Did you forget to pack your running shorts? Need gels to fuel your run or a new pair of running shoes? I recommend three local retail shops that are stocked with just about everything that you’ll need for your run.
The first is Paragon Sports located on Broadway and 18th Street. This retailer has been in business since 1908 and has been the NYC running community’s primary source for running gear, apparel and running shoes since the first NYC marathon way back in 1970. There is quite a large selection and they sell professional level products for many other sports as well.
Next on the list is JackRabbit Sports which was founded in Brooklyn in 2003. They were one of the first retailers to analyze their customer's running gait. A video recording is made as customers run on a treadmill. The JackRabbit staff then reviews the video to ensure their customers are matched with the proper running shoes. JackRabbit Sports is now a nationwide retailer with six locations in NYC.
The newest specialty running store is the Brooklyn Running Company. Its been around since 2013 and is one of the only independently owned and operated running retailers in NYC. Because they’re are a small organization they are very close to the local running community so, they stock what the locals want and need. It's certainly worth the subway ride out to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to check them out!