Running shoes usually have logos that evoke the idea of speed, such as a swoosh, a cheetah driving a go-kart, or a child growing up. Be the fastest human you know with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of shoes and running gear at Ragged Mountain Running Shop in Charlottesville, near the University of Virginia grounds.
Ragged Mountain Running has helped foot-soldiers chase their dreams for nearly 30 years, offering running shoes, windbreakers, and other get-fit goods, as well as info on local races and running clubs. Owned by Michigan State University track star Cynthia Lorenzoni and her running-coach husband Mark, the outlet outfits runners and other athletes with a wide variety of running shoes, including Asics 1160 ($80.99) and Nike Pegasus ($85.99).
Complimentary gait analysis matches athletes with footwear that prevents injuries, accommodates stride styles, and idly knits socks during off-hours. Marathoners salivate over the shop's water-hydration belt, which totes snacks and multiple water bottles for long runs ($39.99), while the foam massage roller relaxes tight calves and quads ($24.99). Fleet-footed visitors can also pick up Powerstep inserts ($29.99) for their trainers or a Timex Ironman Triathlon 10-Lap watch ($35.95) to practice sprinting after missed helicopter rides.
3 Elliewood Ave.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903Get Directions