Best of Boston

2001 Best Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Boston is (as a running city should be) chock full of running shops. But none provides the level of personal attention offered at Marathon Sports, where the staff is rigorously trained to labor over every sale. Salespeople here will consider your budget, your running level, and—above all—your foot structure and stride (test runs included) before weeding out your ideal buy from the store’s epic stock.

1654 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-4161,