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Our Staff

The Founders

RobRob DeFilippis Founder of Runner’s High – Metuchen/Co-Founder RH-Freehold is a certified USATF Level I Track and Field Coach. He is a former NCAA Division I Cross Country and Track athlete at the University of Maryland. He is the current coach of Red Bank Catholic High School, where in 2011 his girl’s 4 x800 relay  team captured the Indoor National Championship running the 3rd fastest time in US history. Rob is also a 2 time  NJ State Indoor Coach of  the year and multiple time Shore Conference Coach of the year in xc and track. His personal bests include a 2:41 Marathon, a 15:03 5K and a 31:40 10K.

Rob and his wife Christy, also an avid runner, spend as much time as they can at the Jersey Shore with their kids Katelin, Connor and their boxer Leo.

CraigCraig Segal Co-Founder of Runner’s High – Freehold began running at the tender age of 11 and hasn’t looked back since. From humble beginnings, Craig proved that hard work and dedication to running can indeed pay off. He climbed the running ranks through his high school years as a Holmdel Hornet and went on to Villanova University where he continued to thrive and develop as a runner.Competing as a grad student at Monmouth University capped off Craig’s collegiate running career and it was a seamless transition into road racing.Donning the Runner’s High racing singlet, Craig has run plenty of races over the past years boasting several PRs, first place finishes, and two top 10 finishes at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2008 and 2009 , all while working a full-time desk job. Craig holds personal bests of 14:35 (5k), 30:42 (10k), 1:08:20 (1/2 Marathon), and 2:25:09 (Marathon).Running gave so much to Craig so it was only natural that he ditch the daily grind to pursue his goal of owning and operating a successful running store.

JimJim Segal, Co-Founder of Runner’s High – Freehold
discovered running later on in life. A lawyer by trade, Jim picked up running in his early 40’s, when he made the move to a house conveniently situated on the border of Holmdel Park. Within the first few years of running, Jim quickly turned from a hobby-jogger, into a force to be reckoned with on the road racing circuit. During his 20+ years of running, he has taken numerous age group awards, most recently of which was the 2011 Rock N’ Roll Philadelphia ½ Marathon 60-65 age group crown. Jim boasts personal bests of 1:27:41 in the ½ marathon, and 3:12:06 in the marathon (Boston ‘10). Want to learn a few things about age adjusted results? Just ask Jim – he will tell you all about them!!

The Staff

Brian Shea – Owner & Head Coach of www.PersonalBestNutrition.com  Brian comes to Runner’s High with a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach and consultant. For over 25 years, he has competed in all levels of endurance sports from 5K to Ultra-marathon to the Ironman Hawaii Triathlon (2.4 mile Swim + 112 mile Bike + 26.2 mile Run). Brian’s holds personal bests of 16:24 (5k), 1:17:50 (1/2 Marathon), 2:49 (NYC Marathon) & a 9:31 Ironman Triathlon which included a 3:18 marathon off the bike.

On the coaching side, Brian is a certified triathlon and running coach, specializing in training and sports nutrition programs for athletes ranging from beginner to professional. Some of the athletes whom Brian has developed nutritional programs include:

  • Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor
  • Ironman 70.3 World Champions Terenzo Bozzone & Julie Dibens
  • Ironman Arizona & ITU World Champion Leanda Cave
  • 5x World Champion Simon Lessing
  • Ironman Canada/Arizona & ITU World Champion Jordan Rapp
  • 5x Ironman Champion Heather Gollnick as well many others.

If you have a question about racing or training nutrition or want to spend a few hours chatting about triathlon, Brian is your man!

photo (13)Julian Fensterheim has been working at Runner’s High Metuchen since 2007. A former varsity track and cross country runner for the town’s high school, he set a personal best of 4:23 in the 1600 which remains the indoor record (for now). Julian graduated from MHS in 2009 and has since joined the Triathlon Team at Rutgers University where he studies political science, psychology, and music. He hopes to one day participate in an Ironman competition!
MikeMike Mooney has been running for over 40 years. After competing in both cross country & track at the HS & college level, he continues to compete of the Master’s level running many of the local races on the Jersey Shore. He won his Age Group at the USATF State Championship 10 miler (55-59), in 2011, then won his Age Group at the USATF Indoor State Championship 1500m (5:01) earlier this year. He won the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix for his Age Group (55-59), having won his A/G @ Spring Lake 5M, George Sheehan Classic, Belmar 5M, & Pier Village 5K, finishing 2nd at Asbury Park 5k. He also won the Cape May 10K in 1998. His personal best in the mile is 4:16, 5M (X-C) 24:48, & 5K (Road) 15:41. He competes for Shore A.C., recently receiving Masters Comeback Runner of the Year (2011), along w/ Masters Runner of the Year (2006). He also leads the Thursday Night Group Run at our Metuchen store, where he is BRAND AMBASSADOR.
PetePete Forgach is a life long track junky and has been running competitively since his early teenage years at Red Bank Catholic.  A Long Branch native, Pete took his talents to Monmouth University where he ran for the legendary Hawk coach Joe Compagni. After college, Pete has moved it to the roads where he competes in races ranging anywhere from 5k to the marathon where he holds a best of 2:45:12. You can catch Pete bouncing between both our Metuchen and Freehold shops.
TravisPerhaps the most decorated runner at The High, Travis Mahoney brings a wealth of knowledge to the shop.  Combining his exercise science degree from Temple University, with his experience of running at a high level professionally, collegiately and at high school (Old Bridge High School ’08) allows Travis to put his academic expertise into practice. A member of the New Jersey/New York Track Club, Travis currently competes and trains with some of the best Track & Field athletes the East Coast has to offer.  Boasting a personal best of 8:30 for the 3,000m steeplechase, 3:58 for the Mile and 7:52 for the 3k, Travis has competed at the most recent Olympic Trials & USA National Championships.
EmilyThe newest of the staffers to join us at Runner’s High, Emily Bracher comes to us via our shop’s hometown of Freehold.  A current standout at Freehold Township High School, she has developed into one of the Shore Conference’s brightest middle distance stars. In her young career, Emily has already anchored the Freehold Township HS 4x800m relay to both a Meet of Champions title and All-American status at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals.  Holding personal bests of 2:11 in the 800m and 4:59 in the 1,600m, we are excited to see what the next two years holds for Emily on the oval!


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