Phone: (309) 676-6378  |  Hours: M-F 10am-7pm  |  Sat 9am-6pm      

more than just a running store!

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the running central mission

Through the highest level of customer service and expertise, we strive to provide our customers with the proper footwear and apparel allowing each individual to experience the highest level of comfort and enjoyment in this journey called life, one step at a time.


From your head to your toes, Running Central knows!

We offer solutions that improve your personal comfort in your daily activity. So whether you are a mother, father, grandparent, walker, runner, or fitness enthusiast, know that we exist, first and foremost, as a solution center

annual events

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blarney blitz

Central Illinois’ favorite St. Paddy’s themed 5K and party! Join us for the 5K and stay for the post-race party with LIVE Irish music, food, green drinks, and a shamROCKIN’ good time!

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detweiller at dark

Over 1000 Runners and 135,000 watts of power make Detweiller at Dark one of the most unique XC events in the country! It all goes down at the historic Detweiller Park!

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whiskeydaddle races

Whiskeydaddle is your premiere Midwest racing event. From a Boston-qualifying marathon to a downtown flat and fast 5k, there is a race distance for everyone!

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chocolate turkey

That’s right, the Chocolate Turkey 3 Miler is on Thanksgiving Day and all race participants will get a chocolate turkey, limited edition race shirt, and best of all – chocolate goodies!

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I had a fantastic experience at running central!! The personalized fitting was special and new to me. I feel as though my knowledge about proper footware has increased as did my appreciation for great service and great shoes! Keep it up!!!


Peoria, IL


I came in to buy a pair of running shoes for my son and I. was going to just run in and buy a couple of pairs as I had never visited running central before and was unaware of the depth of service you provide. Everyone was friendly and efficient. I was definitely impressed with the service and the prices were also very competitive!


Germantown Hills, IL


Maggie was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Answered all my questions and helped find the right fit within my budget. When my max was reached she wasn’t pushy to get me to continue to spend more. Very understanding. Much appreciated!


Pekin, IL


It was from my first visit with Dawn that I gained the courage and confidence to call myself a runner for the first time and commit to my first pair of running shoes with Hannah. Hannah was very kind in explaining to me my gait, my needs, pros and cons of each shoe and was attentive to my financial needs as well!


Glasford, IL


Thank you for your expertise and kindness. It was beyond my expectation! I especially liked that when the guy who fitted me wasn’t sure about something he consulted another guy- that made me feel very special!!


Amherst, OH