50 Best Running Retailers In America

There are lots of great running stores in the U.S. These are the best of the best.

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There are lots of great running stores in the U.S. These are the best of the best.

The Franklin Resource Group, the leading retail merchandise company in the sports industry, sent their secret-shopper reviewers to visit running retailers around the country and rate them based on 20 criteria including environment, fitting and checkout. The stores were also rated on community service, and vendors were asked to evaluate them based on brand building and credit worthiness. The votes have been tabulated.


City Sports

18 locations in New York City; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia

Greater Boston Running Company

3 locations in Boston metro area

Gubbins Running Ahead

4 locations in East Hampton and Southampton, N.Y.

Haddonfield Running Company

3 locations in South Jersey, N.J.

JackRabbit Sports

3 locations in New York metro area

Marathon Sports

6 locations in Boston metro area

Maine Running Company

2 locations in Portland metro area

Medved Running & Walking Outfitters

3400 Monroe Ave.

Rochester, N.Y.


Pacers Running Stores

6 locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Potomac River Running

8 locations in Virginia and Maryland

A Running Start

705 Penn Ave.

West Reading, Pa.


Second Sole Cranberry

667 Castle Creek Dr.

Seven Fields, Pa.


Whirlaway Sports Center

500 Merrimac St.

Methuen, Mass.



American Running Company

1689 Main St.

Dunedin, Fla.

727-736-8232 or 877-RUN-1ARC

Fit Niche

2 locations in Tampa metro area

Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville

2722 Carl T. Jones Dr., Suite B1

Huntsville, Ala.


Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa

2 locations in Tulsa, Okla., metro area

Jacksonville Running Company

9823 Tapestry Park Circle

Jacksonville, Fla.


Raleigh Running Outfitters

2 locations in Raleigh/Durham, N.C., metro area

Soler’s Sports

3 locations in San Antonio metro area

Run On!

5 locations in Dallas and San Antonio metro areas

Runner’s Depot

5 locations in Vero Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and North Miami, Fla., metro areas

Runner’s Edge

3195 N. Federal Highway

Boca Raton, Fla.


Running Zone

3680 North Wickham Rd.

Melbourne, Fla.



6970 Fern Ave.

Shreveport, La.


Swag’s Sport Shoes

7415 Old 3rd Street Rd.

Louisville, Ky.


Track Shack

1104 N. Mills Ave.

Orlando, Fla.



Big River Running Company

3 locations in St. Louis metro area

Bob Roncker’s Running Spot

4 locations in Cincinnati metro area

Elite Feet

5017 W. 119th Street

Overland Park, Kan.

913-498-FEET (3338)

Fleet Feet Sports Chicago

2 locations in Chicago metro area

Fleet Feet Sports Cincinnati

9525 Kenwood Rd.

Cincinnati, Ohio


Garry Gribble’s Running Sports

4 locations in Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) metro area

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall

3 locations in Holland, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Mich.

Hansons Running Shop

4 locations in Detroit metro area

Lincoln Running Company

1213 Q St.

Lincoln, Neb.


Movin’ Shoes

528 South Park St.

Madison, Wis.


Naperville Running Company

34 W. Jefferson Ave.

Naperville, Ill.


Runners High ‘n Tri

121 West Campbell St.

Arlington Heights, Ill.


Running Away Multisport

2 locations in Chicago metro area


Boulder Running Company

3 Colorado locations

Fleet Feet Sports Davis

615 Second St.

Davis, Calif.


Fleet Feet Sports Tucson

7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Tucson, Ariz.


Heart & Sole Sports

2817 San Mateo Blvd.NE

Albuquerque, N.M.

505-884-SOLE (7653)

Road Runner Sports

5553 Copley Dr.

San Diego, CA


Salt Lake Running Company

3 locations in Salt Lake City metro area

Shu’s Idaho Running Co.

1758 W. State St.

Boise, Idaho


Skinny Raven Sports

800 H St.

Anchorage, Alaska


Super Jock ‘n Jill

7210 E. Greenlake Dr. N

Seattle, Wash.


Wasatch Running Center

8946 South State St.

Sandy, Utah