Jayne Aspan founded The Runner’s Soul as a way to fulfill her long standing desire to bring an independent, locally owned running store to her hometown community of Elmhurst, IL. Jayne took up running later in life as a way to get back in shape after having her first child and quickly became hooked for life. In 1998, as an inaugural member of the Elmhurst Running Club, Jayne found a community of active runners yet realized that Elmhurst did not have a running store despite having a nationally recognized running program at York High School. Instead of returning to her career as a multi-family real estate leasing and marketing director, Jayne focused her passion, hard work and determination into successfully launching The Runner’s Soul in Elmhurst, IL in 2004 followed by a second location in LaGrange, IL in 2010.
Jayne has personally completed numerous marathons, half marathons, triathlons and many other road races and has even qualified for the Boston Marathon multiple times, finally running Boston in 2010. Even though she enjoys running, Jayne especially enjoys introducing the sport of running to novice runners through her many in store programs catering to beginner and intermediate runners and even programs geared to kids. Jayne works hard to constantly engage her customers through creative themed fun runs, in-store parties, training programs and in-store seminars.
As owner of The Runner’s Soul, Jayne has been an active member of the communities in which she does business, supporting dozens and dozens of charities and non-profit organizations through sponsorships and donations. Jayne is an active member of the Elmhurst City Centre, the LaGrange Chamber of Commerce, LaGrange Business Association, and the IRRA.