Run With Us was opened on February 1st 2000 by owner Peter Van Gansen. Despite the incredibly active and health conscious community, as well as the presence of the beautiful Rose Bowl where thousands of runners and walkers can be found exercising daily, Pasadena did not have a store that specialized in running. Run With Us sought to fill that void, and from the start got involved with all the lo
cal organizations, high schools, doctors and running clubs, firmly rooting itself in the welcoming community. At first, the store was run solely by Peter and his wife Maria, who worked tirelessly to maintain their high standards in customer service as the store grew busier. Soon, though, Run With Us became so successful that more and more help was required; now it boasts one of the largest and most experienced staff in the industry, with over 110 years of combined experience, as well as the head Track and Field and Cross Country coach from Pasadena City College, the head Track and Field coach from South Pasadena High School and many other seasoned runners. Run With Us has always believed that it is essential to have runners helping runners—the staff has first hand experience with running injuries, training programs for everything from high school cross country to marathon racing, and most importantly, they know shoes! As you walk in the store you will be asked a few questions: What kind of injuries have you had? What kind of mileage are you doing? What are your goals? After that they will do a gait analysis and a balance test in order to help you find the perfect shoes for your foot type and for your particular activity, backing it all up with a 10 day guarantee. Run With Us has been named "best running store" in Southern California by "Los Angeles" magazine and "LA Sports & Fitness" magazine, and thanks to all its loyal customers and amazing community support, continues to be Pasadena’s premier running specialty store.