Welcome to RunHip
Welcome to Run Hip, a brand new run specialty and athletic apparel store on Lake Erie in Downtown Monroe, Michigan! Run Hip is founded by three long time friends Todd Bellino, Jim Peltier and Ralph Harrington along with much help and advice from two time Olympian Todd Williams. Run Hip will provide our community with cutting edge products, services and a forward thinking retail shopping experience.
With local developer and hotel owner Ken Wickenhiser and help from the City of Monroe, we are converting the first and second floor of the former United Furniture building into a unique running and active apparel store that combines our background in software and technology with experiential marketing and services.
While it might seems strange to combine software and footwear I think you’ll agree we’re on to something. There are very few industries more forward thinking than the sports. Competitors are always looking for an edge; lighter shoes, technical shirts, engineered nutrition. Sports and technology go hand-in-hand, so it just made sense to hire a small team of former Apple retail employees to reimagine running retail!
On the first floor we will carry and continuously update the best in fitness technology from traditional brands like 130 year old Japanese company Mizuno and nearly 140 year old Norwegian outdoor specialist Helly Hansen to new innovators like Inov-8, On and Hoka One One. We will carry modern “athleisure” apparel for women from Lole and Lucy and truly innovating technical gear like shirts made with Bamboo that never smell and shorts from Sugoi with a “junk drawer” yup that’s what they call it…) that cools the body 2 degrees.
On the second floor we’re building a small indoor track for human performance, training and to test shoes and equipment. The single most important factor by far to choosing a new pair of shoes is comfort. You need to try them on and take them for a spin. Shoes change, materials change your feet change! In addition to fit testing the second floor human performance lab will include video analysis, gait analysis, VO2Max testing and body composition. Run Hip will offer Learn to Run training by Pose Certified Running Coach Ralph Harrington along with clinics by two time Olympian Todd Williams.
Thanks for stopping by and checking in - we will update our website as the store construction accelerates in preparation for our Grand Opening early Spring 2016!