If you’re looking for a selection of running stores in Ohio, this post will help. In it, we’ve featured 10 top running shops across the state.
The two namesakes of this newly-merged store are both quite well known across Ohio, though particularly in Columbus. Fleet Feet (formerly FrontRunner) boasts a knowledgeable staff, a wide selection, and a wonderful community. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.
You’ll find the usual assortment of running gear and accessories. Whether you need running shoes, activewear, gear (like socks, headbands, etc.), or even protective gear, Fleet Feet has you covered. And those seeking training or group events will be pleased to know that Fleet Feet has a wide selection of both!
To learn more, head to Fleet Feet’s contact page.
Unsurprisingly, the Columbus Running Company is based in Columbus, with several locations around Ohio. They are a beloved location for runners around the state due to the knowledgeable staff, friendly community events, and general commitment to the sport. The Columbus Running Company is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The Columbus Running Company carries a massive selection of running gear. From well-known names and industry-changing up-and-comers, there’s a highly-variable selection for just about anyone. And if you’re looking to get involved in group training or events, you’re in luck!
To learn more, head to the Columbus Running Company’s contact page.
Road Runner Sports is a pretty well-known name in running across the Midwest. With that said, though, their Worthington location is fantastic; friendly staff eager to help, a wide selection, and community-building events – what more could you need? Road Runner Sports is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday.
Road Runner Sports’ selection is broad enough to meet just about any requirements no matter your needs. From specialized shoes (if you have crazy-wide feet like me) to specific activewear brands, they really have it all. And yes – there are group runs and community events. In short, those in Ohio seeking a running store for the whole family will find all they need at Road Runner Sports.
To learn more, head over to Road Runner Sports’ contact page.
The Heights Running Company is a relatively new running spot in Brunswick, but they’re quickly developing a reputation as a great spot for all of the community’s running needs. Heights Running is open from 12-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12-3 p.m. on Sundays.
Their stock is focused but only contains the best possible products. From moisture-wicking activewear to various protective gear, shoe inserts, and more, Heights Running carries just about everything! And perhaps most importantly, Heights Running focuses on affordable running gear – no need to worry about hurting your wallet.
To learn more, head to the Heights Running Company’s contact page.
5. Second Sole
Second Sole is a somewhat unique business on this list. They began in 1997 and since have grown a reputation as one of the best spots for running gear in the greater Cleveland area. Second Sole focuses on giving gently-loved running gear a second home, thereby reducing waste. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
You’ll find a massive selection of used running shoes (carefully selected to ensure quality, of course), along with gait training, group runs, shoe fitting, nutritional guidance, and even running fashion guidance! Seriously, the staff and selection at Second Sole are truly fantastic – so don’t sleep on them!
To learn more, go to Second Sole’s contact page.
The Vertical Runner is Brecksville’s premier running store. They boast a friendly, down-to-earth environment that encourages camaraderie, collaboration, and teamwork to find the best product for each customer – a truly refreshing revelation. The Vertical Runner is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Vertical Runner carries a broad selection of running equipment; from the obvious shoes and inserts to activewear, protective gear, and nutritional snacks, you’ll find a truly incredible selection. And those who want to participate in group runs or find help with fittings will be served quite well here.
To learn more, head to the Vertical Runner’s contact page.
Queen City Running is one of Cincinnati’s most beloved running shops, and for a good reason. Their staff is friendly, their selection broad, and the community accepting. Queen City opened in 2016 and has grown steadily to several locations. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Queen City Running has a pretty focused selection of gear, but its strengths truly lie in the staff and community. Training groups, team runs, and highly knowledgeable staff will demonstrate running’s true goal – to build community and health together. If you need shoes or activewear, though, Queen City carries most of the best-known brands in the game.
If you’d like to reach out and learn more, head to Queen City Running’s contact page.
The Tri-State Running Company is a well-known name both in Cincinnati (its hometown) and in the southern Kentucky neighboring areas. They’ve developed a reputation as knowledgable, incredibly eager to help and instruct, and just a generally fantastic resource for runners, both new and old. The Tri-State Running Company is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.
They carry the usual selection of running gear. Whether you need activewear, shoes, inserts, or something more personal, Tri-State Running has you covered. They even offer numerous forms of training, group runs, and community events; seriously, what more could you need?
To learn more, head to the Tri-State Running Company’s contact page.
Dave’s Running Shop is one of Perrysburg’s most well-known names. As a three-generation family business with its roots in selling handmade, high-performance “Dave’s Performance” footgear, it’s no surprise why locals love the spot so much. Dave’s is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, closes an hour earlier on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays.
They carry all of the brands you’d expect for shoes, alongside activewear, the usual accouterments (socks, headbands, earbuds, etc.), as well as group events, training programs, and even full-on races! In short, if you’re looking for a truly local community to grow your running skills, Dave’s is one of the best spots.
To learn more, reach out at Dave’s Running Shop’s contact page.
10. New Balance
Let’s be honest here – you know what New Balance is. If you don’t recognize the name, let me ask which rock you’ve been hiding under? (And, with the pandemic still a reality, is there room for two?) Nonetheless, New Balance is one of the most proven names in running, and you can expect professionalism, extremely efficient service, and an incredibly broad selection. New Balance Sylvania is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, closes an hour earlier on Saturdays, and is open from 12-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Unsurprisingly, you’ll find just about every product made by New Balance in this store. They carry shoes, inserts, and all of the usual sporting gear, alongside a massive selection of “running-chique” activewear that is, realistically, equal parts style and substance.
If you’d like to learn more, head to New Balance’s help page.