David Boutillier (known as Boots) is a life long resident of Rochester, New York. Born in Webster, Boots began running when he was 10-years-old. Boots ran Cross Country, Winter Track, and Spring Track at Webster High School. When he graduated in 1988, Boots continued running at the University of Rochester where he earned All-American status for Cross Country and was a member of the National Cross Country Championship Team in 1991. Shortly after, Boots started working in Running Specialty as a Buyer and Manager while maintaining his running career. He adding cycling to his training schedule and entered the duathlon circuit. As a multisport athlete, Boots became a 9-time member of the US National Team and in 1996 he won a Gold Medal at the Duathlon World Championship in Italy. Boots decided to enter the Elite Circuit and continued racing at the Professional Level.
Ellen, born and raised in Huntington Station, Long Island, relocated to Rochester after graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1993. Ellen also began running at an early age and was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field Teams at Walt Whitman High School. As a teenager Ellen was not allowed to own a car so she began cycling, using her bike as her primary means of transportation. When Ellen completed her MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1999, she was able to kick her enthusiasm for multisport--triathlon and duathlon--into high gear and competed in many Half Ironmans, Olympic Distance, and Sprint Distance multisport events. Ellen's professional background started in the IT arena as a Project Manager and then moved into Product Management with Terry Precision Cycling. Ellen always had a passion for working in athletics and decided to enter into Fitness Instruction as well with Personal Training and Coaching. Currently, Ellen holds Spinning, Core Training, Strength Training, and HydroRiding Certifications.
Boots and Ellen met in 2001 and married in February 2003. Together they own YellowJacket Racing, a Rochester-based Race Management company that owns and directs 50 running, duathlon, and triathlon events throughout Rochester and Syracuse. They also provide services for another 100 events in Western New York. Boots and Ellen opened their first Fleet Feet Rochester location on Monroe Avenue in Brighton in 2004. Over the following 7 years, Fleet Feet grew to become the running hub of Rochester and a second location on Ridgeway Avenue in Greece opened in Fall of 2011. In 2014, the original Monroe Avenue location was moved to a larger space within the Culver Road Armory and Fleet Feet Buffalo was acquired. Boots and Ellen are proud to serve the active communities of Rochester and Buffalo. With their combined athletic backgrounds and enthusiasm for promoting healthy lifestyles, they continue to invite the entire community to get FIT with Fleet Feet!