A Look Back at the Past Two Years of Run Away Shoes
As many of you know, Run Away Shoes celebrated a great milestone at the end of July; its ten year anniversary! Many of our customers, close friends, representatives and family are well educated when it comes to the history of Run Away Shoes, primarily the first few years. With Run Away Shoes reaching the ten year anniversary mark we thought it would be interesting to show just how much Run Away Shoes has changed and grown just in the past two years alone!
A large number of the employees that many of you, our customers, have worked with and come to know over the past two years were not around if you visited in 2012. Each of the three stores has added employees, Green Bay and Appleton showing the most change in staff. Some of our friends have moved on to other opportunities, such as Benn Zubke, who managed the Appleton store and now works for Saucony. Although Benn now works for Saucony, he is still highly involved with Run Away Shoes and its events. With Benn’s departure, enter Ryan Hop, your current manager in Appleton! Ryan has been with Run Away Shoes for just shy of a year and a half.
The famous and anticipated Pub Run each month existed in 2012, but has recently taken off and continues to grow. Not only do customers look forward to a good time and a casual workout with friends, but they now have the option to meet shoe reps and run in shoes they may not normally consider. This not only allows customers to interact with Run Away Shoes, but also allows for a more personal interaction with the reps of some of their favorite brands. Building off the tradition of the Green Bay and Appleton stores, Oshkosh has also started monthly Pub Runs due to popular demand.
Steven Gromatka, assistant manager at the Green Bay store and avid trail runner, also took the Pub Run format to another level. This past July, Steven worked alongside Saucony to highlight the growing interest of trail running by establishing the Trail Run Series. The Trail Run Series offers runs during the months of July, August, and September to the Green Bay and Appleton area, with over seventy people attending the first trail run in July of 2014!
Run Away Shoes has also continued to add race events in 2013 and 2014. To go along with the Hot Mess Mud Run (established in 2012), the Schneider Community Credit Union Nitelite Run was founded in 2013, making its 2nd annual appearance on August 15, 2014. This race features glow sticks, music stations, concerts on the City Deck, and the scenic nightlife view of downtown Green Bay, providing for a fun-filled evening!
Run Away Shoes has also added many new brands and products within the past two years. Hoka One One and Adidas are some of the most notable new products to enter (or in the case of Adidas re-enter) the Run Away Shoes fold. Additionally, Smartwool and new sock selections including Feetures and Swiftwick have become strong favorites to Run Away customers in recent years. Looking for something less expensive, or last year’s shoe model?! Run Away Shoes got this memo and opened the Oshkosh Running Outlet division within the Oshkosh store in 2013. Many Great deals can be found in the Outlet so be sure to check in frequently!
Look out in the near future for new Run Away Shoes developments, such as State Champion walls at each location, and a move next door to a much bigger location for the Green Bay store!
With the tremendous growth of Run Away Shoes throughout the past two years, more help was needed to make Run Away Shoes to continue operating smoothly and efficiently. Claire Koepp who had previously managed the Oshkosh store, moved into a new internal roll in June 2014 to assist in handling the aforementioned growth. As a result of this shift in Oshkosh management, Nate Christensen who worked at the Green Bay location, was handed the baton in filling the Oshkosh manager’s position.
Although just a few examples, you can see the big changes that have taken place just within the past two years! Run Away Shoes continues to both grow and strive, in order to exceed the precedent that both the running community and the stores themselves have come to expect. The last ten years have been unforgettable for us. Run Away Shoes has been lucky enough to have amazing friends, family, and most importantly, amazing customers whom we would like to thank for our success. From everyone at Run Away Shoes, we cannot thank you enough and cannot wait for what the future holds!
Oshkosh Store Manager