Shu’s Idaho Running Co. Named Store Of The Year

Top Stores: Midwest

  • Big River Running
  • Blue Mile
  • Bob Roncker’s Running Spot
  • Dick Pond Athletics
  • Elite Feet of Kansas City
  • Fleet Feet Sports Chicago
  • Fleet Feet Sports Schereville
  • Gazelle Sports
  • Garry Gribble’s Running Sports
  • Hanson’s Running Shop
  • Naperville Running Co.
  • Playmaker’s
  • The Runner’s Soul
  • Runners’ High N’ Tri
  • Running Away Multisport
  • Swags Sports Shoes
  • Three Rivers Running
  • Up N Running

The selection of the 50 Best Running Stores in America caps off a year-long effort by Competitor magazine and Formula 4 Media, LLC, publishers of Running Insight and producers of The Running Event.

The search began this spring with a notice posted on www.competitor.com asking runners to write in and tell us about their favorite running store. More than 1200 consumers wrote us passionate, funny and informative e-mails telling us about the stores they loved and why. More than 150 stores in all were “nominated.” Just about every store that was nominated was then put through a rigorous evaluation process, which consisted of:

  • 1. An undercover mystery shopping rating by Franklin Retail Solutions, the top retail merchandising company serving sports retailers. The undercover shopping rated the stores on 20 different criteria to determine how good the stores were in fitting runners for shoes and offering top notch, caring customer service.
  • 2. A rating of the store’s community service and involvement, which determined how these stores serve their local communities and support local charities and good causes.
  • 3. And input from the leading brands supplying these stores.

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