About Us - Meet The Owners

Meet the Owners

Bob Kennedy is recognized nationally as an expert in the running and walking specialty retail business. Kennedy is a former two time Olympic runner, 20 time Big Ten Champion and 4 time NCAA Champion while at Indiana University, and held the 5,000m American Record for more than 13 years. Kennedy has also been in the running and walking specialty business for more than fourteen years. His desire to help customers with whatever their needs might be, whether they are a first time walker or jogger or a long time marathoner has lead to his success in business.

Bob Weddle is a founding owner and President of The Athletic Annex.  Bob has been running since the late 70’s and has completed numerous marathons, ultra marathons and other races.  His involvement in the running community through Indy Runners (past president), race director and service on numerous running and fitness related boards and committees over the last several decades is hard to match.  Bob is certified by the Road Runners Club of America as a running coach and by the American Fitness Professionals and Associates as a personal trainer. Bob retired as a Partner in the law firm of Bose, McKinney and Evans, LLP in late 2013 and now devotes his time to the Athletic Annex. His passion is fitness and along with his coaching of runners and walkers, works on developing general fitness programs for customers and others seeking to improve their fitness.

Thom Burleson joined the Athletic Annex ownership in 1986. Thom brought a strong background in running and athletic retail to the Annex. Thom was a football player moonlighting as a miler during track season at Arlington HS in Indianapolis. The running went better than the football and he continued at Butler University, where he is a Athletic Hall of Fame member. After graduate work at Indiana University in exercise physiology, he became a member of Nike’s Athletics West in Eugene, Oregon. Thom went on to compete in two Olympic Trials (1976, 80) in the 5,000m and to run a marathon best of 2:15. In addition to overseeing the daily activities of the Athletic Annex, Thom has also coordinated the training of many elite women runners in the area, including several Olympic Trial qualifiers. His passion for running and fitness continues to be evident in working with customers that are beginning a running program and those that are highly competitive runners.