Pat and Jan Sweeney
It all started back in 1993 when Pat called me at work to say, “I know what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives”. Honestly, I wondered if he had been drinking but he had, in fact, just visited Fleet Feet Adams Morgan in Washington DC (we lived in a suburb there at the time). About a year later, we sold our house, put our yellow lab in our SUV and drove across country to buy Fleet Feet Sacramento and have never looked back. Within that year we took ownership of the store (April 1, 1995), had a son (now off to college at ASU), added an events business (2003) then a training division (2004). When we bought the store we had 4 employees and now with nearly 40 store staff, 30 coaches, and over 30 event crew, we are amazed at how much activity goes on in this building and that we get to call this “work.” We LOVE northern California, our Sacramento Kings, our extended family of staff and loyal customers, and Sacramento, the best city in the state.
As for running, Pat is the serious athlete in the family, one who thrives on competition; I run so I can be with my girlfriends, relieve stress, and drink wine without too much guilt. Pat started running at age 13 and it quickly became his passion. He went from track to longer distance running and triathlon in his 30’s and has completed 8 Ironman triathlons, including 3 Ironman Kona finishes. He was sidelined in 2011 when he fell off our roof, breaking his femur, so his comeback, like so many folks over 50, is a work in progress. His favorite running memory is, “crossing the finish line in my first marathon (Marine Corp) in 2:57 and having to be carried to the car. Hey, my long run was 14 and my weekly mileage was about 25. I don’t recommend that training plan. Also, just about any training run is my favorite run.”
I’ve been playing sports my entire life- high school tennis player, avid downhill skier in college, and always “jogged” for fitness but I never considered myself a runner. Once we moved into the Fleet Feet world I caught the fever and have completed numerous half marathons, two California International Marathons (thanks to our training groups), and now love trail running (if you run our Blood, Sweat, & Beers trail run, you’ll know why). My favorite running memory is coming up over the hill at mile 10 of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, seeing the expanse of the Pacific Ocean ahead, and feeling like I could run forever.