Prestonsburg Running Company-NEW Store Opening

By: Kayla Dodd

New independent shoe store opening Friday, June 8th in downtown Prestonsburg, Kentucky - Prestonsburg Running Company.


There is a new local business opening Friday, June 8th in downtown Prestonsburg.  Local runner and business owner, Brent Graden, has decided to combine his passions into one place ..... Prestonsburg Running Company.


"There is a change afoot in Eastern Kentucky" states Brent Graden "People are doing their part .... they are taking better care of themselves, they are enjoying themselves with other like-minded people at sporting events and other outdoor adventures.   A huge one in the area is running.  Almost every weekend there is a 5k in your area .... and people are showing up.  Boot camps, zumba, HIIT and other classes are showing up at new places all the time." says Graden.  "So naturally we will need a central place to offer all the name brands, apparel, gear, and advice.  This is where i come in and this is what i want to do until I retire ..... I want to help people take that next step.  I believe in people.  I believe in their ability to do the right thing.  I believe that people will find that inner strength.  People need to remember that they are not only taking care or themselves .... they are taking care of others by taking care of themselves  .... they are taking that next step.  Life is calling and they are listening."


Besides helping the local runner, Brent mentions that he will also service people who are looking for comfort footwear or corrective footwear.  "I have selected brands such as Asics, Saucony, Altra (and later Brooks, New Balance and Hoka One One) that will not only help them to achieve their walking and running goals but also to help with issues related to cushioning or structure. I help with agenda items such as pronation, supination, flat arches, shin splints, hammer toes, peripheral neuropathy, corns, high arches, narrow heels, and so on ...  I also carry free shoe cobbler items such as foam taps, heel grips, tongue pads, etc that can help make for a more customized fit than the normal shoe store.  Besides footwear, we carry many apparel, hosiery, and gear items such as Life is Good, Nathan hydration, GU energy, Spenco insoles, Pro-Tec braces, Body Glide, Sof Sole shoe care, Balega socks and MANY sock brands, plus many other brands.  And besides running shoes we carry a LARGE selection of flip-flops, sandals, hiking and light hiking shoes.  Further, since i am the sole footwear buyer, I look very closely at what the immediate area needs and purchase items that fit the neighborhood.  I buy quality items at the best possible price.  I have worked with many, many clients in the area before who know that i will give 150% to the job at hand.  Our goal is to exceed your expectations.  You will get that and more at Prestonsburg Running Company."


Excellent customer service will be a trademark at the new store.  Says Graden, "When you walk in the door, I will greet you but I will never ask 'Can i help you?'.  I want you to feel at home and have the opportunity to look around first.  We will carry as many shoes as any local shoe store.  Our variety and depth of knowledge will be useful.  We want you to have a GREAT EXPERIENCE when you visit.  We will listen effectively and listen to all your questions and concerns.  We will also act QUICKLY to meet your needs.  Our selection will be vastly different that any other shoe store in over five counties.  At Prestonsburg Running Company, our store is YOUR store.  We will post great hours so you can work a full day and still have time to come and shop.  But if you would like to come in late .... just text us and we will meet you at the store even after-hours.  We are here for you."


There will also be a few surprises coming to the store and the area in the next few weeks too.  "We will be introducing a new running series or races" says Brent.  "For 2018, we will introduce the Sugarcamp 100 Ultra race (100 mile race = solo/duo/team) in September and the Eastern Kentucky Marathon Weekend (full/half/10k) in October.  After the opening of the store, we will introduce these races to the general public.  Further, we will also be introducing the Eastern Kentucky Running Hall of Fame right here in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.  We will introduce the outdoor Hall of Fame on the day of the marathon.  Stay tuned for future details ...".  The store will also be a clearinghouse for information related to local and national and international races too.  Please stop by the store to find handouts on all local races.  Brent also mentions that all potential race directors can come by the store and pick up race packets to start their own race.  "As we said ... our store is a one-stop shop".  says Brent.  The store will also offer a standing discount to Military members, Seniors (age 65+), and Team purchases.


The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the store will be Friday, June 8th at 5:30pm.  Grand Opening events are as follows :


Friday, June 8th 


  • Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm.  Food and drink served
  • Free Outdoor Concert at 7:30 pm by Clay Jamerson
  • 10% off regular price entire store

Saturday, June 9th



  • Free 5k race starting at 8:00am.  Free bling medal!
  • 10% off regular price entire store (but receive 20% off regular price if you bring in a used race bib!)

Sunday, June 10th



  • Military and Church Appreciation Day!  20% off regular price entire store
  • Free Cook-out from 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Monday, June 11th



  • Student appreciation day!  10% off regular price entire store
  • Free pizza from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Free outdoor movie and popcorn in adjacent lot starting at dusk.  Big speakers = loud!



Prestonsburg Running Company will be located at 131 North Arnold Avenue in downtown Prestonsburg near Ladd and Lassie and Billy Rays Restaurant.  Their phone is 606-506-5027.  Please like them on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM for future deals.  Their hours of operation are MON (9am-6pm) TUE (9am-6pm) WED (9am-6pm) THU (9am-6pm) FRI (9am-7pm) and SAT (9am-4pm).  The store will be closed on Sundays and for all federal holidays.  You can contact them by email at

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