Running Zone Honored In Top 50 Stores In USA For Second Consecutive Year

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The Running Zone in Melbourne, Florida has been selected among the 50 best running stores in the nation.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Running Zone in Melbourne, Florida has been selected among the 50 best running stores in the nation for the second year in a row.

For the eight consecutive year, Competitor magazine and Running Insight have joined forces to come up with the definitive list of the running stores that excel in customer service, shoe fitting, product knowledge and support of their local running communities.

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.

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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.

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.

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Denise and Don Piercy, the Space Coast’s “First Couple of Running,” and co-owners of Running Zone, are certainly in the zone when it comes to motivating people to get out and get fit.

Here’s the entire list of the 50 Best Running Stores in the U.S. for 2015 based on 20 criteria, including retail environment, shoe-fitting, checkout process, credit worthiness and community service:

Alabama

Fleet Feet Huntsville

Alaska

Skinny Raven, Anchorage

Arkansas

Rush Running Co., Bentonville

Arizona

Sole Sports, Tempe

California

A Runner’s Mind, San Francisco
A Snail’s Pace, Fountain Valley
Fleet Feet Aptos

Florida

1st Place Sports, Jacksonville
Fit2Run, Miami
FitNiche, Lakeland
Jacksonville Running Co., Jacksonville
Running Zone, Melbourne
Runner’s Depot, Davie
Track Shack, Orlando

Georgia

Big Peach Running Co., Atlanta
West Stride, Atlanta
Illinois

Dick Pond Athletics, Schaumburg
Fleet Feet Chicago, Chicago
Naperville Running Co., Naperville
Running Central, Peoria

Indiana

Fleet Feet Fort Wayne
Three Rivers Running, Fort Wayne

Kansas

KC Running & Sports Medicine Store, Leawood

Maine

Fleet Feet Maine, Portland

Maryland

Charm City Run, Maryland
Fleet Feet Baltimore

Massachusetts

Marathon Sports, Boston
New England Running Co., Beverly
Whirlaway Sports, Methuen

Michigan

Gazelle Sports, Kalamazoo
Playmakers, Okemos

Minnesota

Fleet Feet Minneapolis
Mill City Running, Minneapolis

Missouri

Big River Running, St. Louis
The Running Well Store, Kansas City

Montana

Runner’s Edge, Missoula

New Jersey

Haddonfield Running Co., Haddonfield

New York

Fleet Feet Rochester
Fleet Feet Syracuse
Medved Running & Walking Outfitters, Rochester
Sayville Running Co., Sayville

North Carolina

Bull City Running Co., Durham
Run For Your Life, Charlotte

Ohio

Columbus Running Co., Dublin
Second Sole, Akron
Up and Running, Dayton

Oklahoma

Red Coyote Running and Fitness, Oklahoma City

South Carolina

Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant

Tennessee

Fleet Feet Nashville

Texas

iRun Texas, San Antonio
Luke’s Locker, Dallas

Utah

Salt Lake Running Co.

Virginia

Pacers, Arlington
Potomac River Running, Arlington

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