Nobuko was an elite ranking swimmer in Japan and then took up running with her boyfriend and now husband and  was the first to be named All-American at Unity College in Maine in running.

Nobuko was an elite ranking swimmer in Japan and then took up running with her boyfriend and now husband and  was the first to be named All-American at Unity College in Maine in running.

 
 

Hi, I'm Nobuko

Owner

Shawn and I purchased Tortoise and Hare from another "running family" because we genuinely enjoy people. We wanted to invest in a place that focused on keeping our community healthy, happy and active—without injury or weakness. 

 
 
 

And I'm Shawn

Co-owner

Our family chooses to live a very active life—T&H gives us a great excuse to do what we love to do every day. Whether that's the gear we stock or suggestions on how to move more efficiently, we're committed to quality, not trends.  

Shawn competed in High School  was All New England and Regional Champion then Ran at Unity College in Maine, where he was the first ever to be named All-American at the school. After graduating with an MBA then Graduate Studies at U of M, he continues to compete, finishing All-American at multiple triathlons. A lifetime entrepreneur, he recently became more involved in T&H again after selling his business, Jyco Sealing Technologies.

Shawn competed in High School  was All New England and Regional Champion then Ran at Unity College in Maine, where he was the first ever to be named All-American at the school. After graduating with an MBA then Graduate Studies at U of M, he continues to compete, finishing All-American at multiple triathlons. A lifetime entrepreneur, he recently became more involved in T&H again after selling his business, Jyco Sealing Technologies.

 
We are continually striving to provide our customers with the best service from employees who are confident and well-informed about the latest products.
— Nobuko, Owner

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Meet our running specialists

 
TOM MICALLEF Sales Assistant Fitness and Nutrition Coach at PE Nut Educator, and Track and Cross Country Coach at Saline Area Schools. Tom was inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Hall of Fame in February 2007.

TOM MICALLEF

Sales Assistant

Fitness and Nutrition Coach at PE Nut Educator, and Track and Cross Country Coach at Saline Area Schools. Tom was inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Hall of Fame in February 2007.

SAM JUNGE Sales Associate Sam is a Michigan triathlete and mechanic at The Local Bike Shop A2. He's passionate about cycling and running.

SAM JUNGE

Sales Associate

Sam is a Michigan triathlete and mechanic at The Local Bike Shop A2. He's passionate about cycling and running.

TIM RUSSELL Sale Associate

TIM RUSSELL

Sale Associate

KAREN HOLAPPA Karen has been a fixture of Tortoise and Hare since she purchased the store in 1985. She is a joy to be around and always enjoys imparting her lifetime of running knowledge to those who seek it.

KAREN HOLAPPA

Karen has been a fixture of Tortoise and Hare since she purchased the store in 1985. She is a joy to be around and always enjoys imparting her lifetime of running knowledge to those who seek it.

Learn our history

A NEW ERA BEGINS IN 2015 WITH ANOTHER ANN ARBOR RUNNING FAMILY TAKING OWNERSHIP OF TORTOISE AND HARE, NOBUKO AND SHAWN JYAWOOK.

In 1978, during the times of the original running boom, Tortoise and Hare was founded. It was one of the first specialty running stores in the Midwest. For the last 25 years Tortoise and Hare has been a family business run by Karen Holappa and her son, Matt Holappa.

The original Tortoise and Hare was in downtown Ann Arbor with a second larger store on the north side of town. Now the main store is located in the north side location on Plymouth Road. This store offers ample free parking.