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Seizing the Children’s Market

Seizing the Children’s Market Of course finding success in the children’s market is far from easy. Youth inventory doesn’t turn as often and traffic can be seasonal, largely tied to the back-to-school season. Yet more, at-once availability with children’s footwear is limited. “If you want reliability, it has to be futures,” White says. Bringing in […]

June 1, 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’s Pied Piper of Running & Better Living

Peoria’s Pied Piper of Running & Better Living Adam White of Running Central and ShaZam Racing sits down with Journal Star sports editor Kirk Wessler to talk about life, running, classical music, tattoos and the Journal Star/CEFCU Honor Roll Meet. You think that sounds disjointed, but it’s not. Listen and find out how it all […]

May 23, 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 »
Mens Journal

Running Central – Men’s Journal 20 Best Gear Stores

Nestled amongst the cornfields of Peoria, Illinois is one of he biggest and best running stores in the world. And while the endless walls of shoes, spandex, and hydration packs are a huge draw, the service that Running Central provides is just as impressive. Along with killer customer service (like custom-fitting appointments), the store organizes training programs, group runs and local races, and provides knowledge about running form, local trails, and injury prevention.

May 12, 2015 | View More »
50 Best Running Stores In America

Top 50 Running Stores 2014 – Final 4

There are a lot of great running shops across the country, but every year a select few stand out among the rest. Running Central ranked in the final 4 this year. See who else made the list!

December 5, 2014 | View More »