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Bull City Running Co.


202 W North Carolina 54
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 265-3904
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Photo of RymanF350 RymanF350
Nov 14, 2021 5

Great experience. The nicest people in the world all work here, I think

Photo of Fred Heller Fred Heller
Dec 31, 2021 5

Very pleasant shopping experience. Natalia was super helpful. She was knowledgeable about shoes and running and gave very personalized recommendations without my ever feeling pressured.

Photo of Barb Haerbig Barb Haerbig
Oct 23, 2021 5

Chance listened to my daughter's needs and gave us multiple options that were exactly what she needed. Chance and the staff were extremely helpful and kind. Highly recommend this store for all your running needs. Thank you Chance!

Photo of Scott Haerbig Scott Haerbig
Nov 2, 2021 5

Excellent store with excellent service. We were told about this store and decided to check it out ourselves- and we're thankful that we did! Chance and the team listened to our needs and then brought out multiple options. Forget all of the big box stores- this is the best running store in NC!

Photo of Corinne Goudreault Corinne Goudreault
Oct 21, 2021 5

Everyone who works at this store is so kind and thoughtful. They are excellent at fitting shoes and finding something that works for your specific feet/body/running/needs. They are knowledgeable and can explain the differences between the shoes. All this without being salesy at all - they really don't try to convince you get anything specific, or at all, and really focus on you feeling good in the shoe more than anything. I've never seen them try to upsell anyone. My partner and I have both gone in, we have very different feet and leg structures and they were equally as knowledgeable about guiding us to shoes that would support that unique stature and gait. They even stayed a few minutes late so I could try a few more pairs to get the perfect ones. Will definitely be shopping here for all my running and walking needs from now on!

Photo of Dave Sroka Dave Sroka
Sep 27, 2021 5

I absolutely love Bull City Running Company. The people are incredible and you’ll always walk out happier than when you walked in. If you need some shoes or gear this is definitely the place to go.

Photo of Nelson Nelson
Jul 2, 2021 5

Excellent. Shoes, as you would expect, but also socks. Attentive and helpful staff.

Photo of Adam Evans Adam Evans
Jun 29, 2021 5

So, to preface, I’ve never been to any shoe store specifically designed to cater to your needs. This was an educational l, refreshing, new way to learn all about what shoes I need. Got to try on 3-4 pairs based on suggestions and took home a pair I love! Thanks Ellen for the knowledge and help!

Photo of Tom Eagen Tom Eagen
Jun 2, 2022 5

I've been a runner for well over sixty years but spent most of last year dealing with a hip replacement and infection. Just starting to walk trails again, seemed time for new shoes. Off I went to Bull City Running and was met by extremely knowledgeable folks who spent about an hour checking my gait, having me try many pairs as they then watched me walk and jog and made changes. They were very pleasant people to deal with and clearly runners with professional training and knowledge. Their prices were the same as on-line shopping. Of course I picked up some new Swiftwick Aspire socks. So today i took my new shoes for a four miler and was pleasantly surprised at how much more comfortable I was. Strongly recommend this shop for anyone who wants to ensure that they are properly equipped to enjoy themselves. UPDATE: Sept 23, '18: This was the store's birthday sales weekend. I'm into my third pair of shoes and that process has reinforced just how admirable the owners and staff of this store are. You will NOT get away with 'almost right', "maybe ok", "sorta like 'em". These folks want you to be entirely pleased with your purchases and will spend whatever time and effort needed to achieve that goal. They have a generous return/credit policy, and this is all on top of their pricing which is at least as low as the big national and on-line stores. In short, their skill and friendly service is "free" and a great pleasure.There is no sense going elsewhere. Each visit is a delightful experience. UPDATE: 6-5-21. Ten pair of shoes later, still running comfortably at 78, thanks to these great folks!

Photo of Tori Foster Tori Foster
Apr 25, 2021 5

I've had few shopping experiences as enjoyable as my visit to Bull City Running. The staff who helped me were kind-hearted, patient, and extremely knowledgable. I'm new to trail running, and they taught me two new tricks for tying my shoelaces. I thought I'd conquered that mountain in kindergarten--turns out I was wrong!

Photo of Stephen Wesner Stephen Wesner
Mar 15, 2021 5

Excellent customer service with knowledgeable staff. They take their time to get to know your needs and let you try on a multitude of shoes. They're dedicated to finding the perfect shoe for you. They have a great rewards program too! Cannot recommend enough.

Photo of G C G C
Dec 10, 2020 5

Knowledgeable staff, also very friendly and patient. They want you to get the shoe that suits you best. Would give them 6 stars if I could.

Photo of Christoph Guttentag Christoph Guttentag
Oct 31, 2020 5

Shout out to Chance, who spent a good long time helping me find shoes that fit my hard-to-fit feet. He even thought of ones they didn’t have in stock—and he picked the right ones. I like places that are for serious aficionados and still respect casual participants like me. Helpful positive staff. Nice selection of running accessories. They have a real presence in the Durham running community.

Photo of Kati Moore Kati Moore
Sep 5, 2020 5

Super helpful staff - thanks Anna!

Photo of Kim Donica Kim Donica
Aug 19, 2017 5

Excellent curated selection of running gear and shoes. Their races are the best organized I've been to

Photo of Charles Vinueza Charles Vinueza
Sep 20, 2020 5

They were very helpful in finding the right pair of running shoes for my girlfriend. Their return policy is also great. The shoes we bought also seemed to be fairly priced. I will come back to find a quality pair of running shoes for myself in the future.

Photo of Robbie Link Robbie Link
Sep 1, 2020 5

Best experience in shoe fitting. Super nice folks and helpful information. Good selection to choose from. Reasonable prices.

Photo of Rebecca Parks Rebecca Parks
Sep 4, 2020 5

I'm one of the large group of people who has taken up running during the pandemic to keep their sanity. Unfortunately my body has decided to fight me along the way and give me various aches and pains. After trying and failing solutions with Dr. Google, I finally decided to go in and have my gait checked to prevent further injury. The kind people at Bull City Running were absolutely wonderful. They listened to my issues, didn't judge or shame me for my self diagnosis and troubleshooted any possible issues. After several test, they put me in a pair of shoes that felt like I was walking on clouds. I would highly recommend this local business, they are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and have a remarkable selection.

Photo of Veronica Rutilant Veronica Rutilant
Aug 19, 2020 5

Yes, you can find cheaper shoes on Amazon, but I strongly recommend setting up a fitting appointment at this place. I had no idea what to expect when I made the appointment, and was very impressed with the customer service. Brett was very knowledgeable and communicated thoughtfully during the fitting. Buying shoes can be tricky, so they will help you make the best decision possible. Also, 10 day trial is very reasonable for a local business.

Photo of Jill K Jill K
Aug 24, 2020 5

Very kind, patient and thorough help in the shoe finding process. Brett was able to dial in the kind of shoe that felt right for me in a short time.

Photo of Tyler Hardy Tyler Hardy
Aug 23, 2020 5

Lindsay was a delight to work with. She was very knowledgeable and got me into the best-fitting running shoes that I’ve ever had after 29 years of being a runner. I highly recommend the staff and store overall. Thank you!

Photo of Calvin Lysell Calvin Lysell
Aug 12, 2020 5

Great experience with very knowledgeable and helpful employees! Even gave me a few new running trails to hit!

Photo of biotechofdurham biotechofdurham
Jul 26, 2020 5

Great selection. Amazing service. Thank you!

Photo of Letitia Lewis Letitia Lewis
Jun 14, 2020 5

Have foot pain from stressed tendon. Visited your store for the first time today. Immediately upon entering I was greeted and serviced. Jason listened and educated me on possible shoes. I chose the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20. Wore shoes out the store until retiring for the evening. Wearing the shoes for just 6 hours made a difference. I can stand and walk barefoot with little pain. Thank you Jason.

