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

Best Running Stores of 2024

Congratulations to the Best Running Stores of 2024!

Each year, the Best Running Stores awards program recognizes and celebrates leading run specialty retailers across the US. With a passionate commitment to their communities, employees, customers, and the industry, these stores exemplify what makes run specialty so special.
In 2024, The Running Event team received more than 15,000 nominations representing nearly 270 unique US stores, showcasing the endless amount of talent and passion within run specialty. The 2024 Best Running Stores excelled throughout 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 Thursday, November 21 during The Running Event in Austin, TX. 
For more details about the Best Running Stores of 2024, read the press release.
These stores are managed by teams of people who care deeply about each other and their customers. This care and dedication creates ripple effects throughout communities across the country, not to mention all corners of the running industry.
Christina Henderson
Director, The Running Event

Meet the 2024 Best Running Stores!

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605 Running Company
A Runner’s Mind
A Snail’s Pace Running Shop
Aardvark Sports Shop
AKtive Soles Performance Footwear
Appalachian Running Company
Big Peach Running Co.
Bull City Running Co.
Charlotte Running Company
Charm City Run
Coastal Sole
Columbus Running Company
Confluence Running
Fleet Feet Carrboro & Durham
Fleet Feet Charleston
Fleet Feet Fayetteville
Fleet Feet Fort Wayne
Fleet Feet Fox Valley
Fleet Feet Louisville
Fleet Feet Montclair
Fleet Feet Nashville
Fleet Feet Northern New Jersey
Fleet Feet West Reading
Game Changers Running Company
Gazelle Sports
Get Fit
Good Times Running Co.
Grounded Running
iRun Texas
John’s Run/Walk Shop
Mill City Running
Naperville Running
Pacers Running
Palmetto Running Company
Performance Running Outfitters
Philadelphia Runner
Point 2 Running Company
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Pro Bike + Run
RC Outfitters
Red Coyote Running and Fitness
Ridgefield Running Company
Run Hub Northwest
Run Moore
RunAbout Sports
Runner’s Edge NY
Runners Roost Lakewood-Colorado
Running Etc.
Running Lab
Running Zone
RunWell, LLC
Salt Lake Running Company
Sole Sports Running Zone
Terra Running Company
The Runner’s Edge MT
The Running Well Store
Tortoise & Hare Sports
Track Shack
Up and Running in Dayton
Waco Running Company
Whirlaway Sports Center
Are you a 2024 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 are selected and then secret shopped. Through a combination of these scores, the 2024 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 are announced July 11.
  • The Store of the Year will revealed live at a special celebration during The Running Event 2024.


  • Nominations Deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2024 (Closed)
  • Winners notified: Thursday, July 11, 2024
  • Reception: After honoring all 2024 winners, the Store of the Year will be announced during the Industry Awards Dinner Thursday, November 21 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.

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Thank you to the 2024 Best Running Stores Sponsors!

Have questions? Email our team at [email protected]

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