Queen City Running Co. is locally owned and operated in Marquette, Michigan by a family that has been fitting shoes since 1946. 


Queen City Running Company Owner/Operator

Kevin Thomsen grew up in Marquette, MI graduating from MSHS in 1998. Kevin's love for athletics and helping others was established working at his family's iconic sport shop, Johnson's. Kevin graduated with his Bachelors from NMU in 2004. In 2015 he decided to branch out and open Queen City Running Company. So what is his happy pace? Running of course, you can constantly find Kevin running the trails and bike path around Marquette. He has to stay on his game to keep up with his blessings, daughters Anna and Aili, sons Charlie and Teddy, and his dachshund Coco Puff.


General Manager Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Paige attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, achieving All-American status in Track and Field before transferring to NMU in the fall of 2018. She competed for both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams having specialities in the 400 and 800 meters. Paige etched her name into both UMD and NMU's record books in 4 different events. She graduated from NMU in May of 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Physical-Education and Coaching. She has plans to obtain her Master's degree in the near future. Following her "retirement" from collegiate running, she found a new found love for the trails, and training for an ultramarathon. Outside of running, Paige enjoys traveling, hiking, playing with her cats Nova, Luna and Kota, and reading with a good cup of coffee in hand. Paige's favorite shoe to run in is the New Balance 880!




John joined QCRC after a 45 year career as owner and operator of the iconic Johnson's Sports Center in Marquette. John is truly one of the best, and believes in good customer service. With his wealth of experience and knowledge John takes much pride in going above and beyond to find the perfect fit for his customers. When John is not at the shop you can find him out for a long walk, rain or shine, along the bike path with his wife Sandy, dog Taffey, and possibly one of his grandchildren. He loves local sports and can be heard in the morning on his daily radio sports talk show or in the evening broadcasting from a local hockey, basketball, baseball, or football game. Stop by and say to John anytime, he loves see all of his old customers and familiar faces! John's favorite shoe is the Brooks Adrenaline. 

Kobie Guidebeck


Born and raised in Marquette, MI, Kobie is a familiar face to many locals. He graduated in 2019, from MSHS after being involved with Varsity hockey for 3 years, as well as Track & field and cross country. After high-school he decided to take on running as a new challenge, and now he works here! He plans to run numerous half-marathons. He also studies at Northern Michigan University, working to obtain his degree in Financial Management. Kobie's favorite shoe to run in is the Hoka Clifton Edge! 


Aubrey Friedrich


Aubrey Friedrich, originally from Lockport, Illinois, came to Marquette in 2018 to attend and compete for Northern Michigan University. She runs both Cross Country and Track for the university, while pursuing an Environmental Science degree with a concentration in natural resources. Following graduation in Winter 2021, she is planning on staying in Marquette for the remainder of the school year and working towards landing a job out west, and eventually pursuing a Master’s degree. Outside running, Aubrey enjoys all things outdoors, especially cycling, hiking, and traveling! Aubrey's favorite shoe is the Hoka Clifton! 

Sydney Broberg


Sydney Broberg, originally from Minneapolis, MN, moved to Marquette in 2017. Sydney has been an avid runner for over a decade and has just begun to enjoy trail running. She enjoys racing all distances from the 5k all the way to the marathon and hopes to compete in triathlons some day. In her free time she enjoys knitting, reading, riding her bike on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, and participating in activities with the community. Sydney’s favorite shoe to run in is the Hoka Arahi!