Photo of J B J B
May 25, 2020 5

Great Shoe Sale. Good job with social distancing

Photo of Christina Martinson Christina Martinson
May 2, 2020 5

The best people who support the running community in Durham in countless ways! Visit their store to find gear, but also route advice, training plans and fun tips like “toe yoga!”

Photo of Anne E Anne E
Apr 21, 2020 5

With the current stay at home orders, I have been walking and running like crazy lately! I started to develop pain in my arches. I called Bull City Running and they listened to my story. Then they recommended a couple options for me and had them set outside of the store when I arrived (social distancing). Overall it was a really individualized experience and I left feeling like I was understood and that I have the right shoes to help my feet! Even by the end of the day, having the correct shoes, I was in much less discomfort. Thank you so much!

Photo of Kim Donica Kim Donica
Aug 19, 2017 5

Excellent curated selection of running gear and shoes. Their races are the best organized I've been to

Photo of Scott Beaudry Scott Beaudry
Mar 4, 2020 5

Great customer service, patient and willing to work with me to find the right shoe.

Photo of Mark Mathieu Mark Mathieu
Feb 11, 2020 5

Bull City Running has a great selection of running shoes, including models for more competitive runners, along with a helpful, knowledgeable staff. They also co-sponsor Run Club in Durham during Daylight Savings with Fullsteam Brewery, which is the best group run experience in the area.

Photo of Ronald Bergquist Ronald Bergquist
Jan 27, 2020 5

Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Everything one needs for running or walking, with a wide selection. A place to hold on to.

Photo of Rob Reece Rob Reece
Jan 19, 2020 5

I was a first time visitor since I wasn't feeling the love from the place that I usually go to. I had great experience and left with a great pair of shoes. Will definitely be back!

Photo of Laverne Corbett Laverne Corbett
Jan 16, 2020 5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great prices

Photo of Ann Ann
Dec 10, 2019 5

Great little store with an eclectic offering of sports wear, equipment, and of course running shoes. Very helpful staff

Photo of Lucy Hayhurst Lucy Hayhurst
Dec 19, 2019 5

I have purchased my last 4 pairs of running shoes at Bull City Running because they always have the best customer service and selection. I recently tried a new shoe that I had never bought and after 2-weeks it just wasn’t working for my feet. No problem! The kind salesman did an even exchange and I’m back in my favorite Adidas shoes 😃. I highly recommend coming here for the excellent service, friendly community atmosphere, and quality products!

Photo of Skyler Peterkin Skyler Peterkin
Nov 20, 2019 5

They are Soo nice. My husband and Myself will definitely be back!!!

Photo of Justin Florian Justin Florian
Nov 10, 2019 5

Very well informed and friendly staff. They took the time to make sure I found the shoes that were right for me.

Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Oct 26, 2019 5

Employees are all friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. When I first came here I had been having trouble with shin splits. I got fit for shoes and found out I had been using the wrong kind for my running style. I was able to try several pairs and the new shoes made all the difference! I’ve been back several times either when I need a new pair of shoes or when I’m looking to try something new to help with longer runs (gels, hydration).

Photo of Alex Kresovich Alex Kresovich
Aug 31, 2019 5

Couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Went for the first time yesterday with my brother to get him shoes and my man Chance was incredibly helpful. Absolute expert, patient, super nice, and helped my brother find some shoes that he texted me today that he loves. Will recommend this store to every runner I know. A+ #GiveChanceARaise

Photo of Donald Barnes Donald Barnes
Oct 21, 2019 5

This place is amazing. Customer service is top notch, staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Cant recommend enough!

Photo of John Hampton John Hampton
Jun 19, 2019 5

Non-chain, brick-and-mortar, locally owned/operated by running enthusiasts who _support_ local races. Personal service by knowledgeable, friendly people. Fair pricing, and just found out I qualified for a $20 loyalty discount on my latest purchase. If you value working with real humans, benefiting from their knowledge, and being able to walk in, buy something, and walk out with it, then support businesses like Bull City Running Co. Top marks.

