By Allen Foster

Running is not a fad. It’s not a hobby, recreation, or even merely an exercise. If you’re a true runner, it’s a way of life. You’ll gladly hit the pavement at 4 a.m. if you have to, just so you don’t miss a single day. Arguably the most important element in your success is the type of shoes you wear. When you shop, you need a knowledgeable sales person who will guide you to the optimum choice for your individual needs. Here are five Philadelphia area stores that specialize in running shoes.

Jenkintown Running Co.
416 York Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046
(215) 887-2848
www.jenkrun.com

Staff members at the Jenkintown Running Co. describe themselves as “geeks for sneaks.” Each associate has had formal training in Gait-Analysis and Biomechanics and is armed with extensive knowledge of shoe technologies. In addition, Jenkintown Running Co. can provide race equipment (from bibs to chips) for your big event and they offer free clinics for runners of all levels. The store has a number of esteemed partners such as the family favorite Gobble Wobble 5K, an all-ages fun run that takes place each year on Thanksgiving morning.

Run Shoe Store
533 Spring Garden St., Suite D2
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 964-9558
www.runshoestore.com

Have a fit. The Run Shoe Store in Philadelphia acknowledges that even the best sneakers could sometimes use a little tweaking. That is why physical therapists, podiatrists, and chiropractors refer their patients to this esteemed company. Boasting a selection that ranges from Adidas to Zoot, the Run Shoe Store is dedicated to indulging the runner with the perfect shoe. They even go as far as recommending a running coach who can help you achieve your goals.

Athletic Shoe Shop
12 Washington Ave.
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 968 – 8544
www.theathleticshoeshop.com

Located just a short distance from the city in scenic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the Athletic Shoe Shop has been offering customers expert advice on fitness gear for over 20 years. The family-owned organization prides itself on a uniquely friendly brand of customized personal service. The Athletic Shoe Shop is dedicated to providing the best quality products and services to increase their customers health and well-being. It is important to note that beyond great products and services, the company also has an extensive database that contains detailed information on area races.

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Fairmount Running Company  
2023 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(267) 639-6046
www.runfairmount.com

Located at 2023 Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, the Fairmount Running Company is a running specialty store. The store has a professional staff that is knowledgeable in running and track & field, as well as fitness in general. Besides their extensive selection of running shoes, the Fairmount Running Company services many area sports teams with competition shoes and uniforms. Additionally, they offer discounts to student athletes and have a weekly group run every Wednesday. Whether you’re an extreme competitor or a casual participant, this company has the perfect shoe for you.

Philadelphia Runner  
3621 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 662-5100
www.philadelphiarunner.com

Whether you’re covering two miles a week or 200, the Philadelphia Runner is a locally-owned, independent running shoe specialty company that can help you hit your stride. Staffed by runners and fitness enthusiasts who share your passion, this store is eager to help inspire you to greatness at any one of their four locations (Center City, University City, Glen Mills, or Manayunk). Besides excellent selection and service, the Philadelphia Runner offers a rewards program to their loyal customers. Group runs happen every Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Running Co. of Haddonfield
121 Kings Hwy E.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
(856) 428-1666
http://runningco.com/

Running Co. of Mullica Hill
86 N Main St.
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
(856) 223-9350
http://runningco.com/

Running Co. is not only a group of stores in South Jersey to get your running shoe needs, they also host group runs in Haddonfield, Medford and Moorestown. The company also has a list of local races on its website that runners can participate in.