Winter is the time of the year when we tend to pack on the pounds. Cold weather, rain and snow makes exercising outdoors unappealing and binge watching under a blanket very tempting. You can buck the trend this winter by heading outside for a brisk winter walk or jog. All it takes is a little bravery, determination and a collection of insulated clothes, shoes and accessories. You can find winter gear that will keep you warm and ward off sweat in the winter air at these DC-area running and sporting goods stores.
Potomac River Running Store
919 F St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-8500

Potomac River Running opened in 2003 and has since grown to eight locations in DC and Northern Virginia. The family-owned business focuses on running shoes and apparel for every level of participation, from marathon runner to the casual walker. Potomac River Running carries shoes and clothing for men and women, including brands like Saucony, Brooks, UnderArmour and North Face. The running store chain also helps foster healthy lifestyles by offering training programs, classes and organized fun runs. Check the website for store locations.

3316 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20016 
(202) 244-1100

Core72 is an exclusive DC boutique that caters to the active woman. It was started by a local in her quest to share the remarkable lifestyle brands she encountered on her own fitness adventures. The boutique has two locations, one in Cathedra Commons and the other Chevy Chase. Core72 carries stylish and functional winter apparel from lines like Icebreaker Merino, Pearl Izumi, Sweet Turns and more. 

RnJ Sports
4945 Elm St.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-0558

Running takes top billing at RnJ Sports, no matter what mother nature brings. The locally-owned store has been in business for close to 40 years, helping runners of all ages find the right shoes, clothing and accessories to hit the path running. After you find the perfect pair of shoes, check out RnJ’s large selection of thermal shirts, jackets and pants for women and men. The store also has one of the best selections of tennis gear and offers racquet stringing services.

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Pacers Running
1821 14th St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-2029

Pacers Running is a DC-based company that is a one-stop shop for social running. In addition to selling a variety of running shoes and gear, Pacers also organizes training sessions and themed 5K races around the city. Come in for a specialized shoe fitting and browse winter running apparel including thermal half-zips, jackets and windproof headbands. Pacers has five locations around DC and Virginia.

Casual Adventure
3451 N. Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 527- 0600

If your winter plans include heading out into the wilderness, Casual Adventure is a store you need to visit. This family-owned Arlington store has been outfitting outdoor enthusiasts in the DC area since 1955. The staff at Casual Adventure also hikes, backpacks, runs and skis, so they’ll know what you need for your next outdoor escape. Casual Adventure carries thermal apparel, foot inserts, hats and other essential accessories to keep you warm in the frosty DC weather. 

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