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Cinco de Kilo 5k

Cinco de Kilo 5k It’s Cinco de Mayo! Over 400 runners and walkers showed up at the Peoria Riverfront Trail Friday to participate in the Cinco de Kilo. This event is a 5k run or walk race hosted by Shazam racing. After the race was over, people celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta, where […]

May 5, 2017 | View More »

50 Best Running Stores 2016

50 Best Running Stores 2016 A great running store is the cornerstone of a healthy running community. It not only provides the latest knowledge on shoes and gear, but also fosters a passion for the sport by building a thriving community around it. Only through exemplary customer service, insightful industry knowledge and well-organized provisions of […]

March 13, 2017 | View More »

Local Businesses Step Forward

Local Businesses Step Forward Caterpillar’s announcement to move its headquarters to the Chicago area shook the river city. But, other businesses still call Peoria home and consider it their headquarters. Thursday, business owners came together announcing a new movement. More than 30 business owners stepped forward as part of the “Peoria is My Headquarters” movement.  […]

March 9, 2017 | View More »

Peoria Keeps the Racers and Whiskey Running

Peoria Keeps the Racers and Whiskey Running ShaZam Racing has pulled a new event off the shelf. The Whiskeydaddle Races include a Boston-qualifying marathon called The Barrel, a half marathon called The Bottle, a marathon relay called The Bootlegger, a 5K race called The Shot and a kids event called The Skidoo. All races are […]

March 5, 2017 | View More »

Whiskeydaddle Festival

Whiskeydaddle Festival The Peoria Marathon is turning into a weekend long festival, going now by the name of Whiskeydaddle. Shazam Racing and Running Central are paying tribute to the 80 plus years Peoria was known as the “Whiskey Capital of the World”. The event will be two days of family fun, the 5-K Race and […]

February 20, 2017 | View More »

Detweiller at Dark

Detweiller at Dark More than a half century after a historic Olympic run, young runners still want to learn from Bob Schul, the only American to win the gold medal in 5000 meters. Schul, who won at the 1964 games in Tokyo, brought two runners that he trains in Ohio to Detweiller at Dark on […]

July 22, 2016 | View More »

Running Central to Host Honor Roll Meet

Running Central to Host Honor Roll Meet It’s official: The Honor Roll Meet will go on. The Journal Star has reached an agreement with ShaZam Racing and Running Central to direct and help promote the annual track and field meet, scheduled for May 24 at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. Not that the event faced […]

March 17, 2016 | View More »
50 Best Running Stores In America

50 Best Running Stores 2015

Every year Competitor magazine partners with Running Insight trade magazine to celebrate and identify these qualities in the 50 best running stores across the nation. The process begins with readers nominating their favorite shops on, followed by diligent evaluations executed by undercover shoppers. Running Central made the top 50 again. Check out who else is on the list!

November 24, 2015 | View More »

Running Central Hosts St. Jude Run

Running Central Hosts St. Jude Run Last year, Marie White watched teams running for St. Jude and knew she wanted Running Central to have its own satellite run. “I just loved the energy,” Marie said. After she spoke to Adam White, her husband who owns Running Central, and others, the run became a reality this year […]

August 1, 2015 | View More »

Central to Running

Central to running: Adam White The owner of Running Central has shaped his life around the sport and the people who make it special. His eyes light up and body language changes when talking about what makes runners a spectacular type of athlete. “Runners are a brilliant, brilliant group of human beings,” White said. “They are […]

July 20, 2015 | View More »