10 of the best running shops in Vancouver

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Vancouver’s Sun Run is right around the corner. With the big race coming up on Sunday, April 17, now might be the perfect time to replace some of your aging equipment.

Fortunately for you Vancouver is home to some great running stores. So, to help take the guess work out of finding that perfect pair of trainers, here’s our rundown of some of the city’s best running stores.

The Running Room

Facebook / West 4th Running Room

Facebook / West 4th Running Room

With knowledgeable staff and 10 locations to choose from (including one right on UBC’s campus) in the Metro Vancouver area, this is an obvious choice for Vancouverites looking to score some running gear.

Where: Various locations. Click here for one near you.

Forerunners

Image: Facebook / Forerunners

Image: Facebook / Forerunners

Forerunners is a mainstay of Vancouver’s running scene. With a large selection of running gear, as well as clinics to help you to train for your next race, the store is the perfect place for beginners and experts alike.

Where: 3504 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver & 980 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

The Right Shoe

Image: Facebook / The Right Shoe

Image: Facebook / The Right Shoe

While not strictly a running store, this Kitsilano based company boasts a wide selection of shoes for runners. Not sure what you’re looking for? The Right Shoe’s “fit specialists” are on hand to help you find the perfect pair.

Where: 1601 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Vancouver Running Co.

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Image: Facebook / Vancouver Running Company

Vancouver Running Company takes a quintessentially Vancouver approach to the world of running: they say they believe in training hard to achieve personal bests just as much as going for that post-run brew. Plus, they carry brands like Adidas, Oakley, Salomon, Skratch Labs, and INSTANCE Run.

Where: 1886 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Mountain Equipment Co-op

Facebook / MEC

Facebook / MEC

MEC has, quite possibly, the largest selection of outdoor gear on this list. Along with the standard shoes and clothing fare, MEC also offers trackers, pedometers, special running earphones, books, heart rate monitors, packs, bags, and watches.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

Distance Runwear

Image: Facebook / Distance Runwear

Image: Facebook / Distance Runwear

Distance Runwear has two locations to serve the long-distance runner in you. Whether you enjoy running through the city or grinding on back country trails, Distance Runwear has what everything you need. As a bonus, their helpful staff also offer coaching and gait-analysis services.

Where: 4800 Main Street, Vancouver & 1328 Main Street, North Vancouver

Rackets and Runners

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Image: Racketsandrunners.com

Rackets and Runners offers the best in both running and tennis gear, and has been around in Vancouver since 1978. They offer a run club, too, so you can find like-minded enthusiasts to help maintain your momentum.

Where: 3880 Oak Street, Vancouver

The Run Inn

Image: The Run Inn

Image: The Run Inn

The Run Inn has been around since 1992 and prides itself on getting the best fit in running shoes and clothing. As well as expert staff to help with all your running needs, they also provide weekly clinics for beginners, intermediates and more advanced athletes.

Where: 2331 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver & 1212B 56th Street, Delta

Peninsula Runners

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Image: Facebook / Peninsula Runners White Rock

For those located in the Fraser Valley, Peninsula Runners has two locations to serve you in Abbotsford and Chilliwack in addition to two more locations in White Rock and Langley. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced runner, this store has something for everyone.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

New Balance

Image: Facebook / New Balance Vancouver

Image: Facebook / New Balance Vancouver

New Balance promises one-on-one attention to help get the perfect fit for your feet, whether you’re a hardcore runner or simply need some specialist shoes.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

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