Meet the Run Gum Team

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We have come together to bring you Run Gum and we couldn't be more excited.  The Run Gum HQ will be where we share our stories, as well as provide you with insights into our products, our company, and our culture.  

Nick Symmonds
One of Run Gum's co-founders, Nick, is a five time USA Champion and a two time Olympian (Beijing, London) in track & field. Though he specializes in mid-distance running, he also has a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Willamette University (class of 2006) that he puts to use daily as he fuels himself in training to make the 2016 Olympic team. An avid outdoorsman and entrepreneur, Nick is constantly on the run and uses Run Gum to assist him in getting through his busy days. Nick's blog focuses on the biophysical benefits of Run Gum and on the process and thrill of starting a new business. 

Sam Lapray
The second half of Run Gum's co-founding team, Coach Sam Lapray has been involved with the development of USA's most elite middle distance runners for over a decade. With a bachelor of science degree in communications with a business focus from Willamette University (class of 1987) as well as a long career as a real estate developer, Sam, brings with him much needed wisdom and experience to the Run Gum team. Sam is also an outstanding husband to his wife Amie and the proud father of five children. Coach Sam's blog focuses on how Run Gum has helped him get back into shape and power through his long days.

Nathan Woods
As chief architect of and head of logistics, Nathan is an invaluable asset at Run Gum. He holds degrees in business administration from the University of Oregon (BS, class of 2009) and sports hospitality from Lasell College (MS, class of 2012). An avid stand-up paddle boarder, Nathan epitomizes the Run Gum way of life. He is married to his beautiful wife Cecilia and the two are expecting their first child this November. His blog will help you better understand the ins and outs of purchasing Run Gum, and he will alert you to great new offers and deals as well as company updates.

John Jefferson
John was an NCAA stand out runner while at Indiana University where he earned a bachelors of science degree in environmental affairs. As a former professional runner and Division I coach, he understands better than anyone how important proper fueling is to a great run. However, it is for his incredible talent behind the lens of a camera that John is most well known. You can find his wonderfully artistic images throughout our website and on social media @rungum. John's blog focuses on running culture and chronicling the Run Gum lifestyle. 

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