Meet Our Experienced Team of Running Enthusiasts
Desiree Van Horn
Desiree has always been active and enjoyed working out but did not start running until 2010 when a friend asked her to run a half marathon. She signed up for a 5k beforehand just to see what a road race felt like and decided if she could do that, she could run a half. Not only did she love it but has run 20 marathons & a lot of obstacle course races, and the Pink Power Sprint Tri! Whenever asked why Desiree works at Lucky Road, she always answers “I married the owner!”. Desiree previously worked in real estate and loved assisting her clients with finding their dream homes, now her focus has shifted in helping people find their dream shoes. Her favorite part of helping people find the right shoe is knowing that she is helping them reach their goals. She loves the relationship building and when they come back and tell us all about their success with races and achieving their personal goals!
Desiree Van Horn
Midlothian, Store Manager
Troy began running at an early age as he ran his first half marathon at age 13 and first full marathon at age 17. He ran track and cross country at Mills Godwin High School and continued running after school down in Florida while working for a local running store and competing in many 5K and 10K races. He moved back to Richmond where he became a certified personal trainer and certified youth and agility coach for the past 8 years. In 2018 he ran his first Boston Marathon and completed his first 50 Mile Ultra Marathon in the Fall. Troy started working for Lucky Road January of 2016 and currently is not only the manager, but also the coach for Lucky Road weekly runs and track workouts from the Midlothian store location.
Fredericksburg, Store Manager
Chris began his running career in middle school and continued running through high school and college. He attended the University of Mary Washington from 2004-2008. He took 6th place at the Historic Half in 2010 with a finish time of 1:18:55. He has completed 5 Marathons (Richmond, NYC, and Boston). Chris joined the Lucky Road family in 2016 when we opened in Fredericksburg. He loves helping the Fredericksburg area running and walking community and wants everyone to run/walk happy and healthy!
Midlothian, Assistant Manager
Levi started working with Lucky Road the summer of 2018 after he graduated from Lynchburg College. He ran track and cross country all four years in college with his favorite distance being the 800m. He currently trains for 5k’s and 10k’s and has a goal to run 100 miles in a week. Levi started working with Lucky Road to give back to the running community and help new and long-term runners.
Michael George started running when he was 35 and since then has completed 25-30 marathons and over 20 ultras. He has been on the Richmond Road Runners board of directors since 1990. You may see him at the finish line of many of the Richmond races as he is the race director of the Patrick Henry Half Marathon and the Turkey Trot and the Start/Finish Line timing coordinator for the Richmond Marathon, Monument Ave. 10k and numerous RRRC events. Michael retired in February of 2018 and immediately started working for Lucky Road providing his expertise and excellent taste in music.
Sarah started running seriously around 2017 to join her husband and calls herself a true “back-of-the-packer”. At first, she did not enjoy running, but it wasn’t until she was persuaded to join a couple of running groups to find her people and her stride. Sarah started working for Lucky Road in 2019 and joined the team because she was treated with the same care and respect as the “fast” runners and enjoys learning from customers every day.
Christopher Calfee has worked at Lucky Road Run Shop since May 2018, however, it is not his only passion. Christopher is an English teacher at James River High School. He enjoys coaching XC, Track & boys Tennis. He started his running career over 35 years ago to stay in shape for college sports. To date (2018) he has run over 117 Marathons, 71 Ultras & 318.25 miles without sleep! His favorite brand of running shoes are Brooks & he loves the smell of new running shoes.
Rachel King, Co-Manager Fredericksburg
Rachel joined the Lucky Road family in August 2021. In my role at Lucky Road I'm able to help people with their health and wellness goals and serve our running and walking community. I'm not a salesperson. I'm someone who is happy to help make recommendations, learn, listen, and encourage others to find success on their fitness journey! After college I started running as a way to stay healthy and active. I've never been a fast runner but that hasn't stopped me from learning everything I can about running and sharing my passion for running with others. A year later, I found myself running my first marathon and quickly fell in love with the sport and the community! My goals are to grow old with running, have running adventures and to run a marathon in every state.
Blake has been running since she was 10 years old. She focused on sprinting in middle school and high school and enjoys working with sprinters now as she also coached the hurdles while in college. Blake has been working in run speciality since 2013 and has been a part of Lucky road since 2017 and has transitioned from sales associate, to store manager, to assistant buyer for all locations. Although she does not race now, Blake enjoys working out and running recreationally.