...by Don Zetnick, the - legendary running guru of North Texas - and his wife, Sally, The Runner has well served the needs of a wide variety of running and aerobic enthusiasts in Arlington and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Zetnick's story serves as a solid foundation not only as a solid foundation for the business, but also as an inspiration to the virtually every type of runner or aspiring athlete that comes through the doors.
Found himself in his mid-30s, out of shape, overweight and unable to walk his dog up a hill. He decided enough was enough and he made changes to improve his health, including one very important change: he began running. What began as a healthy pastime soon became a passion. After running (and winning) almost 1400 races, triathlons and marathons, Zetnick turned his hobby into a business and began catering to the unique needs of runners. The Runner was born.
Don and Sally's son Phil Zetnick, took over the day to day operations of The Runner Shop keeping the tradition of excellent footwear. Like Don, Phil was a long time running enthusiast and grew up learning the business from his Dad beginning in 1982*. Known for his amazing sense of humor and love of life he is greatly missed and will forever leave his mark on The Runner Shop.
Today The Runner Shop is run by Larissa, an avid shoe enthusiast carrying on the tradition of extraordinary customer service and extensive knowledge of shoe fitting.
Still offering the same amazing selection of footwear, workout apparel, accessories and more, The Runner offers personalized services that few stores offer these days. Based on customer needs, the well-trained staff can make recommendations based on each individual customers running or workout style and frequency; and take pride in exceptional personal service and winning the race for loyal customers business. Like Don always said, "it's funner at The Runner!"