March Madness – The Championship Round!

605 vs Rochester!This is it, folks! In just a few moments you’ll be voting for YOUR store to win the Golden Snail™.

We know that the folks behind the counters at 605 Running Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Rochester Running Company in Upstate New York have fostered quite a community of rabidly loyal customers all pulling for their stores to win. Each has brought the pain against every competitor they’ve faced thus far. Rochester crushed Nashville in it’s semi-final match-up and 605 came from behind to mount a sizable victory against KC Running Company in the final hours too.

Both stores have taken out much bigger and seemingly stronger on-paper competition, but who are they? What makes them so awesome? We decided to give both of them a fair shake at convincing you why they deserve your vote. Read on to learn more about your championship contenders and to vote for your favorite!

Polls open for 24 hours; they’ll close at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday April 3! 

Rochester Running Company

Rochester Running Company is not only new to the Salty Madness tournament, it’s a new store. And by new we mean it opened less than a year ago! And with such a short history it’s all the more impressive that they’ve reached this level of the competition, but also that this is a small crowd for one of their store group runs! Truly a Cinderella story in the making, even the owner of Rochester Running Company is shocked at how they’ve routed the competition, not realizing how much his store has inspired the Rochester running community. Hopefully, he’ll be sobered and warmed-up to vote after his non-stop partying, trash talking, and ice bucket challenging after RRC’s Final Four route of Nashville!

605 Running Company

Any running store that people to put out videos like these is a tour de force in our book, and one we, of course, can’t help but love. But is the Sioux Falls running community pumped up enough to come out on top? Will 605 truly be the South Dakota Store that could? If they can handle a huge come from behind upset against the mighty KC Running Company and get South Dakotans out in the cold dark to run, you gotta think they can do anything.

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Happy voting! We’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Good luck and may the best local running store win!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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