103. Marketplace: 5 Ways to Get Up and Running with Barrington Running Co.

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Barrington Running Co. is well known for it’s high-end running, triathlon, yoga and fitness gear and apparel, but owners Mark and Leanne Konicek have created so much more than a retail space right in the heart of Barrington.  With a fitness area in the back of the store and years worth of experience in running, triathlon and personal training, they’re providing a meeting place for people who want to be healthy, get fit, stay motivated and join others from the community who share those goals.

The Koniceks Outside Barrington Running Co. - 133 Park Avenue - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
The Koniceks Outside Barrington Running Co. – 133 Park Avenue – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Both Mark and Leanne are long-time personal trainers and triathlon coaches with strong ties to Barrington.  Leanne, a lifelong swimmer, grew up in Tower Lakes and graduated from Barrington High School.  Mark, who loves running, grew up in Barrington Hills and his family has lived here for the past 45 years. “I love the community.  I love the downtown.  Our store is in the space where the old Ben Franklin used to be when I was a kid.”

Old Ben Franklin Store in Barrington - Courtesy of the Barrington Area Library Archives
Old Ben Franklin Store in Barrington – Courtesy of the Barrington Area Library Archives

And they’re getting ready so celebrate the store’s one year anniversary in Barrington this July.  “Everyone here knows each other and we have people who walk in the door just to say hello.  That’s what I love about this town.”

Leeann and Mark Konicek Inside Barrington Running Company - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Leanne and Mark Konicek Inside Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

The Koniceks say they built the business to be a local hub for running, exercise, training, nutrition advice and all the motivation and gear you’ll need to reach your health and fitness goals.  Whether you’re a runner, walker, endurance or recreational athlete, their goal at Barrinton Running Co. is to offer you just the right fit for your needs.  “We’re not just a running store, we’re a destination place for the community.”

Running Shoes Available at Barrington Running Company - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Running Shoes Available at Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

“We want everyone to know that we’re here for them and we don’t just sell shoes.  We’re building a business based on trust and integrity and we won’t sell you anything if you don’t need it  ”

Inside Barrington Running Company - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Inside Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

“We believe in the wholeness of the body and we want to educate people that you need to take care of yourself, beyond the running, with strength training, stretching and nutrition.  It all goes hand in hand.”

Barrington Running Co. - 133 Park Avenue in Barrington
Barrington Running Co. – 133 Park Avenue in Barrington

For a taste of the range of services offered at Barrington Running Company, we broke it down to five great ways to get fit right there in their store:

1.  New Mom’s Group Nutrition & Training

Barrington Running Co. is introducing a new moms group to help moms with young kids handle the stress of managing children with a healthy diet and exercise.  They’re teaming up with Registered Dietitian, Christina Fitzgerald, to help new moms get their body back through a fun, results-based workout and nutrition program.  The group meets twice weekly for two 30 minute workouts plus one 30 minute session about diet & nutrition.

Registered Dietitian, Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN, who has three young boys of her own, says, “I think a lot of moms fall into the habit where you get so busy taking care of the kids, you forget to eat, you put the kids nutrition first and then your own needs are falling by the wayside.   We’ll talk about realistic ways you can eat more healthy foods throughout the day and cover basic nutrition that I think a lot of us forget, as moms, in the chaos of our normal day and in the frustration of trying to lose weight.”

Dietitian Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN at Barrington Running Co. - Photographed by Julie LInnekin
Dietitian Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN at Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

2.  Zumba Dance Fitness Classes

Starting THIS WEEK, Barrington Running Co. will be offering Zumba classes in their store led by Zumba fitness instructor, Nikki Faul.  Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats.  They says it’s a great way to “lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape with a workout that’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating!”

They’re offering FREE ZUMBA CLASSES AT 9:30 a.m. on May 30th and June 1st and at 6:45 p.m. on June 3rd & 5th. **please call to reserve**  The first 8-week session beginning the week of June 9th.

Zumba Classes Coming to Barrington Running Co. - Photo Provided
Zumba Classes – Photo Shared by Barrington Running Co.

3.  Triad Boot Camps

To help clients commit to getting fit, outside of store hours, Barrington Running Co. offers 60 minute Triad Boot Camp Classes at 5:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Leanne says, “You’re definitely going to get a good workout.  We have three rows of exercises and five exercises in each row and you go through each of them four times.  You’ll increase your physical, core, and cardiovascular strength along with balance and range of motion with this high intensity full body workout.  Your clothes will feel looser and you’ll have more energy.”

Personal Training at Barrington Running Co. - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Personal Training at Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

4.  Saturday Morning Group Fun Runs

Barrington Running Co. regularly hosts group “Fun Runs” on Saturday mornings.  They often start these runs at the store or meet at places like Barrington High School and offer these runs to bring people together to run as a group on routes they’ve mapped out in Barrington.  To follow their scheduled Fun Runs, check out their calendar of events at BarringtonRunCo.com/events.

Community Fun Runs with Barrington Running Co.
Community Fun Runs with Barrington Running Co.

5.  Shoes, Apparel and Gear

Barrington Running Co. offers shoes and gear for all areas of running, triathlon and walking, including lines like Craft, Karhu, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, Saucony, Inov8, 2XU, NorthFace, C-WX, K-Swiss and Newton.  

Finding the Right Fit at Barrington Running Co. - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Finding the Right Fit at Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Plus, you’ll find sports and fitness products such as GPS watches, nutritional products, socks … and much more! 

GPS Watches at Barrington Running Co. - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Running/Training Watches at Barrington Running Company – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

They also provide a FREE VIDEO GAIT ANALYSIS to help fit the athlete in the proper shoe based on the bio mechanics of their run form (neutral, stability or motion control shoe).   And Leann says they can speak, from experience, about the quality of their merchandise.  “We’ve worked and raced in the clothes and triathlon apparel so we know you’ll be pleased with what we offer.”

Running Shoes at Barrington Running Co. - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Running Shoes at Barrington Running Co. – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Mark and Leanne Konicek also offer private personal training sessions and can be reached by calling Barrington Running Co. at 847-702-7867 (RUNR).  They often post updates to their Facebook page, which you’ll find at Facebook.com/BarringtonRunCo and you’ll find the full list of their products and services, store hours and more on their website at BarringtonRunCo.com.  And you’ll find Barrington Running Co. at 133 Park Avenue in Barrington.


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