For more than three decades, Super Runners Shop has been outfitting New Yorkers with top of the line athletic wear and running shoes. All are welcome at any of their eight locations - weekend warriors and the fiercest competitors alike. Whether it’s the great sale on Amsterdam, the favorable exchange policy, or the warm smile at the register, owners Gary and Jane Muhrcke have prided themselves on their care for customer and passion for running. As the winner of the first New York City Marathon, Gary’s love for running and the city is clearly evident.
On Sept. 11, Gary and Jane lost one of their Super Runners Shop stores, located on the concourse level of the World Trade Center. Newly opened, it hoped to rouse the would-be runner in all the desk dwellers who populated the towers. Jane recalled pulling customers into the store by raffling off entries to a road race followed by a Willie Nelson Farm Aid concert.
The drawing was set for 9/11. Instead of cancelling the raffle, Jane and Gary continued with the drawing in October, ensuring that the winners still had a chance to run and enjoy the concert.
Gary’s famous phrase - “Never stop running!” - is simple and clear, but endures even more appropriately here. New Yorkers, no matter what, will never stop.
Like the other avid supporters of the local running race that honors 9/11 victims called “9/11 Run to Remember” and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Super Runners Shop continues its commitment to remembering and honoring those who were killed on Sept. 11. Please join the 9/11 Memorial in thanking Super Runners Shop for their support for our cause and the city. Also, learn more about Signs of Support.
By Norm Dannen, 9/11 Memorial Staff