OUR TEAM


ROB DEFILIPPIS
Founder

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 4x800 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.

Rob spends as much time as he can at the Jersey Shore with his kids Katelin, Connor and their boxers Leo and Lilly.


CRAIG SEGAL
Co-Owner, Runner's High Freehold

Craig 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 numerous races over the past years boasting several PRs, first place finishes, and four top 15 finishes at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2008, 2009, 2013 & 2014. 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.


GRACE MADIGAN
Social Outreach & Operations Coordinator

After someone stole her bicycle from the beach, Grace began running the streets to make up for time lost walking. A Freehold native, she began running more competitively when she moved to Orlando, where she also worked in run specialty and began assistant coaching at a local high school.

Although her heart belongs in New Jersey, Grace still brings the heat whether it’s writing, running, or chasing after her rescue dog, Bruce. Her knowledge hails from different places and experiences, but continues to shine on the retail floor and the operations side at Runner’s High.


VIC BAYERS
Shoe Guru

Hailing from the Bayshore, Vic grew up in the local running scene. From his days as a student-athlete at Middletown South High School to competing on the collegiate level at the University of New Hampshire, Vic's vast running knowledge proves useful on a daily basis at Runner's High. With his 20+ years of experience in the running specialty industry, you aren't going to find another individual who knows New Balance's number system than this guy! 


DEAN SHONTS
The Father of NJ Running

Appropriately nicknamed the Father of NJ Running at Runner’s High, we are honored to have running legend Dean Shonts on board with us. Dean opened one of New Jersey’s first ever running specialty stores, Sneaker Factory, in 1978 and has been slingin’ shoes ever since. His experiences as a store owner, racer director, coach and athlete over his 50+ years of running are invaluable. Dean is truly a legend in our field and we could not be happier to have him as a member of the RH family – catch up with Dean weekdays at our Freehold locale!