Competitor Magazine Announces 2012 “50 Best Running Store” Winners

December 14th, 2012

The annual list recognizes the 50 Best Running Stores in America®, Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse named 2012 Running Store of the Year

San Diego, Calif. – December 14, 2012 – The votes are in, and Competitor magazine has once again compiled the best running stores in America. Among the top retailers, Fleet Feet Syracuse was named the 2012 Running Store of the Year. The selection of the 50 Best Running Stores in America caps off a year-long effort by Competitor magazine and Formula 4 Media, LLC, publishers of Running Insight and producers of The Running Event. The results are published in this month’s December 2012 issue of Competitor and on

“We’re proud to recognize and honor specialty stores like Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse as they play such an essential role to enable a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Doug Kaplan, Competitor SVP. “Our list of best running stores in America is a tried and true way to find top-notch running and endurance sports gear, particularly since our readers visit more stores and try more new products than anyone.”

The search began this spring with a notice posted on asking runners to recommend their favorite running store. More than 15,000 consumers nominated over 150 stores across the country. The evaluation process consisted of an undercover mystery shopping rating by Franklin Retail Solutions based on 20 different criteria, a rating of the store’s community service and involvement, and input from the leading brands supplying these stores.The awards were presented at The Running Event, the annual industry trade show and conference for the running industry.

“We have to be the most inclusive store in town. Our job is to make sure everyone is welcome,” said Ed Griffin, owner of Fleet Feet Syracuse, the 2012 Running Store of the Year. “We get fast runners who have been running their whole life and new runners who have never run at all, and every kind of runner in between. And we have to be able to relate to each customer, find out what their story is and find out what they’re trying to accomplish and be able to make recommendations based on that.”

Competitor magazine, which publishes eight regional editions 12 times a year, focuses on fitness-oriented endurance sports, like running, cycling, swimming and triathlon. The magazine is targeted at adult athletes who participate in these sports for both recreation and fitness.

The December issue of Competitor magazine is on newsstands now. The winner and top finalists are listed below:

2012 Running Store of the Year

Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse
East Syracuse, NY

Running Store of the Year Finalists:

Big River Running
St. Louis, MO

Gazelle Sports
Kalamazoo, MI

Bob Roncker’s Running Spot
Cincinnati, OH

About Competitor

Competitor is the world’s leading voice of endurance athletics. Competitor engages active people from runners to cyclists and outdoors adventurers to fulfill one simple mission: to inspire a healthy, active lifestyle. Competitor empowers readers across the country, with world-class journalism and photography, to become community leaders through their adventurous lifestyle and courageous spirit. For more information, please visit


About Competitor Group

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the active lifestyle industry’s leading media and event entertainment company. CGI is a portfolio company of the investment firm Falconhead Capital, which specializes in growing companies in the consumer sector of the leisure and lifestyle space. The aggregate CGI customer base now exceeds 7 million endurance enthusiasts and athletes. CGI’s portfolio of media assets dominate the expanding endurance industry and include a robust digital community on the web and on mobile across the Competitor Endurance Sports Network of websites. Additionally,, a leading digital registration platform, is the catalyst for the company’s race services offering that looks to meet the needs for not only the company’s owned and operated events, but also for endurance events of all sizes on behalf of the entire industry. With a leading market share of endurance enthusiasts, CGI owns and operates more than 65 events around the world, including the flagship Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 30 markets, the Land Rover TriRock Triathlon Series in 7 markets, the Columbia Muddy Buddy Series in 8 markets and the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Series in 5 markets, collectively delivering more than 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2012. Anchoring the company with rich content and marketing leverage are five publishing properties dedicated to running, cycling and triathlon including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Women’s Running and Competitor with a combined monthly circulation of over 700,000.  Further information about CGI and its digital, publishing and event properties can be found at

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