Our Amazing Team

Rachel Baptista

Fit Specialist

Favorite place you have raced? The Armory in New York! It just felt so surreal running on the same track as so many amazing runners had raced on before me. Plus, that sound of feet pounding an indoor track is so intense!

Favorite hobby? I am a huge Belieber, so I listen to a lot of J Biebs and hang out with my English Bulldog Chunky.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? Oh man that is so hard! I think I’ll have to go with the trusty Maudie’s on Lake Austin Boulevard. I go there about twice a week and order the exact same thing!

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? I usually have about 3-4 pairs in rotation. Putting on a different pair than I wore the day before makes me feel more jazzed up to get out the door.

Bio: I got in to running because I wanted to get in shape for soccer my junior year of high school. I quickly realized that running was where my passion lived and ended up going to the University of Colorado for college. After a much needed break from demands of college running and injuries, I decided to try and run a marathon. I fell in love with running high mileage and qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials running 2:33 in the Houston Marathon. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Sara Grissom

Creative Designer, Fit Specialist

Favorite place you have raced? Camp Eagle near Rocksprings, Texas. Being there made me feel like a kid at summer camp again.

Favorite hobby? I basically collect hobbies and couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried. I recently took up bouldering as cross-training for running and now I’m surprisingly obsessed with it. I also draw, paint, and do crafts. And of course, I’m a huge nerd who loves a good tabletop game.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? 24 Diner. Their entire menu is amazing!

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? I typically have about four or five in rotation at any given time, but I’ve been known to play favorites.

Bio: I first got into running back in 2013 while going to grad school in Boston. Since then, I have raced a wide range of distances, from the mile up to the marathon. Now I’m setting my sights on ultramarathons after discovering my love of trail running here in Austin. Before joining the team at Ready to Run, I got my start fitting people for running shoes at City Sports and Luke’s Locker, and have enjoyed helping runners of all skill levels.

Rory Tunningley


Favorite place you have raced? I went to college at the University of Texas and we raced a cross country meet at Princeton University. Besides it being rainy and cold it was a beautiful campus and cool place to be for the weekend.

Favorite hobby? I love going to the movies and eating at new restaurants.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? Ramen Tatsu-ya…it’s the best go and try it!

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? I’m a shoe nerd and love to run in as many shoes as I can so I can have personal experience in them. It helps me when I am assisting customers to find the right shoe!

Bio: I have been running competitively since I was 10. I am a two-time Texas state champion in the 3200 and Cross Country. I ran cross country and track at the University of Texas at Austin and I qualified for the Olympic marathon trials in 2016.

Enrique Castillo

Assistant Manager

Favorite place you have raced? Muleshoe Bend in Spicewood, TX.

Favorite hobby? Outside of running I enjoy hanging out with my dog, listening to live music, creating music and reading.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? Easy Tiger. They have my favorite sandwich in Austin.

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? 3-4. A few for trails, a few for roads.

Bio: I started running in 7th grade and I’ve been running ever since. I recently got into ultramarathons after watching the documentary on the Barkley Marathons. I moved to Austin in 2016 and have never experienced such a large and supportive running community.

Charles Russell

Fit Specialist

Favorite place you have raced? My favorite two races were one with friends through Central Park & my first Marathon in Austin.

Favorite hobby? Reading nonfiction, drinking good Italian coffee, eating chocolate and yard work.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? Chez Zee & North Restaurants

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? I know I have access to as many shoe options as I want but I prefer to stick to one model. I usually have about 8 pairs of that one model though!

Bio: I have lived in Austin since 1981. A friend introduced me to running in 1978 and it has been a favorite past time of mine ever since. I believe the key to a long and healthy life is to never stop moving and eat one piece of chocolate every day…at least!

Amy Magness

Fit Specialist

Favorite place you have raced? Marathon, TX. The scenery in west Texas, while desolate, is by far the best.

Favorite hobby? Traveling, running, biking, and taking my paddle board out.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? Gabriela’s downtown. Their Sunday brunch is such a good time!

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? I usually have 2 pairs of running shoes in rotation. However, I have a shoe for every activity (lifting, biking, cross training, etc.)

Bio: I grew up playing sports and tend to be competitive at most everything except running. Running for me is a way to decompress from the daily hustle and bustle of life. It wasn’t until moving to Austin in 2012 that I found my love for running and have since completed two marathons, a handful of half marathons, and numerous other races.

Bill Stone

Board Certified Pedorthist

Favorite place you have raced? Ironman Austria. Picturesque scenery, fast course and the whole town partied long into the night till the last athlete crossed the finish line.

Favorite hobby? Being a working dad and husband it is difficult to find any extra time for myself, so I try to ride my road bike or MTB as much and as fast as I can. Music is something I have always loved and it seems there is no better time than now to see so many great live concerts in our city. I try to attend a show every couple months.

Favorite restaurant in Austin? Wow, there are so many! My current favorite is Eurasia in Oak Hill. I really like the Flying Noodle ramen soup and sushi of course. Our family loves to cook, so when we occasionally want take-out it’s usually Torchy’s or P-Terry’s.

How many running shoes do you usually rotate around? I’ve always recommended having three kinds of running shoes – a light pair, a long distance trainer and a pair for the trails. You will, in essence, become three different people to keep things fun! I like shoes that feel natural and disappear on my feet. I currently really like the New Balance Beacon as a casual shoe. When I run these days it’s usually on technical trails in the Saucony Guide ISO or Altra Lonepeak.

Bio: : I started riding motorcycles at a very young age then raced in the golden era of motocross in California till I was eighteen. While in college I worked at an original Fleet Feet store and started doing more endurance events. This led to many road marathons, trail ultra marathons and Ironman triathlons. I became a Pedorthist in 2001 after being frustrated with running shoes and how they work against our bodies. Since then I have been privileged to help thousands of people to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Whether that was being able to walk the dog again, making the school team, crossing that first finish line, making someone feel better after a life-changing event, win a world championship or even a few gold medals – I’ve strived to do my best with each and every one of them.