Best of Boston

BEST Running Shop

2014 BEST Running Shop

South End Athletic Company

Boston

Neighborhood running shops really have to go the extra mile (sorry, we couldn’t resist) to compete with the big guys these days. And South End Athletic Company does just that, with a carefully chosen selection of footwear and apparel from… read more »

2013 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Boston

On Marathon Monday, the Marathon Sports location on Boylston Street lost its window and some inventory. But the staffers here never abandoned their single-minded runners’ focus: Clothes for sale became tourniquets, and employees became makeshift nurses. Today, the store is… read more »

2012 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Brookline

After sizing you up, the running enthusiasts here will walk you through their enticing selection of trainers and racers, let you take ‘em for a spin, then watch you jog off into the sunset. Hate hoofing it alone? Ask the… read more »

2011 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Brookline

Here road warriors can find the latest shoes; outerwear built to withstand the elements; and a multitude of accessories and performance-boosting extras. What puts Marathon out in front, however, is the education it throws in for free: Come in with… read more »

2008 BEST Running Shop, Shoes
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Marathon Sports

Brookline

Get personalized attention every step of the way at Marathon, where sharp-eyed employees will diagnose your stride on the sales floor and then bring out model after model in search of the right fit. (Customers are encouraged to take a… read more »

2007 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Brookline

There’s a myth that says running requires nothing more than comfortable sneakers and willpower. Untrue: If you’re serious about the sport (or are merely trying to look as if you are), you’re also going to need some sweat-wicking shorts and… read more »

2006 BEST Running Shop

Boston Running Company

Boston

When Diddy ran the New York City Marathon as a last-minute, made-for-MTV fundraiser/publicity stunt, he was able to enlist the legendary Alberto Salazar to help him through his crash-course, five-week training regimen. You, obviously, are not Diddy. But you can… read more »

2005 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Boston

The wall of New Balance, Nike, Brooks, and Saucony sneakers is just for starters. Marathon Sports also stocks running maps, reflective vests, fuel belts, and fun gadgets. But what really keeps us coming back to this repeat Best of Boston… read more »

2004 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Boston

From the crowds who cheer on marathoners to the city-dwellers who do bridge loops along the Charles, Boston is a runner’s city. And no place helps locals log the miles like Marathon Sports. Marathon has the largest selection of shoes… read more »

2003 BEST Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Boston

Any running shop can outfit you with warm winter running tights, a cool stopwatch, or the best summer dry-fit shirt. But only the best can motivate you to actually get out and use the stuff you spent all that money… read more »