About Phidippides Atlanta

This is

Who We Are

The authentic specialty running store. Olympian Jeff Galloway founded Phidippides in 1975 with the goal of providing a home for the running community. Independent from day one, Phidippides maintains Jeff’s vision today by providing the community with the most knowledgeable staff, best service, and unique events throughout the year. Our shoe selection is curated by the staff – led by manager Sloan Ware and shoe expert Gregory Sheets. Gregory has spent his entire career analyzing, evaluating, and fitting running shoes and has served as a consultant to various shoe companies. As the world’s first specialty running store, we continue to refine the shoe fitting experience to ensure that each customer gets the absolute best feel, fit, and function from their running shoes.


Our Fit Process

Step One: Introduction to qualified sales associate.
Step Two: Assessment of your activity and needs.
Step Three: Natural Run/walk Analysis in diagnostic shoe.
Step Four: Fitting and various proper shoe recommendations.
Step Five: Decision based on function and personal comfort.

In-Store Events
From group runs to organized training programs to special speakers and experiences, throughout the year Phidippides hosts events that you won’t want to miss. Catch our women’s run on Tuesday nights at Ansley Mall, weekly run from Sandy Springs on Wednesdays, Thursday group runs from Ansley Mall, and more for a fun experience that will get you motivated to get active!
Easy Online Ordering
Know what you need and just want to get another pair? Order online at phidippides.fittedrunning.com! Check our in-store inventory, browse color options, and get free shipping for orders over $100!

Our History

The history of Phidippides Running Centers mimics the history of the running boom of the 1970’s. In 1972 Jeff Galloway realized his life’s dream of participating in the Munich Olympics and also held the American 10 mile record. He spent his summers traveling and competing on the racing circuit while completing college degrees in history and social studies. After a year of teaching he missed running and came up with a plan to open a running store stocked with the best gear, staffed by runners trained in the science of fitting shoes. The idea seemed timely. Jeff scraped together enough money to open a small store in Tallahassee calling it Phidippides after the Greek messenger that was credited with running the distance that is now known as the modern day marathon. One of the few running companies that would sell product to Jeff was a new unknown company called Nike. After a year and a half, Jeff moved the store back to his native Atlanta. By 1978 the running boom was in full stride and Jeff had established over 35 Phidippides franchise stores nationwide. After this great success he decided to focus on writing and teaching the benefits of running through his clinics, fitness vacations and his nationally recognized Galloway Training Programs. Jeff continues to oversee the two Atlanta stores and has several store employees with over 20 years of experience, boasting the most experienced running specialty store staff in the country.

Phidippides Now

Currently there are two Phidippides locations with some of the best staff in the industry. We select the products that we carry based on a very selective process that ensures our customers have a great selection of running gear that performs up to their highest expectations. As a running community, Phidippides hosts weekly group runs as well as special events at each store.

Phidippides hosts weekly group runs, and organizes and produces running and walking events and virtual running and walking events.


Phidippides Ansley Mall

Midtown Atlanta – Near Piedmont Park
1544 Piedmont Avenue Northeast #119
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-4268
On the second row of shops – just right of LA Fitness
UPDATED Hours due to COVID19:
Monday-Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: Closed

Sandy Springs

Phidippides Sandy Springs

6136 Roswell Rd
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 255-6149
Next to Domino’s Pizza
Updated Hours Due to COVID 19
Monday-Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: Closed

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