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.

The best running stores in the U.S. offer exemplary customer service for every type of runner, organize training programs, group runs and local races, and provide knowledge and insights about the latest trends, the newest gear, proper running form, local trails and injury prevention. In other words, it’s much more about spreading the joy and passion of running than it is about selling new shoes and gear.

Every year, Competitor magazine partners with Running Insight trade magazine to identify the 50 Best Running Stores in America. It starts with readers nominating their favorite shops on Then there is a rigorous evaluation process, which includes runner nominations, mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors, and assessments about local programs and community commitment.

Which running shop is the best in the country for 2014? The Columbus Running Company was named The Running Store of the Year for 2014 on Dec. 4 at an industry-only trade show in Austin, Texas. Here’s a glimpse of the four finalists and all of the shops earning the 50 Best Running Stores in America seal of approval for 2014.

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