The Running Company – Geelong was opened by current owner, Scott Nicholas in September of 2010. Scott aimed to service the runners of Geelong by providing a “hub” for the running community to visit for group runs, footwear, training advice, nutrition and accessories. Basically, The Running Company Geelong would be a spot to talk running with runners! Over the years the store has employed over 20 local community members ranging from podiatrists, physiotherapists right through to elite athletes. The one thing in common with all staff is their passion for running and footwear. Three of these staff have even gone on to open their own store in other regions!
One of the staff members was Jacques Verstraten. Jacques loved the community which had been built so much that his family ended up buying business from Scott. Jacques has that same passion for footwear and running and it’s been ingrained in him by his family who live and breathe running! Both his Dad Jack, who was a very handy marathon runner in his day and his Mum being a coach for Athletics Victoria have running in their veins, as such, it’s a natural fit to have such a qualified and well informed family take over the reins and put their own spin on what has been built.
The shop is located in the central region of Pakington St, 1.2km from the waterfront and 2km from the Barwon River trails. Easily accessible from Geelong train station, many customers choose to pop in on their way to and from their cbd workplaces. If you’re keeping up with the booming Geelong café culture, you’ll be in luck – plenty of wonderful options all within a 5 minute walk!
Best customer service we've ever had. Experts in their field but down to earth and have the patience for customers of all running abilities. My shoes fitted like a glove from the first time I tried them on. I recommend GRC to everyone and will be back every time. 10/10.
Great customer service and all the staff are super friendly. Huge thank you to Blake who sorted me out with some new running shoes and socks. Tried them out at the River Run today and loved them. Will be back. Cheers
I've had aching knees for months, my sports doctor recommended I see the guys at The Running Company for a new pair of shoes to get me through my day. I wasn't just impressed by the amazing shoes, but also the high level of in-store customer service and the unique shoe fitting experience provided. They went above and beyond. A few weeks later I receive a personalized email asking how my shoes were going. They even remembered the specifics of my compartment syndrome, which is now almost fully recovered thanks to their help. 110% recommend these guys to anyone needing an awesome pair of shoes perfectly to suited to YOU!
The Running Company – Geelong Running Club is completely FREE. It’s also a great opportunity to keep fit, meet new people.
Every Wednesday night – 5:45pm start.
Shop 2/226 Parkington Street, Geelong West
We try to vary it every week but it’s usually around 8-10km at varying paces so it’s inclusive for people of all abilities as opposed to exclusive and only for faster runners.
Lisa is a Level 4 Senior IAAF Distance, Steeple and Walks Coach.
Running has been a part of Lisa’s life since the age of 7 where she competed at both Little Athletics and Senior Athletics. Her mother was a Club Coach and her father Competitions Manager at Landy Field in Geelong. Running has provided Lisa with a lifetime of family fun and memories.
She coaches at Fast Track Running, a squad of around 20 athletes varying from recreational runners up to International level. Lisa is the Middle Distance Coach for the Athletics Victoria Target Talent Development Squad, Team Manager/Coach for the annual Australian team of athletes to New Zealand and has been the Australian Distance Coach at World Cross Country in China, World Universiade Games in South Korea and Taipei and World Universiade Cross Country in Italy. Lisa also facilitates coaching education for Athletics Victoria and Athletics Australia.
1. Favourite run
Every fun run I ran with my husband and three children.
2. Best Running Moment
The buzz felt from running alongside my children and friends.
3. What do you love about running?
The social side. Coffees, dinners and travel with athletes and colleagues.