The Very Best Running Stores In America 2013

Naperville Running Company, Naperville, Ill. Photo: Tim Perroud

Here are the four finalists for the 2013 Running Store of the Year award.

Every year, Competitor magazine and Running Insight trade magazine identify the “50 Best Running Stores in America.” It’s based on a rigorous evaluation process, which includes runner nominations, mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors, and assessments about local programs and community commitment.

The best specialty running shops in America are 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.

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Which running shop is the best in the country for 2013? The winner will be revealed on Dec. 5 at an industry-only trade show in Austin, Texas, and published online at In the meantime, we offer a glimpse of the four finalists (listed in alphabetical order) for the Running Store of the Year and have listed all of the shops earning the 50 Best Running Stores in America seal of approval for 2013.

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