Photo of Nelson Disla Nelson Disla
Nov 18, 2018 5

This store is excellent. Great selection of shoes, as you would expect, but also anything else you might need: socks, nutrition/energy, sleeves, etc. But the best thing of all—and the reason I'll continue to choose Bull City Running Co. over any other running store in the area—is the service. The staff is very attentive and helpful in finding the right fit, making sure you give the shoes a short run around, and answering any additional questions. Well worth your time.

Photo of Krista Ung Krista Ung
Jun 12, 2019 5

Very friendly and helpful staff. I have purchased shoes and insoles here. I am happy with both of my purchases.

Photo of Jamie Stockman Jamie Stockman
Feb 12, 2019 5

A great place to purchase running shoes!  They take the time to ask you about your running, check out how your stride looks walking as well as running and then help you narrow down options in shoes that might work for you.  I love this because almost always, it's not the most expensive pair that I wind up liking.  It's refreshing to have people assist you based on comfort and support rather than just brand / cost. I also love that it's local.  You see and feel it in the staff... no big company coldness and people that genuinely care.  It makes a big difference.

Photo of Andrew C-K Andrew C-K
Apr 5, 2019 5

It's like visiting Marathon sports. I came in for compression socks. The friendly staff helped me find a pair and gave me some tips for getting them on / wearing them. They also gave some first hand personal experience with the product that led me to pick up a sale pair. Best of all they didn't try to upsell me on something else. This is a specialty store, so you are paying probably a little more for expertise and first hand knowledge. I recommend the store for anyone that runs.

Photo of Brian Graham Brian Graham
May 28, 2019 5

Felt Like Cinderella in Bull City Running Co. I came in looking for some new running shoes, since my wife had a very positive experience at BCRC. I decided to let the staff do their normal 'routine' I guess, and I would go along with it. Man, was I blown away. Max helped me a ton. Informed me about which type of shoe would work best for what I wanted, eliminated some options, and took me through an awesome fitting. He actually laced up each shoe put them on my feet, and tied them for a test. I literally felt like Cinderella. Love the shoes. Also picked up a jersey and socks and have been hitting it every day. Thanks!

Photo of Maddy S Maddy S
Apr 21, 2022 5

I haven’t bought new running shoes in years and had a very good experience buying from BCRC. Natalia brought out approximately a dozen different pairs and even helped me figure out a different color option once I found ones I liked. I’ll be back!

Photo of David Bernard David Bernard
May 14, 2022 5

When I buy shoes in person, this is where I go. Totally worth the 55-minute drive from Sanford. The staff here know their shoes, and they're super patient. Try on as many shoes as you want. Take as many trips up and down the sidewalk as you need. Today examplified why I love this store. I walked in and said "I'm looking for a road shoe, no more than 6 mm drop, light stability with a wide toe box. Whacha got?" The guy who helped me immediately identified four models that met my criteria. Bam! Doesn't get any better than that.

Photo of Stacey Sneider Stacey Sneider
Jun 12, 2022 5

Thank you to the knowledgeable, patient employee who helped me pick out the perfect trail shoe..def go in to figure out what shoe is going to work best for you!

Photo of sarah d sarah d
Aug 11, 2022 5

Awesome experience!! Just went in for the first time and the person who helped me was so friendly and helpful! She watched how I walked and recommended shoes from there, super knowledgeable. I didn’t catch her name, but she had an adorable service dog who was very sweetly sitting there the whole time. Would highly recommend. They are also LGBTQ+ friendly! 🌈 (side note: don’t pet service dogs without asking if it’s okay. they are working 🐶)

Photo of Alex Staponkus Alex Staponkus
Aug 28, 2022 5

Great staff, always great service and fittings. Never been disappointed. Always hooking me and other high school runners up.