From the owner of Fleet Feet Sports

Happy New Year! 

As we welcome the New Year, I want to share with you some of what we have in store for 2017.  This year is going to be exciting and full of energy! We will offer new opportunities and training programs to help you be FIT and healthy.  We will host group runs and events where you can have fun and meet new people. We will introduce new vendors and products, some of which are exclusive to Fleet Feet Sports.  We will provide additional training for our team, so that we can continue to learn and elevate the level of service we provide.  2017 is going to be a most exciting year!

Here's a sneak peek and a little more detail about what lies ahead:

The Evolution of Footwear Fit

 We have been working with a vendor partner and a handful of other very select retailers in developing a new way to better fit our customers. We will be testing and using amazing new techniques and technology to help you find the absolute best fitting footwear. I will be in North Carolina at the Fleet Feet Headquarters this week to help work on this project; it's really exciting to see what is coming, and to be part of the development process. I've been fitting footwear for a long time, and the only significant update to the process was in 2004 when Fleet Feet Sports introduced a standardized FIT Process that most in the industry have since adopted. What is coming next takes it to a whole new level; it's really cool and we are excited to be one of a handful of stores selected nationally to be on the beta test team.

Exclusive product just for us

In 2017, we will become the exclusive retail partner in the US for Karhu Running footwear. What makes this exciting is that we have a say in the development of the product, which is unheard of in our industry. Recently a team of us from Fleet Feet Sports spent a few days in Asolo, Italy working at Design & Development, Inc. alongside the owners of Karhu. They examined where the product currently is, what the next versions are like, and most importantly the versions after that. There were many discussions around fit, feel, comfort, mesh, overlays - everything that makes a shoe. The goal is to help build a truly outstanding running shoe using the feedback that we hear every day from the fit stool.

New events

Look for fun runs, exciting and new store events, and something totally unexpected in June.  We always want to provide opportunities for the community to come together and have some fun while being healthy, so we are busy planning several new and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.  Be sure to stay tuned for details!

Enhanced Training Programs

We have been offering training programs since we opened our doors in 2001. We are lucky in that we now have some of the largest and most well respected programs in our city. In 2017 we will work hard to make each and every training program we offer even better. It's exciting to help hundreds of runners every year achieve their goals. Some we have taken from the couch to the finish line of a Marathon (No Boundaries) in just a few short years. Programs are always evolving and 2017 will see more amenities and support for all of our participants. Our coaches and pace leaders are the best around. We were the first to offer such services and we are always working to improve them, so be ready for some great training in 2017.

Ongoing Education

We believe that our employees are our best asset, and have worked to create a culture of continuous learning.  In January of 2017, we are making a significant investment by bringing in one of the industry leaders to spend an entire day with all 24 members of our team to bring our knowledge and service to a level that will allow us to provide you with an unparalleled experience, and provide the best possible solutions for YOU.

New products

 We are always researching and looking for new products for runners/walkers to enjoy. In the last quarter of 2016 we brought in 4 new vendors that had not been available in our market - ON running shoes, Rabbit Running Apparel (all made in the USA), Handful sports bras, and WearSafe. We have always been innovators in our market, and we aim to bring new and exciting products to you. We will continue to search for new products and brands that can make running more fun and enjoyable. 

New special pricing on select product categories.

We know running can get kind of expensive with all the cool new things that come out and race entry fee's getting higher.  While our business is built around high service and knowledge, we try to be aware of how pricing can affect people. When a new model of shoe comes out, we will instantly drop the price of the previous model by 20%, both in our stores and on our website.  This will continue in 2017 and beyond. Watch for other special deals coming this year.

New Fleet Feet Flyers Run Club

 The Flyers Run Club is a fun, inviting Pittsburgh-area club open to runners and walkers of all abilities.  It's a great way to achieve your running and fitness goals in a supportive and social environment. Why log all of those miles on your own, when you can do it with a great group of people  working towards the same goals?!

All New Fleet Feet Ambassador Racing Team. 

We are in the process of rolling out our first ever Fleet Feet Ambassador Racing Team! The Fleet Feet Sports Ambassador Racing Team is being created to support and enhance what we do at Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh and our activity in our community.  Our Ambassadors will be extremely active outside of the store to promote many Fleet Feet Sports community initiatives such as training programs, race sponsorships and store events.  Above all, these Ambassadors are great people with big hearts, a true appreciation for how Fleet Feet Sports supports the community, and a deep passion for the sport of running.  We will be opening the application process in the coming weeks, and runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to apply. 

Workplace Fit

This is our corporate outreach program which we have been testing in 2016 and will make more available in 2017. We know people are busy. We also know businesses want their employees to be healthy, which is why we take "the show on the road."  Businesses of all sizes can work with us where we bring the product, knowledge and experts of Fleet Feet Sports right to where you work. How fortunate it is to be able to get fit right at work and head home with new shoes, yup we do that.

So looking ahead, you can see we are going to be busy; exactly what we like. Busy means we are doing more to build our communities. We are getting more people outside working out, getting healthy and trying new things. We love seeing more people pushing themselves, setting goals, and working hard to achieve them. For 2017, we will do everything we can to assist as many people as we can in reaching those goals, whether it's finishing a 5k, completing a Marathon, or hitting those 10,000 steps a day.
Best of luck with your 2017! We hope to see you in the store, out for a walk, at the races, on the trails, training with us, having fun, getting fit, making friends...


Bob, Deb and the entire team at Fleet Feet Sports 

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