Mark Coddaire: (Founder/owner). Mark found running when he was 30 years old, but he instantly fell in love the sport because of its emphasis on focus and dedication. After serving roles as the Greater Lowell Road Runner club president, race team manager, and race director, Mark decided to start Marx Running & Fitness Center. Mark initially started the business in 2000 as a way to support athletes and give back to the running community. Since then it has transformed into much more than that. Mark has used his knowledge, experience, and passion for running to grow his business alongside with the local community. Mark has forged relationships with local road races, schools, gyms, doctors, physical therapists, and personal trainers, all of whom use Mark as a trusted resource when it comes to all things running/walking. Throughout the years, Marx Running has expanded in scope. As Mark has become an expert on foot pain and foot care, the store, too, has begun to cater to the needs of those in the therapeutic/rehabilitation establishment. He frequently gives seminars in gyms or PT offices on the importance of running/walking in the proper shoe. The Marx Running slogan, “A running store, and so much more…”, was inspired by Mark’s eagerness to not simply be a running store but a respected community resource.
Bob Tremblay: After noticing he could outrun his teammates in the traditional sports, Bob began running and training on his own in the 7th grade. By 8th grade he was practicing with the local high school XC team and was one of their top guys. He ran XC/Track throughout high school and was recruited to run for East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. While at ESU he was an ECAC Champion in the Indoor 1000 and the XC Team Captain senior year. Bob majored in economics and went on to do market research in the tech industry for 12 years. He then brought his 32 years of running experience to Marx Running where he particularly enjoys interacting with runners and walkers of all different ability levels and experience. Bob can draw from his lifetime of running experience to help customers get the most out of their own running or walking regimens. Bob is happily married with two children, ages 4 and 6.
Jeff Veiga: Jeff showed promise as a young distance runner by winning the Lowell Middle School XC Championships, however, as he entered Lowell High his main focus was soccer. But by senior year, he had gravitated back towards running and ran all three seasons. He was the MVC Champion in the 2 Mile during outdoor track, and he captured the attention of the UMass Lowell distance-running program, which promptly recruited Jeff to run collegiately. At UML, Jeff saw massive improvements. He has amassed two NCAA DII All-American XC performances (3rd 2010, 6th 2012), is a two-time NCAA DII Northeast Region XC Champion, won the 2011 NEC 10K in outdoor track, and has qualified for NCAA DII Nationals in track three times. Jeff currently holds PR’s of 14:04 and 29:05 in the 5k and 10k, respectively. In 2010, he was the Cushing Award Winner, which goes to the outstanding male performer across all sports at UML. He has an bachelor’s degree in finance. Jeff is always eager to share his experiences and local knowledge about running in the Merrimack Valley.
Ethan Brown: Ethan is a former Lowell High School Cross Country, Swimming and Track standout. He went on to run for the University of Michigan. While there, he discovered his true calling — triathlon. Ethan instantly began to excel in his newfound sport and pursued triathlon full-time after graduating from Michigan with a degree in Political Science. He went on to become the 2007 & 2008 Under-23 National Champion as well as the USA Triathlon U23 Athlete of the Year. In addition to living at the US Olympic Training Center briefly, Ethan competed all over the world as a professional triathlete for five years before retiring in the summer of 2012 after finishing 5th at the US Olympic Trials. He is currently pursuing his MBA at UMass Lowell. Ethan particularly enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences to help customers as much as he can.
Emily Jones: Emily joined Bromfield’s track team in 7th grade and instantly loved it. One of the best distance runners ever to come from Massachusetts, Emily was a State Champion in Cross Country as well as Indoor & Outdoor Track. Her other high school accolades include a Footlocker Northeast Region Championship, 3 appearances at the Footlocker XC Nationals, and a runner-up finish in the 2-mile at the Nike Outdoor HS Championships. Emily went on to run for Georgetown University where she played a key role in helping the Hoyas to a 2011 NCAA Cross Country National Title. She earned NCAA XC All-American status in 2010 and has amassed multiple NCAA All-Regional and All Big-East honors throughout her career. Emily was the 2011 Big East Champion in the Indoor 5k with a time of 16:10.96. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at Georgetown. Emily is inspired by the stories of those she meets through Marx Running and is passionate about helping others reach their personal running or fitness goals. She is particularly talented and passionate about coaching at the middle school and high school level where she can help young athletes reach their goals.
Erica Zornig: Erica began running in middle school and continued to develop her talents at South Windsor High School. She was part of the 3rd place USATF Junior Olympic team at the National Championships and was also a recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar-Athlete award. Erica then went on to run cross country and track for Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where she was a four year Academic All-American majoring in Visual Anthropology and minoring in Spanish. Upon graduating she fell in love with both trail running and the longer distances. Erica is the current RRCA Eastern Ultra (50k) Champion. By working at Marx Running, Erica is able to share her passion for running. She enjoys learning about the experiences of other runners/walkers and being part of a community-oriented organization.