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The 50 Best Running Stores In America 2013

  • By Competitor.com
  • Published Dec. 3, 2013
  • Updated Dec. 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM UTC
A glance inside Playmakers in Okemos, Mich., a 22,000-square-foot store with a large waterfall, a koi pond, two saltwater aquariums and a 24-foot diameter ceiling fan.

Every year, Competitor magazine and Running Insight trade magazine identify the “50 Best Running Stores in America.”

It all started in July with runners nominating their favorite stores through www.competitor.com. Then those stores are put through a rigorous evaluation process, which includes mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors and assessments about local programs and community commitment.

In past years, the shops ranked among the 50 Best Running Stores in America were the ones that offer exemplary customer service for every type of runner, organize training programs, group runs and local races, and provide knowledge and insights about the latest trends, the newest gear, proper running form and local trails, plus can answer endless questions about racing, training and injury prevention. In other words, it’s a shop that goes out of its way to do everything for local runners, no matter what age, experience or ability.

Here’s this year’s cream of the crop from around the nation. The winner of the 2013 Running Store of the Year award will be announced on Dec. 5.

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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

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