Minneapolis Top Specialty Running Stores

March 18, 2013

Spring is right around the corner (hopefully) and if you’re like me, you might be waiting until it gets a little warmer before hitting the Minneapolis running trails! Nothing beats a casual run or walk around Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet or Lake of the Isles on a beautiful spring or summer day!

Whether you’re an avid or casual runner or just enjoy walking, it is important to be fitted for the proper footwear. People living in the Twin Cities metro area are fortunate to be located near a variety of specialty running stores in Minneapolis – St. Paul that serve their athletic footwear needs. We wanted to make sure you’re properly fitted as well as give you a little insight and recommendation to some of the best running stores Minneapolis has to offer!

TC Running Company - Eden Prairie

TC Running Company – 6405 City West Parkway Eden Prairie, MN 55344

According to TC Running Company, their store carries the largest selection of men’s and women’s trail and running shoes in Minneapolis areas. If you want to shop where running is a passion, not simply a bottom line, keep TC Running Company in mind.

They are vendor of choice to local running groups such as Lifetime Fitness, MDRA, ALARC and The Marsh, along with many high school and college athletes, competitive runners and parents of student athletes.

Marathon Sports - Minneapolis

Marathon Sports – 2312 W 50th Street South Minneapolis, MN 55410

Since 1985, Marathon Sports “run and walk specialists” has served Twin Cities customers with their personal fitness undertakings. This locally owned and operated store is unique as the staff was trained by Dr. Paul Langer, podiatrist. He and Dr. Chris Leisz, M.D. are also in-store physicians.

Their aim is to fit individual customers with correct shoes using biomechanical and foot assessments. The store stocks major brands of footwear such as: Asics, Saucony, Mizuno, Nike and others. If they do not carry the best shoe for your specific foot, they will special order it.

Startline Running Store - Minnetonka

STARTLINE Running Store – 12979 Ridgedale Drive Minnetonka, MN 55305

STARTLINE Running Store says, “Forget the label – go for fit”. While they carry major labels, their expert fitters provide customized gait analysis, observe ankle motion and examine your arches to direct your shoe selection.

Since 1997, they have helped athletes get to the STARTLINE with their friendly advice and stellar athletic apparel, accessories and shoes. STARTLINE personnel are athletes, such as fitness coaches, track & field runners and Ironmen
who specialize in listening to the customer.

Running Room - Minneapolis

The Running Room – 2801 Hennepin Ave South, 1st Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55408

If you’re looking for running shoes in Minneapolis, The Running Room is part of America’s largest chain of running stores. This family owned company was founded in 1984 by John Stanton, Edmonton Canada who had a vision to help athletes purchase quality running shoes from people who knew running.

Stanton has built his brand on the belief that team members who are running on the same roads as customers had better relate to them. The unique spin of The Running Room is the social aspect where their Run Club meets twice weekly.

Gear Running Store - Edina

GEAR Running Store – 4406 France Avenue S Edina, MN 55410

GEAR Running Store is the oldest of the specialty running stores in Minneapolis, as well as the entire state. Since October 1983 the family owned and operated store has supported and given-back to the running community.

They do carry the traditional brands of running shoes you would expect to find, but GEAR is really excited about their natural running solutions. Joining the “less is the new more” revolution, they carry Nike Frees, Vibram Five Fingers and Newton Distancias to fit your “barefoot running” needs. With four running coaches as staff members, you will be guided to the correct and comfortable shoe to help you become a more efficient runner.

Right Fit Running - Mounds View

Right Fit Running – Mounds View Square Mall 2557 Hwy 10 NE Mounds View, MN 55112

Right Fit Running believes “the Right Fit makes all the difference”. Their total focus is geared toward fitting the individual for their best in running shoes and apparel.

The store was established in 2009 when the owner observed a need for specialty running stores in Minneapolis north metro. Customer reviews indicate the store is kid-friendly, to the point of staff bringing toys to their toddlers. As one happy customer remarked, “That cinched the deal for me. I won’t go anywhere else for my running needs.”

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