About Us

The Balanced Athlete is a full-service running store in Renton, WA, and your one stop shop for running shoes, clothing, gear, and nutrition. We’re also a community of runners — a place to swap race stories, brag about a new PR or medal, or rave about the new trail you just discovered. Our experienced sales staff are avid runners themselves, and draw from their own experience as well as their extensive knowledge of footwear and other running equipment when working with customers. We pride ourselves in outshining the big box stores by providing personalized service to our customers, and fitting runners with the shoes that best meet their running needs.
Eric Sach

Eric Sach

Owner

Eric has been running for 38 years (he ran his first marathon at age 12!). In the past, he has been an instructor for skiing, climbing, mountain biking, and mountaineering. He has worked for 25 years in the footwear industry. Eric’s ability to motivate runners of all abilities is perhaps why he is best known in the local running community. His deep knowledge in shoe fitting, bio-mechanics, and foot health has drawn clients all around the Seattle area and beyond.

 

Iliana Sach

Iliana Sach

Owner

Store owner and mother, has been running for 15 years. She works as a software manager, and tries to lead a balanced life by running, practicing yoga, and spending lots of time with friends and family. Eric turned her into an ultra runner and now she loves to run in the beautiful hiking trails our state has to offer. Lately Iliana has focused on road running, especially half and full marathons.

Sheila Hoeschen

Sheila Hoeschen

Staff

While running is her newest addition, Sheila is no stranger to the world of sports and athletics. After a childhood filled with various sports, she went on to play collegiate fastpitch softball and soccer. Her love of competition took her to boxing, taekwondo, and eventually, MMA. She is now a certified Les Mills BodyCombat and BodyPump instructor and has a huge heart to help inspire others to push their limits and live their passion.

Shane Cannon

Shane Cannon

Staff

Shane is an avid lover of trail running. If he isn’t recommending some of the best trail running shoes out there he is out on a 20 to 30 mile adventure. What’s special about him is his ability to always be in good spirits, even when things aren’t going well. His attitude melds with his passion for the mountains and truly makes him a stand out guy. If you need a dose of inspiration, Shane is your man.

Kate

Kate

Staff

Kate started running six years ago and fell in love with it. She has completed over 20 full marathons, lots of half marathons, a couple duathalons, and placed 3rd in her first ultra marathon. She loves cheering on new runners to complete their first race, and loves to hear about new PRs and running accomplishments. She is a certified yoga instructor, and has found the strength in yoga practice a perfect complement to the endurance of running. She is usually found running the streets and trails (usually on her way to a local brewery) near her home in Redmond. If you pass her on the road, give her a high five!

Alissa Reynolds

Alissa Reynolds

Staff

Born and raised in Renton, Washington, Alissa is a lifelong outdoors lover and runner. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology. Having dealt with several injuries during college, she didn’t run her first post-high school race (a 5k) until April 2014. Since then, she has done a handful of 5- to-12k’s, three half marathons, and is currently training for her first marathon. She focuses on having fun every step of the way, and has a passion for making exercise fun for others as well.