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A new running store recently opened in Saratoga Springs, NY. When asked how they came up with the name owners Jamie and Anthony Mastroianni said it was tough. After chatting with them for a bit it was not hard to understand how iRun LOCAL came to be. The couple relocated to the area for work and immediately was drawn to Saratoga Springs. Both runners, they saw a store as a way to serve their community. They definitely want to carry fun, functional and not seen everywhere gear. We arrived at the store after my son won a raffle at the Adirondack Sports and Fitness Expo in March. He has the lucky touch, so I told him to choose whatever raffle item he wanted. Since he was just about to start track I brought him with me to get his Under Armour shirt and Camelbak water bottle.

Jamie was thrilled to show us the store and talk about their goals. She and Anthony engaged my son right away having him try on shoes and run on the treadmill while they looked at his gait using a video camera attached to the iPad. Soon they will have Apple TV set up to show the video on an even bigger screen. As my son tried on shoes and ran, Anthony showed me the community wall. A place where they will highlight local runs and races. It is also where they will highlight how they are giving back to the community. Both are very involved with the Franklin Community Center and volunteer twice a month at the Wilton Food Pantry. Anthony is also on the board of Grants to You, a non profit that helps other non profits write and receive grants. The couple definitely has a focus on giving back to their local community. Their passion for the community and running is apparent, so the name iRun LOCAL is absolutely appropriate.

Brands like Pearl Izumi, the latest from Under Armour, Innova (for the triathletes), and Newton Running show that they have a focus on brands you won't find at the big box stores. They carry a few lines for running gear that any serious runner will appreciate and those new to the sport will find appealing. They carry Camelbak bottles and popular nutrition products like LUNA bars, Clif bars and Shot Bloks as well as Salted Caramel Gu.

The store's grand opening event is March 29th from 10-6pm at 18 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs. Prizes will be given away from 10-12, so get there early and RSVP here. It is great to see another couple passionate about running open a local run store. We left with a new pair of Under Armour Speedform Apollos. They are now broken in after a week of track!

From the store website:

INSPIRE the athlete in each individual
PROVIDE expert advice and innovative fashion forward products
LEAD the community in local outreach
CREATE a comfortable place for people to meet, learn, and connect

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