There’s nothing worse than being wet or cold on your runs. Cold ears, wet toes and numb fingers are all valid reasons to skip out on your runs. So let’s get rid of those excuses! The proper gear can, and will, make your runs more enjoyable. And there’s nothing like some new running clothes to get you motivated to hit the streets or the trails. Here are 5 independent, local, Vancouver running stores to get you geared up and ready for the fall and winter running season.
Five Vancouver running stores to get your gear on!
This local haven for runners helmed by super runner and certified road running instructor, Dave Cressman, opened in 2012 and expanded to North Vancouver a few years ago. His store’s motto is #runwellrunforever. They do stride analysis and are a true speciality store carrying brands that represent the best in running apparel, footwear and accessories and promote new and exciting brands as well.
4800 Main Street Vancouver, 604-737-6982
1328 Main Street, North Vancouver, 604-770-2484
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Forerunners has three locations in the Lower Mainland and all are stocked with the top running brands. They have the gear and their staff has the expertise to help you find everything you need to transition comfortably into the fall and winter running seasons. With their running clinics, they will also motivate you to reach all your fitness goals.
3502 W 4th Ave and 3889 Main Street, Vancouver
Vancouver Running Co.
Vancouver Running Co. prides itself on providing uncompromising performance essentials for all runners. From headgear to jackets to pants to shoes, they’ve got you covered. And once they outfit you in exactly what you need for this running season, they can even help you with your training by suggesting one of their group runs or training clinics.
1886 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, (778) 379-8511
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Rackets and Runners
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Since 1978, Rackets and Runners has been outfitting runners with gear to help you brave all of Vancouver’s seasons. They will help you find whatever you need and they’ll make sure everything fits like a glove (whether it be actual gloves you’re trying on, or shoes, jackets, pants or anything else!). They want you to leave the store happy and excited to try out your new gear (possibly in one of their running groups!).
3880 Oak Street (@23rd Ave.), Vancouver, (604) 733-9211
The Run Inn
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Whether you’re a beginner, a novice or a pro, The Run Inn can help you with all your running needs. For the past 25 years they have been providing a great selection of athletic footwear and apparel and they pride themselves on helping their customers find the perfect running gear. And once you’re all geared up, they can set you up with one of their running groups or clubs.
2331 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, (604) 267-7866
Amy Beeman has been working in morning radio for almost 20 years, first in her hometown of Prince George and now for 94.5 Virgin Radio with Jonny, Holly & Nira. Her interests include running half marathons, dancing in her kitchen, napping, blogging at According to Amy, and going on adventures with her twins, Lucy and Sam, and her son Stanley. Amy loves seeing the world through their eyes.