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Are you one of The Best Running Stores in America?

Nominated store awards will be presented at the annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
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Awarded to a store that makes a tremendous difference in its community.

The culture of Balega draws its inspiration from the humanistic philosophy focusing on people’s allegiance and relationship to one another. It is the relationship to our communities that resonates with store owners every day in their home towns. Changing lives, helping to improve the lives of those living in our communities.

Just Do It

Presented to an outstanding woman executive in run specialty retail.

The Just Do It Award recognizes women in the Running Specialty channel whose leadership serves as an example for all of us to follow.

Sound Mind, Sound Body Award

ASICS believes that the key to a healthy and happy lifestyle is through a sound mind in a sound body. ASICS is an acronym, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano – a sound mind in a sound body. The winner of the Sound Mind, Sound Body Award embodies these values on a daily basis in both their personal and professional life. In honor of ASICS’ founder, Kihachiro Onitsuka, a donation of $1949 will be made to the winner’s charity of choice.

Never Stop Exploring Award

Awarded to a store that is extraordinary in getting athletes to get out and experience running in the outdoors.

This is a recognition for a key Run Specialty dealer that has demonstrated exceptional participation in their community

Run For Good

Recognizing a retailer who inspires kids to run their world through community-based youth running programs.

At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run; a great day is when we inspire others to run. And now, more than ever, that must include our kids. The winner will receive a donation to help introduce even more children to the power of running, creating a happier, healthier future for the local community.

Run Happy

Celebrating a specialty retail store employee who  brings a glass-half-full approach to their job every day.

This individual always has a positive attitude, dedicated work ethic, and is a total team player—going the extra mile to help both customers and fellow staff. A cheerleader for their store and its culture, this individual inspires an active lifestyle and personifies what Run Happy means.
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