Valerie Weilert, Athletic Footwear Designer
Valerie Weilert is a footwear designer at Brooks Sports, a performance running shoe company based in Seattle Washington. At Brooks, Valerie is responsible for their competition line that focuses on racing product such as track spikes and lightweight flats for cross-country and the roads. Her “build-to-learn” philosophy and biomechanics focus has helped create American Record setting spikes that are leading the pack. While responsible for creating innovative footwear each season, she also works closely with the Creative Director on developing runner insights and design language for the brand.
Prior to Brooks, Valerie worked at Wagic Inc., Easton-Bell Sports, and as a motion graphics designer for Transformers and Iron Man 2, and she has created product graphics and illustrations for cycling accessories and helmets. While a student at San Jose State University, Valerie was a scholarship athlete for the Women’s Cross Country team, studied abroad in Germany and contributed to IDSA SJSU student Chapter. Her passion for sport and design lead her to pursue a focused career in performance footwear.When not day dreaming about shoe design, Valerie can be found on the local roads running with her club team, working on her new home in Seattle, or swimming in the indoor pool to avoid the rain.
Meghan Lyle, Lead Coach at Airvale, MPH, RDN, CD
Meghan Lyle, MPH, RDN has six years’ experience working with clients to optimize health through personalized, evidence-based nutrition counseling. She was previously the Lead Dietitian at Lifelong, a Seattle nonprofit, where she led a team that provided individualized nutrition therapy and a mobile cooking and nutrition program around the county. In her current role she is a Lead Health Coach at Arivale, a Seattle-based scientific wellness company. Arivale combines an in-depth look at DNA, blood, saliva and lifestyle data with evidence-based coaching to help clients achieve their wellness goals. In this role she has worked with competitive athletes to optimize their health and reach training and competitive goals. She has spoken at conferences and private organizations on the subjects of nutrition, inflammation, healthy aging, management of chronic disease, and more.
Her personal foray into the field of nutrition came during her start as a competitive runner at the University of Washington, where she saw directly the impact of good nutrition on athletic performance. A late bloomer, she walked on to the team as a senior and borrowed spikes for her first race. She surprised herself (and her team) with a strong season, running third for her team at the NCAA Division I XC Champs and was named 'Most Valuable Newcomer' by her team. After this brief taste of competitive running, she found a group of like-minded individuals in Club Northwest and continued to train, specializing in longer distances. She has a PR ofin the marathon, which she hopes to best after her second son is born. She's counting on some stroller running to help get her back in shape!
Ruth Perkins, Coach & Personal Trainer at Perkins Coaching
US Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier, and Retreat Sponsor
Emma Polley, US Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier