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Nominations Now Open for the Best Running Stores of 2021

Annual awards ceremony to celebrate winning run specialty stores at The Running Event on December 2 in Austin, TX

PORTLAND, Maine (February 10, 2021)Best Running Stores, the awards program that identifies and honors the best run specialty retail stores in America, today announced that nominations are open for the 2021 awards. The ceremony will take place December 2 in Austin, TX at the 15th annual The Running Event.

“We’re excited to open nominations for the 2021 awards and invite all members of this close-knit and passionate community to submit the stores that have gone above and beyond in run specialty retail—setting a new level of excellence for customer service along the way,“ said Christina Henderson, Executive Director of Best Running Stores and The Running Event. “We were unable to celebrate 2020’s winning stores in person, honoring them in a virtual ceremony held during Running Insight’s Market Week instead. With that, it feels especially meaningful to come together during The Running Event this December for a night of recognition. We look forward to capping off three days of forward-looking conference sessions, dynamic product demonstrations and showcases, and peer-to-peer learning with a celebration of the Best Running Stores of 2021.”

All industry professionals, brands, and retail customers are welcome to nominate one store that best serves their customers and community. Best Running Stores of 2021 nominations must be submitted by March 24. Winners will be selected following evaluation and notified by mid-July; the Store of the Year will be announced at the December 2nd live celebration. All winning stores will receive two free passes to The Running Event, including accommodations at the host hotel.

Nominate a store online here.

About The Running Event
Launched in 2006, The Running Event is North America’s largest running specialty trade show. Each year, it attracts thousands of industry professionals seeking the latest in running footwear, apparel, gear, and services. With numerous opportunities for peer-to-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 specialty. For more information, visit

About Diversified Communications
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