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.
PAIGE DU BOIS
Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Paige attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she achieved 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 throughout her college career, having specialities in the 400, 600 and 800 meters. Paige etched her name into both UMD and NMU's record books in 5 different events. She graduated from NMU in May of 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Minors in Pre-Law, Physical-Education and Coaching. Following her "retirement" from collegiate running, she found a new love for road racing and ultramarathon training. Outside of running, Paige enjoys coaching her Middle School and High School Cross Country and Track athletes, hiking, spending time with her cats Nova, Luna and Kota, and reading with a good cup of coffee in hand. Paige's favorite shoe 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 hi to John anytime, he loves seeing all of his old customers and familiar faces! John's favorite shoe is the Brooks Adrenaline.
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. Outside running, Aubrey enjoys all things outdoors, especially cycling, hiking, and traveling! Aubrey's favorite shoe is the Hoka Clifton!
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!
Anna Vanderhoef grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and came to Marquette in 2021 to study computer science at NMU. Anna is an avid runner and has run half marathons and is training to run her first marathon. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, reading, hiking, being outside and painting. She also loves cross country skiing and participates in the American Birkebeiner every year. Anna’s favorite running shoe is the Hoka Clifton!
Kristin Tuominen, a very familiar face to the locals, was born and raised in the UP and has a passion for all things running. Never one to back down from something new or challenging, her accomplishments include: the 2022 Boston Marathon, MQT Trail 50k Ultra Marathon, Marji Gesik 50 Miler, RYT 200hr Yoga, Granite Games competitor, and YOD Level 1 Yoga Instructor. She is always looking for something new to tackle. Kristin is beyond grateful for her family and loves all things outdoors, yoga, new adventures, and people! We are lucky to have Kristin doubling up as our in-house yoga instructor as well. Her favorite shoe is the Saucony Endorphin Speed!
Anni Skillicorn hails from Winona, Minnesota, and transplanted to Marquette for her freshman year of college at NMU. Now entering her third and final year as a student pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a minor in Political Science, Anni is exploring her love of the outdoors by way of trail running, mountain biking and cross country skiing. After a recent transition to a more recreational schedule, following a lengthy competitive career for high school cross country skiing and participating as a member of the NMU cross country and track and field teams, Anni looks forward to connecting with the Marquette community through her role with Queen City Running Company. Look for her out on the trails, and feel free to introduce yourself! *especially if you’re the owner of a cute pup ;)*
Luke Janofski, a Marquette local, was raised running iconic Marquette races, such as the Blackrocks 5k. He graduated from MSHS in the class of 2022, and plans to run cross country and track at Davenport University with a major in Marketing. He has been involved with Marquette athletics his entire life, such as running, nordic skiing, hockey, and soccer. Outside the shop you can find Luke shreddin’ on the disc golf course, or in the MSHS computer lab messing around on Photoshop. Luke’s favorite shoe to run in is the Hoka Clifton.