebrating and being able to dress in fun clothes for the run!
Hailing all the way from Long Island, NY, Nicole is currently in school to get her degree in dental hygiene. She's never been big into running, because her main focus is usually lifting weights and some cardio, but she has started running more since working at FF
Life outside of Fleet Feet? School, studying, eating, sleeping and being a mom to the most perfect angel baby, Ella.
Running Essential? Definitely music. I cannot run without it!
Favorite Post-Run Food? Whatever snacks I bought for Ella for that week.
From Roseville Ca, Emma moved out to MS in June of 2018 to start nursing school at MC. She started running in high school where she joined the cross country team. She likes that Fleet Feet focuses on the customer and what they need. They take time to listen to customers and properly fit them.
Life outside of Fleet Feet? "I am finishing up my first year of nursing school. When I'm not studying at a coffee shop, I enjoy being outdoors and trying new things."
Favorite Running Essential? My goodr running glasses, not a fan of the sun in my eyes when I run.
Best Running/Workout Song? Anything by Justin Timberlake.
Kelsey grew up in Clinton, Mississippi, went to Delta State University for 2 years, then transferred to the University of Mississippi, where she graduated. Kelsey helps with our marketing and our funs runs around the city.
Motivation for running? It’s relaxing and gets me ready for the day. Also you get to see some pretty sweet sunrises/sunsets.
Favorite Running Essential? Garmin Watch
What is your favorite Local Race? 12ks for the Holidays
From Brandon, Zack went to Brandon High and got into running through his dad. Finally, a friend of his convinced him to do cross country in high school, and he's been running since!
What makes Fleet Feet unique? Fellow employees are extremely nice and the atmosphere is all about family.
Life outside of Fleet Feet? X-ray Tech school and have a student tech job at St Dominic.
Best Post-Run Food? Pizza.