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Charles River Running is a locally owned and operated specialty run store. Our mission is to make your running and walking experience the best that it can be. Our team offers years of running experience and shoe knowledge to help you make the best choices.


2013 Winner
Neponset Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year

Charles River Running Store

Charles River Running Charlotte Walsh

Charlotte Walsh - Owner

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    I started running in my teens and was fitted for my first pair of running shoes at a store called Ragged Mountain Running Shop in Charlottesville when I was fourteen. The experience of sitting down in a running store, having my foot measured, being asked questions about my goals, really made an impression on me. I ran for 4 years in high school and completed my first marathon while still in college. I have competed in international triathlons and several of the big five marathons. I run in my neighborhood and I run when I travel. Through my years as a United States Marine, a graduate student, and a PTA Mom I have run. From my love of running, I began to coach, organized a local chapter of "Girls on the Run," and took a position at a specialty running store in my former hometown. It is there that the owner, a sports medicine physical therapist, trained me in proper fitting and gait analysis. Now I want to share this love for running with others in the community through Charles River Running. With no plans of stopping anytime soon, you'll most likely see me out on the road or at a local road race.

Charles River Running Jim Henry

Jim Henry

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   You could say that I have a passion for running. I fell in love with it at an early age. Some of my earliest sports heroes were runners Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter and Steve Scott. I ran cross country and track & field in high school and college and have competed in hundreds of road races and triathlons. This past fall I ran a marathon (Marine Corps Marathon) for the first time. I am race director for a number of local road races including the Norwood Turkey Trot, The Napper Tandy Flyer, Back on My Feet 5K and the Norwood Firecracker 5K. Running is many things to me. It is freedom, an escape, a therapist, a way to challenge myself like nothing else and it provides focus. Being a part of Charles River Running has not only provided me with a livelihood but it's a great opportunity to share my experience with the local running community. As the saying goes "find a job that you love and you'll never work a day in your life".

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Charles River Running Shoe Fitting

Charles River Running Inside Store

At Charles River Running our goal is to help you find your perfect fit by guiding you through the shoe fitting process one step at a time. We will begin by asking you lots of questions about yourself, your fitness goals, your overall running and walking health, and shoes that have worked for you in the past. Then we will examine your present running shoes (it's a great idea to bring them with you for your fitting), measure both feet and have you walk for us without your shoes on. With all of this information we will be able recommend a category shoes (neutral cushion or stability) for you to try on. We encourage you to take a spin on the store treadmill or a quick run up and down our sidewalk with your choices. Our goal is for you to leave the store with your perfect pair of shoes.


These are just a few of the top shoe, apparel and accessory companies that we offer at Charles River Running. We carry trusted and proven running brands but also take great pride offering products from smaller, more unique and independently owned companies that you can't find anywhere else! Check out our Pintrest site for all of our latest products in stock.

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Know exactly which pair of shoes you want?
As a locally owned business we love being able to allow our customers from far away to continue wearing well fitted, properly supportive shoes. If you have purchased shoes from us in the past, we have your size, brands and models on file. Just call us for your re-order and remember that all your purchases at Charles River Running go towards your rewards program.

Call or email us to order.

Charles River Running

To order:
Phone: 781.349.8341

Or email us




     There are lots of ways you can keep up with us at Charles River Running. We publish a monthly newsletter, maintain regularly updated Facebook and Twitter accounts, and also have monthly blog contributors. Our up to date product collection is posted our Pintrest site. Click on the icons below to link up with us! If sending an email or picking up the phone is easier--please don't hesitate to reach out.





679 Washington Street,
Norwood MA 02062
In the Heart of Norwood Center

Store Hours

Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 7pm

Friday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday    11am - 4pm
Closed Mondays

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