THE RUNNING ROOM Hawaii was established in March 1976 at 819 Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii. Created as a place where runners could hang out and talk running while finding the right equipment. The speciality running shop was modelled after a popular local surf shop. Kapahulu Avenue was chosen for it's location and proximity to the University of Hawaii and to Kapiolani Park, the center of running in Honolulu, both then and now.
When the store first opened, it carried brands like Nike, Tiger, New Balance, and Adidas running shoes. At that time, the price of Nike's best shoe, the Waffle Trainer, was $29.95. The store also sold private label Running Room shorts and singlets. Very little running apparel was available at that time. During the running boom of the late 1970's and early 1980's the Running Room became the premier specialty running store in the Pacific. In 1978 the Running Room moved to 559 Kapahulu Avenue, where it operated until the end of 1991. The Running Room then moved to a bigger location, 768 Kapahulu Avenue. In November 1996, the Running Room moved to its current location at 819 Kapahulu Ave. The Running Room today is still the place for runners and operated by runners who love to talk about running. In March 2014 the Hawaii Running Room became part of the family of Running Room (U.S.A.),Inc , Running Room Canada Inc.
The Running Room is proudly a family-owned company. It originated out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. New to the sport of running, John Stanton had a thirst for knowledge as well as a desire to find the best product. This entrepreneurial retailer decided to fill a niche in the marketplace by opening a small one-room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room." The concept was highly successful, and the stores have since expanded to over 123 locations across Canada and the United States. John's sons John Jr and Jason were the catalysts who inspired John to run and open the Running Room. For the past 7 years John Jr and Jason have been partners with John in the family owned company. In 2014 the Running Room celebrates 30 years as a private family company.
Running Room's reputation has been built upon product innovation, quality, community engagement and knowledge of the sport of running. Running Room's unique private label Running Room assortment was developed to provide customers with the best in style, functionality and fabric innovations at a reasonable price.
The Hawaii Running Room is located at 819 Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu and is a long time favourite with both locals and visiting tourists alike to the Hawaiian State. Running Room Hawaii's team prides itself in providing the very best in service and advice to the local community. It is truly a meeting place for runners by runners who live and visit the Islands for holidays.