Escaping from Alcatraz always required determination, fearlessness, and a 21-speed bike. Break out of the indoors with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of running and cycling equipment, apparel, and accessories at Soler's Sports. Choose from the following locations: Alamo Heights, Jackson Keller Road, and Stone Oak Parkway, all in San Antonio, as well as the location in Helotes.
For more than 20 years, Soler's Sports has equipped runners, cyclists and athletes with high-quality equipment and apparel, a service that landed them among the 50 Best Running Stores in America in 2010. Helmed by experienced runner and founder Roger Soler, the sports emporium touts a fully stocked inventory of brand-name manufacturers, including apparel and equipment from Adidas, Asics, Nike, and Reebok. Runners can slide their pavement pounders into a pair of Vitalsox compression socks ($35), which volunteer snug support and protection against friction caused by rough terrains, warm environments, and excessive sole high-fiving. Meanwhile, kinesiology tape ($12.99) dispenses relief to achy joints, and water-toting hydration packs ($41.95) ensure bodies remain sufficiently stocked with fluid. The qualified team at Soler's is also available to help steer athletes toward success during the most challenging of sporting quests, including riding a bike into a volcano and running a marathon on the ocean floor.
When 16-year-old Roger Soler crossed the finish line first at the Peruvian National Junior Championship, his victory marked the beginning of a love affair with running. At age 18, he set a Peruvian record in the 1500-meter and eventually brought his talents to the U.S., where he competed in the 5000-meter race at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Through it all, Roger nurtured a genuine fondness for running that blossomed into a full-fledged passion when he opened the first Soler's Sports more than two decades ago.
Today, Soler's Sports boasts four locations staffed by athletes with real-life experience in biking and running and was awarded a spot on Running Insight's Top 50 Running Stores of 2011. Staffers tend to customers on an individual basis, guaranteeing sneakers to accommodate gaits and bikes to fit bodies based on detailed analyses. Once employees have profiled the perfect shoe or bike, they help patrons find them, searching through the store’s stock, which includes bike brands like Cannondale and Felt, and shoe brands like Nike, Saucony, Hoka, Adidas. Do not carry Ridley bikes, Vibram shoes or Vitalsox. Patrons can test-drive new kicks and wheels at the store's group runs and rides.