12 Running Stores in the Philadelphia Area

These local stores are not only running community centers, but they also have the hook up for all of your running needs, from shoes to shorts.

Philadelphia Runner University City | Photo by Caroline Cunningham.

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Unless you’re a serious runner, chances are that you’ve been scoring your running shoes off the clearance rack at a sporting goods store. But you know what? You — and your feet — deserve better. If you’re ready to step up your running game (and your sneaker game!) there are a bunch of running stores in the Philadelphia area that are staffed with qualified professionals who can help you pick out awesome, comfortable, and seemingly built-for-you kicks.

Below, find 12 running stores that are jam-packed with everything a runner would need, including sneakers, gadgets, and apparel. They’re all worth a visit — especially because many of these stores host free group runs, run-centric talks and expos, and serve as our running community centers.

Born to Run Inc.

Where: 821 North Bethlehem Pike, Ambler
Go here for: Vibram Five Finger shoes — if you’re into that kind of thing.

We all know that buying quality running shoes can be expensive, so you might as well be sure you’re picking the best shoe possible for you. At Born to Run, you can test out any of their shoes on their in-house treadmill to get a good idea of how they feel when you catch your stride. Their selection includes everything from casual sneakers to competitive racing shoes and even those “barefoot” toe sneakers plus plenty of apparel and accessories.

Bryn Mawr Running Company

Where: Bryn Mawr, Media, Emmaus
Go here for: Helpful pop-up events — most recently they had rep from Garmin in to answer all of your questions on their fitness-tracking tech.

With three locations, Bryn Mawr Running Company holds some serious real estate in the Philly-area running store game. Here you can find all of your running gear needs from sneakers to apparel and event gadgets like that fancy Garmin run tracker watche you’ve been eyeing. Plus, they’re an authorized dealer for Asics, Adidas, Altra, Brooks, Hoka, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, and Saucony footwear, so you know you’ll find the brands you love at this Main Line spot.

Chester County Running Store

Where: 24 South High Street, West Chester; 38 Glocker Way, Pottstown
Go here for: The event calendar which outlines local races happening on a seemingly daily basis. 

With two locations in Chester County, this locally-owned running store services a big crowd of suburban runners. Not only does this running hot spot carry a wide selection of running shoes — from road to train and even kids — they also aim to be a resource for runners in the area, offering timing services and posting the results of local races on their website.

Fairmount Running Company

Where: 2023 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount
Go here for: The neighborhood feel.

This neighborhood store will outfit you in the shoes you need and desire for any upcoming training plans, races, or just-for-fun runs. Fairmount Running Company is a big local outfitter for track and field competition shoes and apparel and therefore they offer discounts to student athletes. Their brands include Hoka One One, Brooks, Saucony, and more. Oh, and they regularly post coupons on their website — it’s a friendly neighborhood store, after all!

Fleet Feet Sports

Where: 109 NJ-73, Marlton
Go here for: Return or exchange your purchase at any time if you are not satisfied.

Though Fleet Feet is a national chain, locations like this on in New Jersey are locally owned and operated. This shop carries Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, and Saucony women and men’s sneakers. Their staff will evaluate your gait and make shoe suggestions based off of their observation and prior knowledge. In addition to a solid shoe selection, the store also features apparel like shorts, socks, and injury therapy products (like those sleeves professional athletes wear).

Jenkintown Running Company

Where: 416 York Road, Jenkintown
Go here for: Free shipping — with code: Jenkrun — on their online store.

Okay, so you might be thinking: There are so many ‘Running Companies’ on this list, what’s that all about? Well, Jenkintown is the original Running Company — the O.G. so to speak. It all started in Elkins Park in 1981 where a guy named Bob Gamberg opened the area’s first local sporting goods store. Today, this location, like Fairmount (their sister company), is a big local outfitter for track and field accessories and equipment, but it also fits run-of-the-mill athletes with the sneakers of their dreams.

North Wales Running Company

Where: 111 North Main Street, North Wales; 214 Bridge Street, Phoenixville (where All Kinds of Fast, their second store, is located)
Go here for: If what you’re looking for isn’t in the store, they’ll do their best to order it for you.

While “All Kinds of Fast” started as a joke, the name stuck for North Wales’ second location because it’s such a great motto — especially in the running store game. At either store, you can find local runners hanging out for events and talks hosted by the shop and novice runners perusing the store’s selection — it’s really a place for everyone. Plus, you can shop a lot of their gear online to make sure they have what you’re looking for before visiting in person.

Philadelphia Runner

Where: Rittenhouse, University City, Manayunk, and Glen Mills
Go here for: Their blog, #MyPhillyRun, which is chock full of helpful information like training tips and neighborhood resources.

Okay, so Philadelphia Runner kind of goes without an explanation because, even if you haven’t stepped foot in their store, chances are that you’ve heard of them. However, if you’re unfamiliar, Philadelphia Runner is a great spot to swing by for all of your running needs, from shoes to socks to sports bras. Their staff is friendly and super knowledgeable as many of them are runners themselves. Plus, they host awesome pop-up sidewalk sales where you can score some killer deals.

Road Runner Sports

Where: 921 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill
Go here for: The 3D scan of your feet during a fitting to identify imbalances and pressure points.

Yep, you heard that right — they have the technology, in-store, to 3D-scan your foot. But that’s not all: They’ll also record your stride to help analyze your specific movements. The best part? All of this happens in 12 minutes (and it’s free!), and then you’re trying on shoes that feel like they’re made for you. That said, this chain carries all of the big brands including Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, Saucony, and more, in addition to their accessory and apparel offerings.

Run Shoe Store

Where: 533 Spring Garden, Northern Liberties
Go here for: Running shopping when you’re crunched on time — they’re open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Run Shoe Store is all about the old fashioned way of doing things — as in, they still use a shoehorn. However, their website is much more modern, featuring a running FAQ section, a helpful resource for answering everything from how to find your gait to how to clean your shoes. If you’re looking for a running coach, Run Shoe Store can help with that too — Phil Clark is the founder and owner of the store AND he owns The Training Station Gym located right behind the store. Peruse their stock of women’s and men’s Brooks, Saucony, Asics, or Hoka One One sneakers.

The Running Place

Where: 3551 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Go here for: They’ll inspect your old, worn out shoes to analyze any telling wearing patterns.

At The Running Place, they’re all about finding you the right fit for whatever foot situation you may be rocking — from high arches to overly flexible feet. They examine your feet to determine what category of shoe would best serve you while inquiring about any past injuries, goals, and running habits. Their shoe selection includes Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, Saucony, and Hoka One, plus apparel offerings from the likes of The North Face, Under Armour, and more.

 Valley Forge Running Company

Where: 305 2nd Avenue, Collegeville; 426 West Swedesford Road, Berwyn
Go here for: Their food-centric fun runs (Read: beer and bagel races!).

While the Valley Forge Running Company communities sure likes the have fun while pounding the pavement — proven by their fun runs — this running shop is first and foremost, all about the fit of your running shoe. They aim to match each and every athlete with the shoe and gear that is right for their personal needs, though shoe fitting is their specialty. An in-store expert will assess your biomechanics and match you with some great shoe options based off of your unique body composition and movements.

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