The #SaltyMadness17 Local Running Store Champion Is …

68 stores, 67 match-ups, seven rounds and two amazing stores remained: Rochester Running Company from Rochester, NY and 605 Running Company from Sioux Falls, SD. Both stores defied the odds, trouncing many higher seeded stores. Both stores pulled out all the stops. Both stores put their hearts and soles into this tournament, but there can be only one winner of the

✨GOLDEN SNAIL™!

Early on it looked like 605 had it in the bag, up 75% to Rochester’s 25% of the vote at half-time. But then Rochester began their assault, slowly chipping away until going into full-on rally mode. In the end, the difference was 53% to 47%! And the store that came out on top is … 
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?605 Running Company!?

You took out everyone in the Northwest, then the West and here you are! The 13th seeded little store on the prairie did it. 605, YOU ARE

Thank you to all the amazing 68 local running stores that competed this year, especially our runner-up Rochester Running Company! To not even be open for a year and be here is an amazing achievement. You’ll be one to watch next year!

And thank you to everyone who voted! Remember our local running stores are important hubs to our running community. Without them there would be many lonely runners, runners in ill-fitting shoes, and no videos like this:

See you next year for our 6th Annual March Madness Local Running Store Tournament: #SaltyMadness18! 

Sal is a 4 year old 77 hour trail marathoner looking to whittle a few minutes off next time. Being a gastropod, Sal is neither male nor female but will accept either set of pronouns. Sal's spirit animal is the cheetah and Sal's mantra is, "What's slow to some is fast for others." Sal writes about Salty Running news.

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