At Oiselle, our vision is to help all women feel strong and free through the joy of running. You’ve heard us say that our mission is to design great product, build the sisterhood, and improve the sport.

Improving the sport is a multifaceted challenge - we know this takes a team of passionate, determined, and courageous women!

Today, we want to celebrate our Athlete Advisors and the Haute Volée. These women are pushing the boundaries of the sport and empowering other women to do the same. You may have met a few of them before, or waved your cowbells to urge them to finish lines. Each day, like each of us, they are growing, learning, and facing new challenges with grit and grace. Each year, we bring a new version of ourselves to starting lines, in running and in life. So we thought we’d take the time to (re) introduce them to you - they’ve been doing some exciting things!

With that - let's meet the athletes! And next time you cross paths - send them a rousing Allez! Allez! Allez!


Athlete Advisor // Bend, OR

  • New York Times bestselling author of GOOD FOR A GIRL: A Woman Running in a Man’s World
  • Writer: work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Runners World and more
  • Founding Coach of Oiselle’s Professional Women’s Running Team, Littlewing Athletics (2013-2021)

What is your superpower?

Travel necessities?
My curl product. It’s a friz fest without it. Running kit!

Dream vacation:
Stockholm in the summer.

Favorite sport (to play or watch!)
Currently I’m having a hot romance with Mountain Biking.



Athlete Advisor // Boulder, CO

  • New York Times bestselling author of The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike's Elite Running Team
  • NBC Sports Analyst
  • Podcast host: Nobody Asked Us

What is your superpower?
Not very exciting but I think my superpower is empathy. It has helped me so much in understanding people, and especially those that have hurt me. It has helped me to think of people in a much richer context. I feel lucky to have been born with it.

Why do you run?
I run to feel free, to be at peace with myself and remind myself of my strength.

How did you get into running?
My grandpa got me into running. He was a lifelong runner- not racer. He loved the movement and how it helped his headspace. 8. That you will be on this journey for life. There will be ups and downs but you will continue forward. It will change your life and always will be an important part of who you are. Keep going.



Haute Volée // Champaign, IL

  • 2023 U.S. Paralympic National Team
  • 2022 Chicago Marathon, 3rd place 1:49:52
  • 2020 Team USA Tokyo Paralympian (1500m, 5000m, Marathon)

What alternative career do you fantasize about?
I’m currently a 2nd year PhD student studying Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. I dream of becoming a professor to educate young adults about the intersections of disability, sport, and society.

Tell us about your favorite place you have ever traveled to:
My favorite place to travel to is Japan. My first time to Japan was for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games! I’ve enjoyed going back to Japan every year for the Tokyo Marathon and I hope to visit one day for leisure!

Running makes me feel...
At home within myself.



Haute Volée // Austin, TX

  • 2017 World Relay Member Team USA 4x800M
  • 2016 Team USA Member, World Indoor Championships 4x400M Relay

Passions/jobs/joys outside of running:
Athlete advocate, dancer, foodie.

What was your favorite sport in middle school?
In middle school, it was a tie between dance and soccer. Those two sports describe my personality exactly.

If you could give one piece of advice to a 12 year old girl, what would it be?
My advice would be to dream big. Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough or worthy, because you are!

What alternative career do you fantasize about?
I would love to be an Athletic Director. I am actually in the middle of my master's program to get there.



Haute Volée // Seattle, WA

  • 2021 US Olympic Trials Finalist 1500
  • 2021 US Olympic Trials Semi-finalist 800

Tell us about your favorite place you have ever traveled to:
I think it would have to be Geneva, Switzerland. My grandparents and extended family live there, so it's my home away from home (with better chocolate, bread, and cheese!).

What are some of your passions?
Sports + policy!

Sweet or savory?
Ha both?!

What do your rest days look like?
Eating cheese, hanging with my kitties, and walking around Green Lake!

What song is most often stuck in your head?
My pre-race song is ALWAYS Show Me the Money by Petey Pablo.



Haute Volée // Portland, OR

  • 2022 Olympic Trials Qualifer, Marathon, Chicago
  • 2020 Olympic Trials Participant, Marathon, 77th

A skillset you wish you had (and could still develop!)
I would love to learn to break-dance or play the piano!

Passions/jobs/joys outside of running:
I love playing board games with my husband, golfing, yoga, going for walks, gardening and connecting one-on-one with close friends.

What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
“Keep Showing Up” – Desiree Linden

What alternative career do you fantasize about?
My dream of all dreams is to be an astronaut! I’m really passionate about all things related to astronomy and space.



Haute Volée // Bend, OR

  • 2023 NYRR mini 10K, top 25
  • 2023 Stanford Invite, 10K PR
  • 2022 CIM, hit OTQ (and 1st marathon as a mother runner!)

What is your superpower?  
I think I'm pretty reliable. Both in an accountability way, but also in the "you can count on me" way. I show up for others, for both the big and small moments. Not unrelated: I've always got snacks.

Dream vacation
Would love to do a combo Italy/Croatia situation. Dream deposit made!

What do your rest days look like?
RIP rest days. Hahaha - lots of toddler chasing no matter what the training schedule says these days.

What alternative career do you fantasize about?
This is an easy one. I'd own a sweet AF bakery.



Haute Volée // Minneapolis, MN

  • 2021 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 3k Steeple
  • 2018 USATF Nationals, 3k Steeple, 17th

What was your favorite sport in middle school?
Definitely basketball! I loved the team aspect of it and the intensity of the game. One of my greatest sports memories is scoring the winning points in a buzzer beater victory over our rival high school!  

What is your superpower?  
Resilience - not getting too high or too low about any performances or setbacks. Very useful in a sport with plenty of highs and lows to ride!

If you could give one piece of advice to a 12 year old girl, what would it be?
I know there is a lot of pressure to fit in. Just remember it’s okay to be different and stand out sometimes, too. Embrace who you are! Weird can be wonderful!

Passions/jobs/joys outside of running:
I work for Target HQ in Minneapolis in the Decorative Home division.



Haute Volée // Bend, OR

  • 2019 USATF Trail Marathon Champs, 2nd
  • 2019 USATF Trail Half Marathon Champs, 3rd
  • 2016 Olympic Trials, 3k Steeple Competitor

Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
Houses are built brick by brick. Where can you get today's brick?

If you could give one piece of advice to a 12 year old girl, what would it be?
Work hard but be sure to fall in love with the process and the sport because in the end that will be the most important thing.  

Tell us about your favorite place you have ever traveled to:
Stockholm. It's surrounded by water and the entire city glitters. I've never been there in the winter but I'd imagine it's equally as beautiful covered in snow.  

What is your superpower?  
My blood is made of iron and I'm steadfast to a fault.



Haute Volée // Farmingville, NY

  • 2022 World Championship, 1st American, 22nd overall, 35k Race Walk
  • 2019 World Championship, 35th overall, 20k Race Walk

Passions/jobs/joys outside of running:
Job: full time medicine PA at South Shore University Hospital on Long Island. Mommy to 4 y/o daughter Liliana. Married to my HS sweetheart Joe Coffey.

What song is most often stuck in your head?
Currently Disney Moana or Frozen Soundtracks.

What was your favorite sport in middle school?
Soccer, fell in love with the game at 5 years old, and what 10 year old didn't aspire to be like Mia Hamm, "anything you can do I can do better!"

What is your superpower?  
Mental toughness. It has taken me places long beyond the physical limit my body should have reached.



June 16, 2023 — Justine Fédronic
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