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Fleet Feet History

and then, fleet are the feet,
serene in the spirit of the runner


In its infancy, running was dominated by men.

And yet, in 1976, two women decided to open a running store.

Friends Sally Edwards and Elizabeth Jansen, both 28 years old, bought a beat up Victorian house in downtown Sacramento, California, and opened the first Fleet Feet. Following the first store, they started the first marathon in Sacramento, the first fun runs and the first triathlons—committing Fleet Feet to the community.

After opening a second location up the road in Chico, California, other people began asking about opening their own Fleet Feet locations, which gave rise to the company we are today.

The original Fleet Feet location in Sacramento
A shoe rack at the original Fleet Feet location in Sacramento, California
A group of people at the original Fleet Feet location in Sacramento, California

More Than 40 Years Later...

A Fleet Feet employee carries shoe boxes to a customer

The story of running changed from being an exclusive club to an inclusive community. When you walk into a Fleet Feet today, you will find a welcoming environment where runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities receive unparalleled service and support. Our mission is to help you find the right fit in every facet of your active lifestyle.

Each store is locally owned and operated, and they are committed to enhancing and growing their local running and walking communities. They offer educational resources and training opportunities to assist you in achieving your fitness goals.

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