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Independent We Stand: Why You Should Shop at Local Running Stores

By Alex Gladu, Community Manager, Independent We Stand

Whether you’re a casual jogger or a serious marathoner, you know how hard it can be to find the perfect pair of running shoes. You want a pair that will offer you support but won’t weigh you down on long trails. You need a high-quality pair that can keep up with your workout routine, but you can’t afford to break the bank every time you wear another pair out. It sometimes seems like an uphill battle, but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes to find the perfect shoe at the right price is a trip to your local running store, where you’ll find quality products, expert service and a community of supporters at every level of running.

Locally owned, independent running stores, like Ken Combs Running Store, are known for their high-quality products and expert customer service. They carry the most respected brands and shoes in the industry because storeowners make buying decisions based on their personal experiences with the product, not on cost-per-unit analyses and national buying patterns. These stores also have the most respected employees in the industry because they hire runners, coaches and trainers who have years of experience. These employees work together as a team to help customers find the best products for their fitness routines, and they can even offer advice about local running trails and workout programs.

In addition to the stellar in-store experience, local running shops offer exciting out-of-store experiences that chain stores just can’t keep up with. Many local running retailers have weekly running clubs that meet up to run local trails together. They also sponsor local races and fun runs that bring runners from across the community together. The fun runs, in particular, cater to runners of all levels with unique themes like glow-in-the-dark runs or obstacle course runs. These activities help runners get to know each other and put the community on a path to a healthier, more active future.

When you support locally owned, independent fitness stores, you get the products and service you need to keep running. Meanwhile, your community gets the economic support it needs to keep running, too. Local businesses return more money to the local economy and donate more money to local causes per dollar of sales than national chains. These stores directly support both individual members of the community and the community as a whole.

Start supporting local businesses in your community by visiting a locally owned fitness store for all your running essentials. With their quality products and expert service, local fitness stores will help you hit the trails and keep your community running smoothly.

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of running shoes, an indie coffee shop or a new restaurant to try, buying ‘local’ is the answer and Independent We Stand can help you find these businesses. Try our local business only search  or mobile app to help you find it. Download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

 About Independent We Stand

Independent We Stand is a buy local movement that connects consumers with small businesses like Ken Combs Running Store in their community. Independent We Stand emphasizes the importance of buying local for the economic benefits and community well-being. Check out our website at www.independentwestand.org for more ‘buy local’ blogs.



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