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The Falls Road Running Store is Baltimore's oldest specialty running store.  It is locally owned and operated by runners for runners. It may well be the hardest retail operation to find this side of the Great Divide...but the search is well worth it.

Our business approach goes much further than simply stocking a commodity product that can be found in big box stores or Internet ads. Our philosophy is simple - treat runners like we want to be treated when we visit a specialty store. That means leaving you alone when you want to browse, or guiding you in the right direction when you are seeking assistance, and not jamming extra product on you to increase the amount of the sale.

Our staff knows what works, and can help you discover what should work for you.  If you have been "upsold" double your budget elsewhere, had high schoolers in malls look at you with a blank face when you tell them your heel hurts in the morning, wondered where the best runs in town are, well, you can find answers here.

Inside our doors, you will meet people who run for fitness and who run to win. You may meet milers and marathoners, trail runners and some triathletes who are great swimmers and bikers, but hate to run. You will meet walkers and football players trying to stay in shape.  Our visitors range from back-of-the-pack walkers to Olympians. Professional athletes come to us, podiatrists send their patients to us, but by far and away, most people just walk in all by themselves.

History

Years ago the Hess Running Center was the place to go in Baltimore.  Suddenly, the entire regional Hess Shoe chain closed and went out of business, including the Running Center.  About that time, local runner Jim Adams was asking local triathlon coach Troy Jacobson why he didn't sell running shoes along with wetsuits and bicycles in his triathlon store.  The two worked out a handshake deal for Jim to take a corner of the tri-store and Troy to receive a percentage of profits in lieu of rent.  Both ventures grew to the point of separation just due to space.  Troy chose to leave and set up shop in Hunt Valley, and eventually in Arizona, where he is a best-selling coach and producer of training videos.  Jim grew the original space at Falls Road to triple the original size, with the acquisition of two additional basement areas.  Inevitably, the store's growth attracted numerous competitors.  Some have survived while others have failed, but Falls Road Running remains a Baltimore running tradition.

Signature Events

Falls Road Running does not have an event management company as a formal part of the operation.  FRR generally refers that business to several management companies in the region.  However, we do operate a few store managed events every year.  You can find exact dates in the Events/Calendar section.

   A)  April - Mulligan Metric Marathon and Half Metric Marathon

   B)  June - Dreaded Druid Hills 10K - challenging 10K in Druid Hill Park.

   C) July & September - Baltimore Marathon Course Runs - supported practice runs around the Baltimore Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

   D) November - Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot in Fells Point.

   E) December - Celtic Solstice Five-Miler - the region's premier winter race.

Location

6247 Falls Road, Baltimore, 21209, right across from the Animal Hospital.

Type in 6315 Falls Road 21209 into your GPS for the turn into the hidden driveway. GPS.  *6247 Falls Road is not exactly on Falls Road, so it takes a bit of work to find the place.  We are the second row of buildings behind Leesha Lee's, the Star Spa/Indulgence Salon and the Kellog Collection.  Princeton Sports is also out front.

Hours

Shop hours are generally 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 to 5:00 PM on Sundays. Hours may fluctuate from time to time depending on local race support activities.
Call 410-296-5050 for more information.

Footwear

We focus on selling the best running shoes to help you reach your goals.  We have professional athletes training for performance and elderly walkers who just want to stroll around the block in comfort.

We carry Adidas, Asics, Brooks, K-Swiss, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, Saucony, UnderArmour running shoes consistently, though shelf space constraints keeps us from bringing in all models.  We have trail shoes and the area's largest inventory of cross-country and track spikes.  We carry spikes all year 'round.

Apparel

The shop carries a variety of the best running apparel from Asics,  Brooks, CWX, Nike, Pearl Iszumi,  UnderArmour and Zoot.NutritionWe carry gels, bars, powders, wafers from a number of sports nutrition companies, including Accelerade, CeraSport, Cliff, Endurox, GU, Hammer, PowerBar,  We also have Succeed Caps, SaltStick, and Enduralytes.AccessoriesIn addition to lots of socks and hats, we carry a large number of things that runners need or want....BodyGlide, Strassbourg Socks, SuperFeet, The Stick, stopwatches, Fuel Belt, Nathan, Ultimate Direction, watches, pedometers, GPS systems, water bottles, SpiBelt, iFitness, BlisterShield,
Blog

I wrote the linked article a few years ago, and for the most part it is still accurate.

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