The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 22, 2014

New shop caters to runners

BECKLEY — Get ready to lace up your runners and pound some pavement because Beckley Running Supply is now open.

The owner of the specialty running shop says he has everything that a runner or walker could ever need.

“The main thing we carry is shoes. We sell running socks, hydration bottles, and nutrition products like energy gels and bars,” Terry Hoskins said. “We also sell GPS watches.

“I also sell Pro-Tech products that are more muscle-relaxing things like stress balls and things like that so that you can get stretched out before, or even during, a run.”

Hoskins said you can get shoes other places, but you won’t find his attention to detail in other stores.

 “I’m a runner myself so I have more ability to tell what I’m looking at when I look at a runner. I can suit their needs more.

“I know how to size someone up for a running shoe.  I know what works and I can watch people’s feet and know whether they need more stability or a more neutral shoe.”

Hoskins said he really just wants to help people stay healthier.

“People like to run and be out,” he said. “I want to be someone who can help that happen, even with races like the hospice race and things like that. I want to be someone who can help support those races.

“Beckley has really blown up the last couple of years with runners. We’re really just hoping to market and capitalize on that side of the city. Just try to take care of the runners through this area so they won’t have to go to places like Charleston to get their running shoes and things.”

Beckley Running Supply is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the store, call Hoskins at 681-238-5885.

Beckley Running Supply is at 118 Main St. in Beckley.

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com

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