March Madness – Round I!

It’s time for the big show! Yesterday, eight teams went head-to-head to earn a coveted spot in Round I of the 2017 Salty Running March Madness Tournament. In the Northeast Division, we had a 50/50 tie and it all came down to a coin flip – heads, higher seed number, tails lower seed number. I launched my quarter into the air and when it landed… Rochester Running Company beat out Mojo. In the Southeast Division, Ken Combs tried hard and fought through much adversity, but tournament veteran Stinky Feet ascended to victory by a mere 3 votes. In the Northwest Division it was a landslide for last year’s Miss Congeniality, See Dick Run, which strode right on past the fierce Beyond Running And, while it was a horserace from beginning to end with the lead switching back and forth multiple times, tourney veteran Flatirons Running Company delivered a last minute heartbreak to newcomer iRun Phoenix in the final minutes of the game.

Wow! But now let’s get rolling with Round I!

Below are 32 match-ups of the 64 awesome local running stores all vying to advance to Round II. Voting will be open until 1:00 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, Friday March 18. Good luck and may the best 32 teams move on to Round II!

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Northeast Division

Rochester Running Company vs. Marathon Sports, MA
Charm City Run, MD  vs. Charles River Running Co, MA
Philadelphia Runner, PA vs. Fingerlakes Running Co, NY
Columbus Running Co, OH vs. Athletic Annex, IN
Haddonfield Running Co, NJ vs. Up and Running, OH
The Runners Forum, IN vs. Brooklyn Running Co, NY
Runner’s Alley, NH vs. Second Sole AkRun, OH
3 Rivers Running Co, IN vs. Medved Running Co, NY

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Southeast Division

Stinky Feet Athletics vs. Varsity Sports, LA
Pacers Running, D.C. vs Nashville Running Co, TN
Potomac River Running, VA vs. Running Etc., VA
Running Wild, FL vs. Phidippides, GA
Run for Your Life, NC vs. Ragged Mountain Running, VA
Charlotte Running Co, NC vs. Bull City Running, NC
Rush Running Co, AR vs. Big Dog Running Co, GA
John’s Run/Walk Shop, KY vs. Louisiana Running Co, LA

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Northwest DivisionSee Dick Run, ND vs. Skinny Raven Sports, AK
Big River Running Co, MO vs. Run Hub Northwest, OR
Gazelle Sports, MI vs. Movin’ Shoes, WI
Mill City Running, MN vs. 605 Running Co, SD
Gear Running Store, MN vs. Ann Arbor Running Co, MI
Foot Zone, OR, vs. Hanson’s Running Shop, MI
Shu’s Idaho Running Co, ID, vs. Twin Cities Running Co, MN
Universal Sole, IL vs. Foot Traffic, OR

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Southwest Division

Flatirons Running Co., CO vs. Red Coyote Running, OK
Rogue Running, TX vs. The Runner’s Flat, IA
Salt Lake Running Co, UT vs. Tortoise & Hare Sports, AZ
San Fransisco Running Co, CA vs. A Runner’s Mind, CA
Runner’s Roost, CO, vs. OK Runner, OK
KC Running Co, MO vs. Red Dirt Running Co, NE
A Snail’s Pace, CA vs. Go!Running, AR
Manhattan Running Co, KS vs. Shoes and Brews, CO

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Slam Dunk

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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