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Win a City to the Sea Half Marathon Race Entry!

September 5th, 2013

Now in its 18th year, the City to the Sea half marathon is a hallmark race in the San Luis Obispo, California area. What’s better than running a nice, flat course from our beautiful small town to the Pacific Ocean? Doing it for FREE!

This contest is now closed. Stay tuned as we announce the winners soon!

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New Balance 1400 Racing Flats

September 4th, 2013

The New Balance 1400 v2 launches next month with a complete redesign, but the original 1400 has served New Balance well and has been a top performance shoe for competitive runners over the past year.

Case in point: The women on Team NB (above) are big fans of the 1400 for base training and tempo runs on the road and track. OK, they may be just a little biased, considering they get a paycheck from New Balance. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the 1400 has been a very well liked shoe among our customers as well.

Praise for the 1400

Here are just a couple recent comments from customers who dig the 1400:

  • Wore them for a workout last night and they were awesome. Probably my new marathon shoe. Very responsive midsole, upper very flexible, zero hotspots, and lightweight. – Brad, Gurnee, IL
  • I find myself always going to this shoe, no matter the distance. They are the lightest shoe I’ve ever owned and they are amazing! – Britney, Carlsbad, CA
  • Wow! I have about 30 pair of shoes in my rotation and bought a pair of RC1400 and RC1600 couple of weeks ago. Tried the RC1400 today and was very very impressed. – Espen, Norway
  • God’s gift to runners. Seriously this shoe is like butter. This shoe can handle them all, save for long runs. It’s really well cushioned and the seamless upper is amazing. – Matt, St. Paul, MN

1400 v2: What to Expect

So what should we expect in the update to this popular shoe, launching in October? The design is all new but the intent remains the same: a lightweight racer with the responsiveness for speedwork and the cushioning for longer distances. Other notables:

  • Weight Reduction: New Balance lists weights of 6.3 oz for a Men’s 9 and 5.4 oz for a Women’s 7. That’s almost an ounce lighter on the guy’s side and a few tenths of an ounce less on the women’s side.
  • Same Offset: By our measurements, the 1400 v2 continues on with the 9mm offset of the original.
  • Open Mesh: The new design sports a breathable air mesh for increased ventilation.
  • RevLite Midsole: The 1400 continues to use New Balance’s lightweight cushioning compound with the same responsiveness and durability of foams that are 30% heavier.

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Meet and Run with Anton Krupicka!

September 3rd, 2013

On October 5, Running Warehouse will host an evening with ultrarunner Anton Krupicka. We’re showing In the High Country, a new movie starring Anton, followed by a Q&A with him. The next morning, we’ll host a trail run with Anton in the hills near our headquarters in San Luis Obispo.

With the support of New Balance, we’ll fly one winner to San Luis Obispo to attend the events. The prize package includes a roundtrip ticket from any U.S. city to San Luis Obispo, one night’s lodging in an area hotel, and access to all events.

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Joel from Texas, our contest winner! And thanks to everyone who entered for a chance to win.

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Brooks PureFlow 3 Sneak Peek

August 30th, 2013

The PureFlow 3 is a fresh design for the softest shoe in the PureProject collection. Read more…

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Saucony Triumph 11 Sneak Peek

August 29th, 2013

The Saucony Triumph has been gaining momentum in recent years for its extremely well-balanced cushioning and responsiveness. The Triumph 9 achieved a big sales gain, the Triumph 10 is going strong, and Saucony doesn’t want to mess too much with a good thing in its upcoming update. Read more…

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Brooks PureConnect 3 Sneak Peek

August 28th, 2013

Of all the shoes in the PureProject line, the PureConnect has been a favorite among RW staffers. It offers a responsive ride but still gives you a good amount of protection thanks to full-length BioMoGo DNA midsole. We also like the close-to-foot, performance-oriented fit of the upper. The PureConnect 3 keeps the formula the same with just a few key updates.

What to Watch For

  • All-New Design: The PureConnect 3 is the first full update – upper and platform – since the launch of this shoe.
  • Increased Heel Bevel: The Ideal Heel is more rounded in an effort to provide a more fluid transition for forward foot strikes.
  • Repositioned Split Toe: Instead of allowing just the big to to move independently, the new split toe design treats the first two toes as a unit.
  • Updated Nav Band: The band extending across the midfoot is wider and changes from fabric to silicone, providing a more consistent and secure fit.
  • Slightly Modified Fit: The PureConnect 3 will have a slightly narrower last in the midfoot for a more streamlined fit, while the toe box is opened up just a bit with greater depth for a more generous fit up front.


