Staff

Doug Alred
Owner

Doug Alred

Doug Alred was inspired to become a runner when he learned of a new race about to make its debut: The River Run 15,000. He was a rather out-of-shape certified public accountant at the time but after completing that 1978 race he never looked back. Little did he know how that experience would change his life forever.

He ran in every race he could find, joined the young Jacksonville Track Club, became one of its board members (where he has remained ever since) and in 1978 opened a running store that he named 1st Place Sports.

Doug, an accomplished runner himself with a marathon personal record of 2:29:29, has tirelessly committed himself to the development of running for more than 30 years. His efforts paid off when Runner’s World magazine recognized Jacksonville as one of the ‘Top Ten Best Running Cities In America’. 1st Place Sports has been awarded “The 50 Best Running Stores in America” by Competitor Magazine for many years.

Jane Alred
Owner

Jane Alred

Jane Alred has been a runner since the first Running Boom of the 1970’s. She has run more than 40 marathons, and has a personal record for the distance of 3 hours and 10 minutes. Although she still runs many miles these days, when she attends races it is usually to do with the administration of the event. She is heavily involved in the more than 60 races that 1st Place Sports organizes every year.

Jane served for many years as the assistant race director of Jacksonville’s Gate River Run, a position now filled by Stuart Toomey. She still organizes, from start to finish, the huge expo that accompanies the 20,000-person event. She has been so instrumental in the development of the event that she has been named to the Gate River Run Hall of Fame.

One of the Jacksonville Track Club’s earliest members, she has served on the club’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years. When the club needs a party or social event organized it is usually Jane who does the grunt work, very often throwing the party in her own house.

There is not much around 1st Place Sports that Jane does not do. From waiting on customers, to overseeing the stores’ staff, paying the bills and ordering the apparel, she does it all-and more.

Brian Doyle
General Manager

Bryan Doyle

Originally From: Jacksonville, Florida

Favorite Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Race: Thanksgiving Day Classic

Advice: “Be patient with your training, you cannot expect to get fast quickly. It takes time.”

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, golfing.

Favorite Running Item: Roll Recovery

Simon O’Brien
Community Health Educator

Originally From: Bray, Ireland

Favorite Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Race: EverGreen Pumpkin Run 10 Mile

Advice: Learn to enjoy the process of improving each day. Whether it’s with running or anything else in your life. Don’t become obsessed with the end goal. Fall in love with the process, and the results will come!

Hobbies: Running, Football (Soccer), MMA, Swimming, Weight Training, Reading

Favorite Running Item: Feetures Running Socks

Chris McCaffrey
San Marco Store Manager

Originally From: Jacksonville, Florida

Favorite Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Race: Chicago Marathon 2012, First time breaking 3:00 for Marathon

Advice: Focus on quality training and functional strength.

Hobbies: Craft beers, fishing, slacklining/rock climbing, soccer, and craft coffees

Favorite Running Item: TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller, because it helps keep my muscles free of unwanted knots.

Melissa Hersh
Baymeadows Store Manager

Originally From: Jacksonville, Florida

Favorite Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Race: Marine Corps Half Marathon

Advice: Recovery is just as important as training.  Especially as you get older, you have to allow the body to recover.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, running with my friends, hiking, triathlons, drawing, and currently… learning a new language.

Favorite Running Item: Gamin Fenix 3! I love that I can run, swim, bike, hike, stand-up paddle board, etc.!

Cody Burton
Orange Park Store Manager

Originally From: Jacksonville, Florida

Favorite Distance: 1/2 Marathon

Favorite Race: Thanksgiving Day Classic

Advice: Listen to your body, don’t over-train, and always stretch!

Hobbies: Anything outdoors! Backpacking, mountain biking, etc.

Favorite Running Item: The Stunt Puppy Running Leash. I love running with my dog, and the Stunt Puppy Leash makes it that much more enjoyable!

Kelly Parete
Jacksonville Beach Store Manager

Originally From: Jacksonville, Florida

Favorite Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Race: Miami Half Marathon

Advice: Advice my dad gave me- Always give everything you have, then you can walk with your head held high.

Hobbies: Other than running,  going to beach!

Favorite Running Item: Garmin 235

Jason Toney
Town Center Store Manager

Originally From: Melbourne, Florida

Favorite Distance: 15K

Favorite Race: Thanksgiving Day Classic

Advice: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”- Wayne Gretzky -Michael Scott

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, playing Pokemon or any RPGs, and traveling to places outside of Florida, especially places of historical significance.

Favorite Running Item: Garmin 230