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Story

The Runners Shop, Canada's oldest independent run specialty store. We've been helping runners, walkers, and fitness enthusiasts since 1975 (43 years young). 

Whether you stop by in person or online, you'll meet our staff (all friendly runners) equipped with exceptional product knowledge and relevant experience. We understand how important it is to be physically active and enjoy helping our customers in their efforts to stay healthy.

History

All this time, The Runners Shop has been helping runners, walkers, and fitness enthusiasts select their athletic footwear, clothing, and accessories. The store's founder, David Ellis, enjoyed a career as an international caliber runner, competing for both Great Britain and Canada in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. It was this passion and commitment to running that led David to open The Runners Shop.

From 1975 to 1997, David and his staff developed an exceptional clientele looking for specialized shoes and product knowledge. When David retired in 1997, he wanted someone to carry on the tradition of Canada's oldest specialty running store, so he sold the business to Elaine McCrea.

Elaine purchased her first pair of "real running shoes" from Dave while she was still in high school. She was a competitive runner, studied Kinesiology, and worked in specialty running retail for 10 years before taking over The Runners Shop... going on to become the store Coach.

HERstory 

And once again, the TRS saga continues with the latest owner, Lynn Bourque. Lynn has been visiting the shop for the past 20 years, since she started running as an adult, and competes at the Ontario Masters level. When she's not out with the TRS run club you can find her tearing around the store, writing in a notepad full of thousands of ideas, and bringing us baked goods to fuel the fire.

We have lots of ideas for the store moving forward and couldn't have asked for a better foundation to build upon than the one created by Elaine and David. 

TRS will continue to be firmly committed to our community and is a supporter of several local road races, triathlons and community fundraisers. We love supporting organizations that promote fitness and friendly competition, while providing an avenue for excellence in athletics!