November 19 - 21, 2024 | Austin Convention Center | Austin, TX

Best Running Stores of 2023

Congratulations to


The Best Running Store of 2023

“We are incredibly humbled and honored to receive this award. Our efforts to help everyone realize the important role they play in their community and local environment have been recognized, and we empower you all to join us in that mission.”

Christian Fyfe
Co-Owner, Palmetto Running Company

Congratulations to the Best Running Stores of 2023

Each year, the Best Running Stores awards program recognizes and celebrates leading run specialty retailers across the US. With proven and passionate commitment to community, customers, and the industry, these retailers exemplify what makes run specialty so special.
In 2023, The Running Event team received 12,500 nominations representing 500 unique US stores, showcasing the endless amount of talent and passion within run specialty. The 2023 Best Running Stores went above and beyond in all areas of the program’s months-long evaluation process. We can’t wait to celebrate this year’s winners at the Industry Awards Dinner, taking place November 30 during The Running Event in Austin, TX
For more details about the Best Running Stores of 2023, read the press release.
“Talent, passion, and community are the building blocks that make our industry so strong. The 2023 Best Running Stores exemplify each of these characteristics and more, and they should be incredibly proud of the work they do. When we come together to honor these retailers in November, we will be celebrating not only the 2023 Best Running Stores, but our entire industry and its continued growth.”
Christina Henderson
Christina Henderson
Event Director, The Running Event

Meet the 2023 Best Running Stores!

605 Running Company
A Runner’s Mind
Aardvark Sports Shop
Big Peach Running Company
Brooklyn Running Company
Bull City Running Company
Charlotte Running Company
Charm City Run
Columbus Running Company
Confluence Running
Dave’s Running Shop
Fleet Feet Columbia
Fleet Feet Davenport
Fleet Feet Fayetteville
Fleet Feet Fort Wayne
Fleet Feet Huntsville
Fleet Feet Louisville
Fleet Feet Montclair
Fleet Feet Nashville
Fleet Feet Rochester
Fleet Feet West Reading
Gazelle Sports
Georgia Game Changers Running Company
Good Times Running Company
iRun Texas
John’s Run/Walk Shop
Kelley’s Pace
Lucky Road Run Shop
Mill City Running
Naperville Running Company
Pacers Running
Palmetto Running Company
Philadelphia Runner
Point 2 Running Company
Potomac River Running
Pro Bike + Run
Red Coyote Running and Fitness
Ridgefield Running Company
Run Flagstaff
Run Hub Northwest
Runner’s Corner
Runner’s Edge NY
Runners Roost Lakewood CO
Running Etc.
Running Lab
Running Niche
Running Wild
Running Zone
Rush Running Company
Salt Lake Running Company
Shoes & Brews
St. Pete Running Company
Terra Running Company
The Runners Edge MT
The Running Elements
Tortoise & Hare Sports
Up & Running Dayton
Whirlaway Sports
Are you a 2023 winning store? Access promotional materials here.


  • Nominated stores undergo a rigorous evaluation process. When nominations close and evaluation forms are reviewed, the top 100 stores will be selected and then secret shopped. Through a combination of these scores, the 2023 Best Running Stores and Store of the Year will be determined. For more information about the evaluation process or criteria, please contact us.
  • Winning stores will be announced at the end of July.
  • The Store of the Year will revealed live at a special celebration during The Running Event 2023.


  • Nominations Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2023 (Closed)
  • Winners notified: Thursday, July 27, 2023
  • Reception: After honoring all 2023 winners, Store of the Year will be announced during a special reception Thursday, November 30 at The Running Event.


  • Any run specialty retail store in the US is eligible.
  • All industry professionals, brands, retail customers, and store employees are welcome to submit nominations.

Secret Shopping Performed by:

Thank you to the 2023 Best Running Stores Sponsors!

Have questions? Email our team at [email protected]

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