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A new place for runners

A running and walking specialty store has opened in one of the Capital Region's most enthusiastic running cities: Saratoga Springs.

iRun LOCAL will hold a grand opening at its new store, located at 18 Congress St., on Saturday at 10 a.m. The store offers high quality running and walking shoes, seasonal fitness clothing, and other running and walking accessories.

"Saratoga Springs boasts a rich running tradition with the state champion Blue Streaks, the Saratoga Stryders running club and weekly organized races," said owner and founder Jamie Mastroianni in a news release. "This city deserves a running specialty store. We believe that by providing gear that looks great, feels great, maximizes performance and helps prevent injuries, we’ll encourage runners and walkers to increase their activity, resulting in better health. Our mission is to introduce new runners to the sport and make experienced runners better.”

The store is more than just gear. It will provide technology like video analysis to help runners find ways to improve their running technique and form, as well as access to advice and training from high school and Division I coaches.

It will also include a "community wall" detailing outreach events and opportunities, and highlighting local organizations, like the Franklin Community Center and the Wilton Food Pantry.

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