Some of life's most personally satisfying moments tend to occur during solitary competitions such as one-man marathons, sprints, and kissy-face contests versus the bathroom mirror. Burn a hole through physical restrictions with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of running gear at A Runner's Circle.
A Runner's Circle, which was recently voted into the top spot for Best Running Gear in the area, has outfitted walkers, joggers, and professional bipedalers since opening in 2006. Staff members worship the feet that walk on their in-store ground by swiftly analyzing each runner's gait and each gait's raison d'être before recommending a brand that's supportive during leisurely 5-mile jogs and more ambitious prison escapes. Though shoe prices vary ($100 on average storewide), Groupon shoppers are welcome to peruse pairs, such as Vibram FiveFingers ($99.99) or Asics GT-2160 ($104.99), before exploring myriad accessories. Tifosi sunglasses ($39.99) protect eyes during lengthy outings, and Balega socks ($10.99) wick moisture from feet, resulting in tan lines that competitors simultaneously envy, fear, and adore. Owners Joe and Derek help runners keep on keeping on by stocking a plethora of men's and women's running apparel, aqua holsters, and injury-prevention items. Likewise, in the vein of supportive flow, Joe and Derek maintain a communal vibe by encouraging fellow human heart-rate monitors to share their passion for progress via clubs, group runs, and other running events, most of which don't involve a hungry bear.
A Runner's Circle
For A Runner's Circle’s founders, Joe and Derek, running is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life. With Joe’s running experience and Derek’s physical therapy expertise, they decided to team up and create a place where runner’s could come for support in all aspects of the sport. The result is A Runner’s Circle, where the duo has established a loyal community at their running store that topped Competitor magazine’s list of Best Running Shops in 2011 and 2012 in Los Angeles.
The friendly staff is highly trained in gait analysis and shoe technology, allowing them to offer expert recommendations on which shoes customers should wear on their feet, and which shoes they should wear on their elbows. They can outfit customers with selections from the store's stock of running, trail, and minimalist shoes from some of the top brands in the industry, including Asics, New Balance, Newton, and Hoka OneOne. They also have access to apparel and accessories ranging from shoe bags to water bottles and high performance hats
A Runner’s Circle also supports the running community with frequent events, races, and running clubs. They host educational events and running clinics, support environmental preservation, and also contribute to AIDS research funding by community awareness campaigns and donations.