Toronto stores that specialize in running gear

Everyone in the city seems to be running lately, and it's no wonder why; according to a new study, running is the number one form of exercise in Canada. With shoes, clothing and GPS trackers, these Toronto stores will get you out on the road and in with the crowd.

The Runners Shop

374 Bloor St W, Main, Toronto, ON M5S 1X2

Located near the ROM in downtown Toronto, The Runners Shop sells nearly every kind of running gear you can think of. Specializing in shoe fittings, the crew here will examine your gait and foot structure to make sure you get the right kicks to help you run safely and comfortably.

BlackToe Running Inc

95 Bathurst St, ON M5V 0H7

Black Toe Running is the place to go if you're planning on completing a long race or marathon. They focus on providing proper equipment for long-distance runners. With a large selection of GPS trackers, energy gels and hydration systems, Black Toe will get you fitted with gear to help keep you in the race longer.

Energia Athletics

164 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

In the heart of Greektown, Energia Athletics offers more than just running shoes and clothing; they specialize in running clinics to help get you on the road. They have classes for those just beginning to run and for those looking to complete a marathon. At Energia Athletics you will find the gear and guides to improve your pace, including running accessories like outerwear, watches, heart-rate monitors, and more.

ATR Sports

814 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1N5

Although ATR Sports specializes in racquet sports, they are a solid mention for runners. With a wide selection of running shoes, ATR rules the pack by offering something no one else does: orthotics. They provide custom fitting so that you receive the best orthotics for your foot type. ATR will make sure your inserts fit well inside your running shoes while protecting your feet.

Enduro Sport

812 Eglinton Ave E, East York, ON M4G 2L1

As the name suggests, this shop is all about endurance-related sports, namely running, cycling and swimming. Located in the east end, Enduro Sport is a small store, but it is packed with running essentials. You can also join their free running groups in the Mount Pleasant trails if you're looking to train.

Runner's Mark

53 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1C9

Located just outside the downtown core, Runner's Mark was opened specifically to offer running gear at the same price you can get them across the border. Owned by all-star competitive athlete Carl Worrell, Runner's Mark is packed with the necessary equipment – running shoes, apparel and gear – you need without killing your wallet.

Europe Bound

383 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1

If you are into trail, barefoot or winter running, Europe Bound is a great place to go. Though frequented mostly by climbers, runners will find a great variety of cold-weather clothing options, plus trail and barefoot running shoes. It is a great spot if you're looking for products outside the mainstream.

For most Torontonians, swimming during the winter season seems like a crazy idea, but with a large selection of indoor pools throughout the city, you can swim all year round. So don't wait for summer to show off your killer breast stroke; take the plunge at one of these indoor pools today.
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