Running Shoe Stores: Top 50 in America for 2013


Every year Competitor Magazine releases a ranking of the The 50 Best Running Shoe Stores in America.  I’ve said many many times before how important it is for runners to be fitted properly for a running shoe, whether you take long walks around the neighborhood or run ultramarathons.  If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these locations, go check them out!  I love the atmosphere of a running store as much as gamers love the atmosphere of a GameStop… which is probably a lot?  I need a better analogy.

The 50 Best Running Stores in America | Simply Fit & Clean

Here is their list, organized by state:

ALABAMA

• Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville, Huntsville

ARKANSAS

• Rush Running Company, Bentonville

ARIZONA

• Fleet Feet Sports Tucson, Tucson

• Sole Sports Running Zone, Tempe

• Tortoise & Hare Sports, Glendale

CALIFORNIA

• A Snail’s Pace Running Shop, Brea

• Fleet Feet Sports Aptos, Aptos

• Fleet Feet Sports Davis, Davis

• Sole 2 Soul Sports, Visalia

FLORIDA

• 1st Place Sports, Jacksonville

• FitNiche, Lakeland

• Fit2Run, University Park

• Jacksonville Running Company, (Tapestry Park location), Jacksonville

• Runner’s Depot, Davie

GEORGIA

•Big Peach Running Company, Atlanta

• Natural Strides, Woodstock

IDAHO

• Shu’s Idaho Running Company, Boise

ILLINOIS

• Dick Pond Athletics, Schaumburg

• Fleet Feet Sports Chicago (Old Town location), Chicago

• Geneva Running Outfitters, Geneva

• Go Outside and Play Running Company, Galesburg

• Naperville Running Company, Naperville

• Running for Kicks, Palos Heights

INDIANA

• Fleet Feet Sports Schererville

• Three Rivers Running Company, Fort Wayne

• Tri-N-Run, Lafayette

LOUISIANA

• Live 4 Sports, Houma

MAINE

• Maine Running Company, Portland

MARYLAND

• Charm City Run, Timonium

• Fleet Feet Sports Baltimore, Pikesville

MASSACHUSETTS

• Whirlaway Sports Center, Methuen

MICHIGAN

• Gazelle Sports, Kalamazoo

• Playmakers, Okemos

MISSOURI

• Big River Running Company, St. Louis

• Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Kansas City

• The Run Around Running Company, Joplin

• The Running Well Store, Kansas City

• Ultramax, Columbia

NEBRASKA

• Peak Performance, Omaha

NEW HAMPSHIRE

• Runner’s Alley, Portsmouth

NEW YORK

• Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse, East Syracuse

• Sayville Running Company, Sayville

OHIO

• Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, Cincinnati

•Columbus Running Company, Dublin

OKLAHOMA

•Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, Tulsa

• Red Coyote Running and Fitness, Oklahoma City

PENNSYLVANIA

•A Running Start, Reading

• Scranton Running Company, Scranton

TEXAS

• Luke’s Locker, Dallas

• Run On!, Dallas

UTAH

• Salt Lake Running Company, Salt Lake City

VIRGINIA

• Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke, Roanoke

• Pacers, Arlington

• Potomac River Running, Burke

WEST VIRGINIA

• Robert’s Running & Walking Shop, Huntington

Some of these are chain stores, so the equivalent in your area is also probably pretty darn good, like Luke’s Locker in The Woodlands, Texas instead of Dallas.  (Not paid to promote them.  I just adore their stores.)  Do you have a favorite store near you?

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