Comparing Gainesville’s Running Stores – The Finale

(Check out Part 1 or Part 2 if you’ve missed them)

Fellow Gainesvillians, can you feel that?  Can you?  The anticipation.  The tension.  This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  It is time to decide the 2011 Gainesville Running Store Royal Rumble Champion!

Our final two competitors have taken different routes to the championship bout.

In one corner we have the undefeated Lloyd “Lightning Foot” Clarke Sports sitting at 3-0 in this competition.

In the other corner the newcomer, “The Fabulous One” Fit2Run, just squeaking by at 0-1.  One slip up for “The Fabulous One,” and it will be all over.

Let’s separate the man from the boy.

Round 6: Price

The trick here was finding shoes that both stores carried.  Let’s take a look at the prices of three shoes that both Lloyd Clarke Sports and Fit2Run carry.

Vibram FiveFingers Bakila LS:

Lloyde Clarke Sports: $99.99

Fit2Run: $100

Nike Zoom Streak 3:

Lloyd Clarke Sports: $69.88

Fit2Run: $70

Newton MV2:

Lloyd Clarke Sports: $124.99

Fit2Run: $126

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As you can see, the prices are very similar between the two stores, with Lloyd Clarke Sports narrowly edging out Fit2Run.  I call that a tie.  Of course, you know what must happen to settle a tie of this magnitude…

Lightning Round: Membership Discount

Lloyd Clarke Sports:  While it doesn’t have its own membership or club, “Lightning Foot” offers a 15 percent discount to all Florida Track Club members.  A FTC membership costs $20, but student memberships are $15.

Fit2Run: “The Fabulous One” offers a 10 percent discount on all in-store merchandise to its Club Fit2Run.  A Club Fit2Run membership costs $30 to student and non-student alike.  The Club Fit2Run member ship does allow its members to try shoes risk-free for 30 days.

Sorry, “Fabulous One,” but I’ll take 15 percent off for $15 over 10 percent off for $30.

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The standings after six* rounds:

Lloyd Clarke Sports (4-0)

Fit2Run (0-2)

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The winner and undefeated 2011 Gainesville Running Store Royal Rumble Champion:

***Lloyd Clarke Sports***

An additional aspect of Lloyd Clarke Sports, which I haven’t yet mentioned, is that, while they’ve got an incredible selection of running shoes and accessories, they also have a great selection of equipment for other sports – football, baseball, disc golf, you name it.  It’s an incredible one-of-a-kind store, and I highly recommend you get over there if you haven’t already.

Finally, I leave you with the image of a hilarious product that I found perusing Fit2Run.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Stick: “A Toothbrush for Muscles.”

The Stick: A Toothbrush for Muscles

Don't get muscle cavities! Use The Stick: A Toothbrush for Muscles

-Ben “Muscle Brusher” Markus

About Benjamin Markus

Media professional seeking employment opportunities.
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