Front Runner Athletics was founded in 1982 by Louis Priddy, an avid runner and committed community servant. The original name of the store was Running Factory II and it was located on Highway 153 in Chattanooga. At the time, the store focused primarily on running shoes and soccer supplies.

In time, as the business reputation began to grow in the Chattanooga area and the inventory began to expand. Mr. Priddy added additional sports, apparel, and accessories and changed the name of the store to Front Runner Athletics.

In 1997, he built a new 4,000 sq. ft. store on Hixson Pike. The building is still the home of Front Runner Athletics Today.

In 2001, Mr. Priddy sold the store to well known runner, Chad Varga. Chad and his wife Denise are still proud to serve as owners of Front Runner Athletics today.

The focus hasn’t changed either; product knowledge and service are paramount.