Release Date
December 2013 Read more…

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Brooks Ravenna 5 Sneak Peek

August 27th, 2013

The Brooks Ravenna 4 is a Runner’s World Best Buy, and we think that the upcoming 5th version of the shoe will have a very good shot at a repeat title, given that the all-new design gets updated technology without any bump in MSRP.

What to Watch For

  • BioMoGo DNA: The midsole of the Ravenna 5 uses an integrated BioMoGo DNA foam/cushioning blend, compared to previous models with separate DNA inserts in the BioMoGo foam. The difference? More consistent cushioning throughout the platform.
  • Revised Support: Though the Ravenna 5 falls in the same support category as its predecessors, the medial post and thermoplastic shank have been updated to integrate better with the rest of the midsole for an even smoother run experience.
  • On a Diet: Brooks lists weights for the Ravenna 5 as 10.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 8.5 oz for a Women’s size 7.
  • Adjustable Saddle: The V-shaped strap spanning from the midsole to the laces provides a secure wrap for the midfoot and heel.


Release Date
January 2014 Read more…

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Asics Cancer Awareness Collection

August 27th, 2013

We think it’s awesome when our brands support worthy charitable causes. This Fall, Asics will introduce not one but three limited edition models to support cancer awareness efforts.

Pediatric Cancer – Gold Ribbon

For every Gel Noosa Tri 8 GR (Gold Ribbon) made available nationwide from September 1 to September 30, 2013, Asics America will donate $2.00 to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, a leading national non-profit organization raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. The company guarantees at least $25,000 to support the foundation. We brought in the Noosa Tri 8 GR in Men’s and Women’s sizes.

Breast Cancer – Pink Ribbon

From October 1 to October 31, 2013, Asics America will donate $2.00 per pair of GT-1000 2 PR (Pink Ribbon) shoes sold, with a guaranteed donation of $100,000, up to $125,000, for Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women charity. This foundation provides assistance to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer. We’ll carry the GT-1000 2 PR in Women’s and Men’s sizes.

Prostate Cancer – Blue Ribbon

From November 1 to November 30, 2013, Asics America will donate $2.00 per pair of GT-2000 2 BR (Blue Ribbon) shoes sold to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $25,000, up to $50,000. We’ll carry the Men’s version (complete with faux mustache on the tongue, this is for Mo-vember after all) and the Women’s version.

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Running Warehouse Event: Meet Anton Krupicka

August 26th, 2013

On Saturday, October 5, Running Warehouse will host an evening with ultrarunner Anton Krupicka. We’re showing In the High Country, a new movie starring Anton, followed by a Q&A with him. The next morning, we’ll host a trail run with Anton in the hills surrounding Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 7:00 pm, doors will open at 6:00 pm
Where: Cal Poly SLO Business Building (3-213)

If you’d like to attend the movie screening, you can purchase tickets at the door (cash only).


From 101 Northbound

Exit onto CA-1 N/Toro Street toward Morro Bay/Hearst Castle
Turn right onto Walnut Street
Take the 1st right onto CA-1 N/Santa Rosa Street
Turn right onto Highland Drive
Turn right onto California Blvd
Follow signs and parking will be on the left hand side

From 101 Southbound

Take the exit toward Santa Rosa Street
Merge onto Olive Street
Turn left onto CA-1 N/Santa Rosa Street
Turn right onto Highland Drive
Turn right onto California Blvd
Follow the signs and parking will be on the left hand side

Sunday Morning Run with Anton

When: Sunday, October 6
Time: 8:00 am
Where: Meet at Cal Poly Track, heading to Poly Canyon trail


From Northbound 101

Take the Grand Avenue Cal Poly exit
Turn left onto Grand Avenue
Turn left into Performing Arts Center; parking structure will be straight ahead

From Southbound 101

Take the exit toward Monterey Street
Take an immediate right onto Buena Vista Avenue
Turn left onto Loomis Street
Turn right onto Grand Avenue
Turn left into Performing Arts Center; parking structure will be straight ahead

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Saucony Peregrine 4 Sneak Peek

August 26th, 2013

The trail runners here at the ‘House have found a lot to like about the Peregrine: it’s light, protective, flexible and offers lots of grip. The upcoming Peregrine 4 is the first full redesign in 2 years, but the same basic formula remains.

What to Watch For

  • Reduced Weight: Expect the Peregrine 4 to be about a half ounce lighter than the current model in both Men’s and Women’s versions.
  • New Upper: A redesigned upper provides more support in the heel.
  • More Grip: Outsole lugs with added depth improve traction. In particular, the braking lugs in the heel are much more robust.
  • New Rock Plate: The nylon fiber mesh plate reduces weight and also adds flexibility while still providing protection from rocks and other debris.
  • Power Up: The ProGrid heel cushioning unit will be replaced with PowerGrid for more optimal shock absorption.

Release Date
January 2014

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