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: AltraAsics, Brooks, New Balance, Saucony, Nike, Adidas, Hoka, and Mizuno.



Chad Varga Front Runner Athletics

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 consistently runs at least 30 miles a week and races too!

Andrew Dorn Front Runner Athletics

Andrew Dorn,
Store Manager

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!

Christian Singer Front Runner Athletics

Christian Singer,
Assistant Store Manager

Always first to greet customers and be the joke cracker in the morning. We can’t promise he won’t have coffee at his side while he does a fitting!
Did you know? Christian met his wife Paige at Front Runner. They now have two girls together!


Laryssa Martinovich Front Runner Athletics

Bill Higney,
Fitting Specialist

Considered the ‘camaraderie’ among the employees. Always happy to help and lend his expertise!
Did you know? Bill taught track and football for 41 years!

Wendy Ransom Front Runner Athletics

Wendy Ransom,
Fitting Specialist

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.

Dennis Call Front Runner Athletics

Dennis Call,
Fitting Specialist

“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!

Natalie Varga,
Fitting Specialist

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 earned straight “A’s” at Notre Dame High School and now attends the University of Tennessee!

Athletic Equipment


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.

Soccer Accessories

Known for our soccer balls hanging from the ceiling, we also carry your soccer essentials.

CFC Apparel

Home & away jerseys and casual apparel and accessories, we are your Chattanooga Football Club gear destination!


Kid’s & Adult Suits

We offer Speedo, Dolfin and TYR branded suits in a variety of styles. Whether you need a competitive racing suit or just something for the season, we have it.

Swim Accessories

Check out our variety of Speedo accessories! Let our staff help you decide which goggle is best fit.

Lifeguard Apparel

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 wrestling cleats in a variety of styles and colors. We make picking the right one easy!

Wrestling Accessories

Our wrestling accessories are convenient. Swing in for the essentials such as headgear, singlets, and pads.


Kid’s & Adult Spikes

Spikes can be confusing, let us help! Offering quality spikes from Nike and New Balance, we know you will find the right fit.

Track Apparel

Check out our full line of adult running apparel during your fitting!


Kid’s & Adult Court Shoes

Check out our selection of 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.

Private Fittings

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!

Visit Us!

We would love to meet you! Visit our store in Chattanooga located at 4251 Hixson Pike.

Look for us across from the North River YMCA field.

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