Ridgefield Running Company, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, was named Store of the Year at the annual reception honoring run specialty retailers
Portland, ME (December 15, 2022) — Ridgefield Running Company was recently named the Best Running Store of 2022 at The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, Texas. The Best Running Stores annual awards program recognizes and celebrates the leading run specialty retailers in the US, each year naming a new Store of the Year.
“The Best Running Stores awards program is an opportunity to honor the stores and individuals that make the run specialty industry so extraordinary,” said Christina Henderson, Event Director, The Running Event. “Selecting the Store of the Year is never easy, but Ridgefield Running Company embodies exactly what it means to be a Best Running Store, leading by example in how they support their community, employees, customers, and the run specialty industry as a whole.”
For the 2022 awards program, The Running Event Team received 15,084 individual nominations from stores’ customers, communities, and employees, with 255 unique storefronts nominated in total. After a months-long evaluation and secret shop process, the 2022 Best Running Stores were selected—a total of 61 stores from across the US. Next, the Top Four stores were chosen, followed by the Store of the Year.
On December 1 at TRE 2022, the 61 winning stores were celebrated at the annual Best Running Stores Reception. Capping off a night of celebration, the Top Four stores were announced: Fleet Feet Louisville, Ridgefield Running Company, Palmetto Running Company, and Shu’s Idaho Running Company. The night ended with Ridgefield Running Company being named 2022 Store of the Year. Cat Granskog (Accessories Buyer), Casey Muminović (Marketing Manager), and Megan Searfoss (Owner and Founder) of Ridgefield Running Company came to the stage to accept the Store of the Year award.
“Being recognized as Store of the Year is amazing,” said Megan Searfoss, Owner and Founder, Ridgefield Running Company. “My team keeps pushing the envelope on what run specialty means—they deliver exceptional experience, and that motivates me every day.”
See the full list the Best Running Store of 2022 at this page. For more information about winning store criteria and the nomination process, click here. Nominations for 2023 will open in February, with the 2023 Best Running Stores reception set to take place at The Running Event 2023 on Thursday, November 30 in Austin, Texas.
About The Running Event
Launched in 2006, The Running Event (TRE) is North America’s premier run specialty trade show. Each year, it attracts thousands of industry professionals seeking the latest in footwear, apparel, gear, and services. New for 2022, TRE expands with Switchback at The Running Event, a dedicated space within the exhibit hall showcasing top outdoor brands. With numerous opportunities for peer learning, interactive and forward-looking conference programming, and dynamic product demonstration and discovery, The Running Event is the can’t-miss trade show for run and outdoor specialty. For more information, visit www.therunningevent.com.
About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities, and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products, Diversified Communications connects, educates, and strengthens business communities in over 15 industries including: renewable energy, healthcare, natural and organic, food and beverage, and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA, with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third-generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: https://www.divcom.com.