ABOUT FRONT RUNNER ATHLETICS
At Front Runner Athletics in Chattanooga, we treat every customer with the attention and the respect they deserve. Whether you are searching for a comfortable every day shoe or looking to break records, we look forward to finding an athletic shoe that fits your specific needs. We numerous styles/options from the following brands: Altra, Asics, Brooks, New Balance, Saucony, Nike, Adidas, Hoka, and Mizuno.
MEET THE TEAM
Chad Varga, Owner
Tough enough to fit shoes for the most unique foot, tender enough to kick around a soccer ball with the kids in the store. His schedule may be hectic, but he’s never too busy to spend extra time with customers.
Did you know? Chad buys lunch for the staff every Friday and Saturday, what a great boss!
Laryssa Martinovich, Marketing Manager
The luckiest of the staff, mostly due to the fact that she won a trip to Ireland to run a 200K relay race just from selling shoes! Read about her experience in her blog.
Did you know? Laryssa met Chad as a customer at Front Runner! Her second visit was for an interview.
Usually gets asked by customers if he’s studied sports medicine. Known for his ability to strike up a conversation about anything and take home the trivia trophy.
Did you know? Andrew ran the Chicago marathon in 2hrs and 42 minutes. That’s 6:10/mile pace for 26.2 miles!
You can catch her supporting her boys on the Stuart Heights swim team or training for her next Ironman. She is very involved in our community!
Did you know? Wendy is a co-founder of Emily’s Power for a Cure, an organization started in honor of her daughter Emily.
“It’s my first day” and “Buy the left shoe get the right shoe free” are the same jokes Dennis will use with customers over and over again during the course of the day. They never get old!
Did you know? Dennis volunteer teaches water aerobics at the Sportsbarn. He even broke the record for most participants!
Front Runner wouldn’t be a “family owned store” without family running it! Natalie is no stranger to the shoe fitting process, in fact her parents have owned the store almost her entire life!
Did you know? Natalie is a straight “A” student at Notre Dame High School. She also runs cross country and track!
RUNNING / WALKING
Kid’s & Adult Shoes
We provide product and expertise for all ages and fitness abilities. With 9 running and walking shoes brands, our staff is prepared to help fit your foot to the right athletic shoe.
Knowing what to wear for your workout can be confusing, let our staff help you choose the best clothing for your fitness activity.
Whether you are looking to survive the heat on your next long run or need extra visibilty on your morning walks, we have just the gear to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Kid’s & Adult Cleats
We carry Adidas and Xara outdoor and indoor cleats. Let us help fit your foot to the best cleat for you or your little one.
Known for our soccer balls hanging from the ceiling, we also carry your soccer essentials.
Home & away jerseys and casual apparel and accessories, we are your Chattanooga Football Club gear destination!
Kid’s & Adult Suits
We offer Speedo and Dolfin branded suits in a variety of styles. Whether you need a competitive racing suit or just something for the season, we have it.
Check out our variety of Speedo accessories! Let our staff help you decide which goggle is best fit.
Men’s and women’s lifeguarding suits are available at your connivence. We offer both one and two piece suits.
Kid’s & Adult Shoes
We carry Asics and Adidas wrestling cleats in a variety of styles and colors. We make picking the right one easy!
Our wrestling accessories are convenient. Swing in for the essentials such as headgear, singlets, and pads.
TRACK & FIELD / CROSS COUNTRY
Kid’s & Adult Spikes
Spikes can be confusing, let us help! With two brands to choose from, Nike and Saucony, we know you will find the right fit.
Check out our full line of adult running apparel during your fitting!
Kid’s & Adult Court Shoes
Check out our selection of New Balance, Asics, and Wilson court shoes. We are happy to help fit you!
We have you covered when it comes to custom and non custom team apparel. We will work one-on-one with you to make the whole team happy. Contact us to learn about our team discounts.
We understand busy schedules, so let us come to you! We offer private fittings for teams, Run for God programs, corporate events, race teams, and other groups. Contact us to learn more about this service!
We would love to meet you! Visit our store in Chattanooga located at 4251 Hixson Pike.
Look for us between Bruster’s Ice Cream and Sonic , also across from the North River YMCA field.