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RC IN THE Community

At Running Central, giving back to our community is where our hearts and passion lie. Our mission is to help improve one’s experience in this journey called life, one step at a time. This is why we support a number of organizations who exist to serve those who are less fortunate. Collecting and re-giving lightly worn shoes and gear to individuals in Central Illinois and beyond is an on-going effort. Individuals being served by the Peoria Rescue Mission, the Center for Prevention of Abuse, Catholic Charities, Goodwill, Salvation Army, the MORE Foundation, Crittenton Centers, local grade school and highschool track teams and many more have benefited by the generosity of our customers and vendors in this constant initiative to take care of those in need.


Crittenton Centers:

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With our kids shoe trade up program you can earn 10% off a new pair of shoes for you child by donating their old pair (previously bought at running central). Crittenton Centers is one location in the Peoria area where we drop off donated kids shoes. Crittenton Centers has been serving Peoria and all of central Illinois since 1892. Their three core services include the Crisis Nursery (emergency and respite care for infants and children ages birth to 6 years, the Child Development Center (preschool and daycare for infants and children ages 6 weeks to 6 years) and Educational and Support Services. Crittenton Centers’ mission is to protect and nurture children and families. To learn more visit


The MORE Athletic Shoe Re-purpose Program:

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Did you know that your old athletic shoes can be re-purposed into agricultural training, tree nurseries, and much more? A single pair of used athletic shoes can also remove one ton of carbon from the atmosphere, while helping lift an entire family out of poverty. Those dusty shoes in your closet have more power than you know!

We want to help you harness that power by supporting the MORE Foundation Group.  MORE provides used athletic shoes to vendors in Africa. The proceeds enable MORE to send millions of tree seeds and training to the poorest of rural farm families. Instead of decomposing in landfills, your used athletic shoes can be re-purposed to offset tons of carbon from the atmosphere and regenerate farm land through agro-reforestation. Get all the facts at

How You Can Help? The MORE foundation needs athletic shoes! Bring your used – but not abused – athletic shoes into running central and every time we reach 50 pairs of shoes we will package them up and send them to the MORE foundation to be sent over to Africa! It’s time to change your shoes and change lives. 




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