You registered months ago, ran your training miles, and are all set for race day...but do you have all the gear you need? With less than two weeks until toeing the start line, now is the time to make sure you have everything you need for race day. Do you have your outfit planned (remember to test-run your outfit)? Need to stock up on your favorite fuel or hydration? Have your handheld water bottle or fuel belt ready (remember, hydration backpacks are NOT allowed at Peachtree Road Race)? Maybe new sunnies are on your list of new accessories you need for race day.
You would think that I have my gear all together after doing this for so many years, but I am constantly always having to pick something up at my local running store. Since I love to shop local and support my Atlanta-area running community, one of my absolute favorite places to get new gear is Big Peach Running Co. From shoes to appareal to recovery, accessories, fuel and more, Big Peach Running Co. has everything you need for your running and walking needs.
Every year, the Running Industry Association partners with Running Insight trade magazine to identify the 50 Best Running Stores in America. There is a rigorous evaluation process, which includes store nominations, mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors, and assessments about local programs and community commitment. Once again, Big Peach Running Co. is named one of the top 50!
"We are happy to be recognized by those within our industry. In a world that continues to migrate to online shopping, it takes dedication and commitment from our team to not only connect with the surrounding communities but to deliver an outstanding Guest experience. This award let's us know, that attention to detail and great customer service is still important to the Atlanta running community.", says Founder/Co-Owner Mike Cosentino. It has long been the mission of Big Peach Running Co. to encourage more individuals to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle through running and walking. Co-Owner, Steve DeMoss says “Everyone is welcome! Runners come in all shapes, sizes, abilities, and backgrounds and it's our job to help make running more fun and enjoyable. It all starts with our 3-Step Fit Process."
(Source: Big Peach Running Co.)
The Fit Process starts with an evaluation of the individuals feet. This includes measuring for size as well as width and arch height. The majority of individuals experience discomfort from not wearing shoes that are properly fitted, which can also lead to injury. Step Two is the Video Gait Analysis with the use of iPads, the individual is recorded running. The analysis helps determine pronation as well as running form. Both can help determine what kind of shoes would work best. The third step is where the shoes are actually tried on and the staff member asks for feedback and can make additional recommendations to help narrow down the selection to the shoe that not only fits right but also feels great.
The entire consultation is free of charge and many times Guests return seeking additional advice on training and fueling for races. Big Peach Running Co. has a lot of confidence in their process that they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If any anytime the shoes has defects or fails to live up to expectations, Big Peach Running Co. will replace, exchange, or refund the purchase.
(Source: Big Peach Running Co.)