It was Benjamin Franklin who famously quipped, "Opposable thumbs, running shoes, and cookies for breakfast are the only things separating us from the animals." Tie some dignity to your feet with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of running shoes and accessories at Runner's Gate in Lakeville.
The extensive offerings and foot-focused service at Runner's Gate earned an appreciative nod from Runner's World magazine—it named the shop 2007 and 2008's Best Running Store in the upper Midwest. Ready feet to meet pavement repeatedly with footwear ($100–$140) from brands including Asics, Brooks, K-Swiss, Peal Izumi, Saucony, and Mizuno, and with the foot guidance and exercise wisdom of the expert staff. Though running covered in tuna fish attracts an empowering band of feline followers, pro-quality shorts ($25–$48) and tops ($18–$75) provide more professional workout garb to help runners keep pace.
While adding miles to his personal odometer, Runner's Gate owner Phil Hoffland has sprinted down the streets of Boston and through the mountains of Honolulu. As a long-distance runner, he's competed in road races and marathons such as the Twin Cities Marathon, the Madison Ironman, the Boston Marathon, the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon, and the Honolulu Marathon. He puts equal dedication into his charitable work, having served as a volunteer running coach for the local Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the athletic director and general manager of several local athletic clubs.
At his shop in Lakeville, Hoffland uses his experience and expertise to outfit runners with the shoes that will keep them safely pounding the pavement. He consults with customers to analyze factors such as foot shape, stride, and mileage estimates, and uses in-shop treadmills to help them select the right level of comfort.