Home to an abundance of trails and parks, not to mention world-class views, the nation’s capital is a prime location for outdoor activity. A quality workout requires superior athletic wear. Uncomfortable shoes or running shorts hinder movement and may cause irritation. If you’re working on getting back into a fitness regimen before springtime, gear up at one of DC’s best athletic wear stores.
Hours: Mon to Fri—9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat—9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun—12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Shoppers can find Casual Adventure just off the Virginia Square Station on the orange line. The family owned and operated store carries a variety of camping, hiking and outdoor equipment, including apparel. At Casual Adventure, exercise in style with your favorite name brands: The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, Columbia, Blackhawk and many more. Clarendon has been home to Casual Adventure for over 50 years and the store has established a loyal fan base that only grows with time.
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
Hours: Mon to Fri—10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat—10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun—12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The “fitlosophy” at Fleet Feet Sports is to provide the complete fitness experience. An Adams Morgan staple, the store specializes in running, walking and triathlons. Whether you’re playing tennis or running a marathon, Fleet Feet has the shoes for you – not the mention the clothing. The staff works closely with customers to guarantee comfort and satisfaction. Runners who are gearing for marathons can also find training programs in which participants can BYOB (bring your own buddy). The most popular program is the No Boundaries 5K program, which prepares runners to complete Race For Hope DC, a campaign to raise funds for brain tumor research every May.
Hours: Mon to Sat — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hudson Trail is a destination retailer that has served Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC for over 40 years. The active outdoorsmen can find gear for canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking and rock climbing – just to name a few. Not only does Hudson Trail carry the gear, but it also houses the necessary supplies essential to complete any trip: lanterns, first-aid kits, sleeping bags, tents and other accessories. The clothing and footwear selections here are also exceptional, as Hudson Trail offers one of the largest in the area.
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Neighborhood: Logan Circle
Hours: Mon to Fri — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The team at Pacers is skilled in the field of running. They test all running shoes to familiarize themselves with each product and to ensure that each shoe is exemplary. Pacers’ goal is to enrich the lives of its customers by assisting them in reaching their fitness goals. The story also sponsors “fun runs” around the D.C. area on most days of the week. The weekday runs range anywhere from three to seven miles while Saturday runs can go longer. Just visit the website, pick out the day and time you’re ready to run and find instant running buddies to help you reach your goals.
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
Hours: Mon. to Fri. – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Potomac River Running has served the DC Metropolitan area for almost a decade. Its mission is to aid and encourage the community to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Not only does Potomac River Running have an extensive selection of athletic apparel, it also has the latest technology for custom shoe fitting. During the procedure to find the perfect fit, PRR uses an iStep scanner to scan your foot, and performs a series of analyses, both physical and mental, to find the idea running shoe for your needs.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.