The seed was planted for The Running Depot when owner Pam Andrews read an article in Runner's World magazine about runners turning their passion for the sport they love into a business. After a few years of research, a business plan in place, and the help and support of her family, Pam opened The Running Depot on April 1, 2002. The name signifies it is a stop for all your running needs plus it is close to the train station in Downtown Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake was the ideal location as it had several running clubs and fitness centers in town and fit the overall needs and feel for a specialty running and walking store. It is a close nit community with a passion for fitness and promoting overall health. The Historic Downtown Crystal Lake is comprised of many family owned specialty shops and businesses. It is close to Prairie Path and Veteran's Acres Park. The perfect places to go for a run with Fun Run friends. With the help of dedicated family and staff, the store has evolved over the years. In addition to the latest running and walking gear, The Running Depot offers free informational clinics, group and individual running coaching. Pam and her staff believe it is important to support our home community of McHenry County. The Running Depot helps sponsor over 20 races a year that benefits local charitable organizations including events for individuals in need.
Running was a big part of Pam's childhood. She belonged to an AAU Track Club called the Prairie State Striders and traveled across the United States competing in state, regional and national meets. Pam's four sisters also ran it was a way of life for her family. As an adult Pam has competed in many races, anywhere from a 5K to a 50K. She enjoys trail running and traveling to the different events. She also is thankful for all the people she has met through running and the store. There is nothing like a long run with a group of your peers.
When Pam is not at work, she enjoys being with her family. They are an active family, always on the go to a game or event. Pam and her family have lived in McHenry County for over 17 years and plan to continue to make it their home for some time to come.