About Us

We are all born to move

As an icon of the Lower Mainland athletic scene since 1978, Rackets and Runners has helped generations of athletes achieve their fitness goals. Whether you're serving an ace, traipsing through Pacific Spirit Park, or training for the Sun Run we are passionate about helping people live better, healthier, more active lives. We are dedicated to providing the very best in rackets, runners, apparel and more.

Meet The Team

Our exceptional customer care is a point of pride for us. Our staff are knowledgeable, attentive and passionate about finding you the right product and inspiring you to live your very best active life.

Vanda

Expertise: Footwear
Favourite product: Sugoi Versa Jacket
Favourite Athlete: Babe Didrikson
Tidbit: Vanda became the owner of Rackets and Runners in 1998, but was first a customer of the store when she was 14. You’ll often find Vanda gallivanting through Pacific Spirit Park with Zuzu in tow.

Nadia

Expertise: Footwear
Favourite product: Sport Suds (removed mold from my son’s 3 month old football pants)
Favourite Athlete: Terry Fox
Tidbit: A volunteer youth baseball coach for over 15 years in East Vancouver, Nadia’s our store sweet-heart and most raved about in our customer reviews.

Kevin

Expertise: A renaissance man, an expert in all facets of Rackets and Runners
Favourite product: Kneissl Twin Star Mid Tennis Racket
Favourite Athlete: Björn Borg
Tidbit: KC has graced the R&R floor since 1997, one of our longest standing employees. He also earned 4 stitches returning a serve (with his own racket).

Bryan

Expertise: Rackets
Favourite product: Nike Court Ballistic 4.3
Favourite Athlete: Joe Sakic
Tidbit: The Head of our Racket Department, over the course of his career, Bryan has strung close to 75,000 rackets.

Hernan

Expertise: Rackets & Footwear
Favourite product: Stan Smith
Favourite Athlete: Roger Federer
Tidbit: A man of great taste, avid tennis and soccer player, Hernan represented University of Alberta collegiately in tennis during his undergrad and has brewed his own spanish cider, Nutra Sidra.

Dave

Expertise: Rackets & Footwear
Favourite product: Tough call, BodyGlide or Tennis Ball Saver
Tidbit: Dave’s seen two generations of R&R, previously working here during the 90’s and like the backstreet boys, came back and has since been a stalwart of our crew. Dave once fit Jet Li for a pair of shoes, his shoe of choice was the all black New Balance 990’s.

Liz

Expertise: Footwear
Favourite product: My Lacrosse Ball- simple massage tool!
Favourite Athlete: Desiree Linden
Tidbit: Oak Street Run Club coach, Liz, ran her best marathon time on 3 hours of sleep.

Justin

Expertise: Footwear
Favourite product: Nike Pegasus 29
Favourite Athlete: Seb Coe
Tidbit: In 2019, Justin became the first local to win the Sun Run since 1992.

Kai

Expertise: Rackets
Favourite product: Hyper G or Yonex Ezone 98
Favourite Athlete: Nick Kygrios
Tidbit: Kai Discovered tennis when he moved to Vancouver, he currently trains out of the Surrey Tennis Center.

Koby

Expertise: Rackets
Favourite product: Pro staff Autograph Laver Cup Edition 2019
Favourite Athlete: Rafael Nadal
Tidbit: Koby is a competitive Tennis player.

Suzi

Expertise: Clothing
Favourite product: The Stick (massage tool)
Favourite Athlete: Tiger Woods
Tidbit: Suzi has a knack for finding you the perfect tennis outfit, and rarely misses greeting a new customer in the store.

Luca

Expertise: A bit of everything, a new era renaissance man if you will.
Favorite Product: Yonex Super Grap (easy)
Favorite athlete: Zinedine Zidane
Tidbitl: Originally from Hawaii, Luca moved to Vancouver for the meters of snow and acres of skiing at Whistler, (decided going to school at UBC would be a good idea as well).

Nattie

Expertise: Rackets
Favourite product all time? Mizuno Wave Sayonara 1 and 2
Favourite athlete all time? Justin Henin
Interesting tidbit? Nattie's favourite after-school hang out as a kid was a local pro shop in Hong Kong Island, where she watched a female crew stringing away while snacking on some of her favourite street foods like fish balls

Lucas

Expertise: Rackets
Favourite product: Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 Classic.
Favourite Athlete: Gustavo Kuerten (Guga) and Ayrton Senna.
Tidbit: At the age of 10, inspired by Gustavo Kuerten, Lucas started playing tennis in his friend’s backyard with a frescobol beach paddle and a wire and wood net.

Max

Expertise: Rackets
Favourite product all time? Assorted Dampeners
Favourite athlete all time? Reggie Bush & Derek Jeter
Interesting tidbit? Studied Sport Management at Brock University.

Megan

Expertise: Footwear
Favourite product all time? Features Socks
Favourite athlete all time? Alex Morgan
Interesting tidbit? Was coached by Nadia in baseball for 5 years, and years later is now coaching alongside her!

Zuzu

Expertise: Greeting 2- and 4-legged customers
Favourite product: All brands of tennis balls
Tidbit: Zuzu is originally from rural Nova Scotia but now calls Vancouver home. She loves long walks in Pacific Spirit Park and the occasional staff lunch.

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