Upon walking into the store, you are often greeted by one or more friendly faces! Meet Brett Hornig, former member of the National Championship Southern Oregon University Cross Country team. Brett is gearing up for one of RVR's well known "group runs." Notice that Brett is equipped with a headlamp, because the call to run doesn't only sound during the day.
Here we have one of RVR's group runs about to commence. The harsh cold and wind wasn't going to stop these valiant men tonight! However, given a nicer day, you may see up to 30 people out running through the trails together. All brought to you in part by Rogue Valley Runners.
Hal Koerner, owner of Rogue Valley Runners, is an official "local celebrity" among these parts. Hal has completed well over 100 ultra marathons, and has finished first place in the Western States 100-miler twice, which is essentially the biggest and most prestigious ultra-race in America. Regardless of his prestige, you'll still find Hal running with the masses, among friends, co-workers, and even strangers who show up for the group run.
Found in the store is a marker of Hal's completion of the Western States Endurance Run. This amazing belt buckle marks Hal's finish of 100 miles traveled through rivers, over mountains, and down canyons, all under 100 hours. Ask to check it out next time you're in the store!
RVR is filled with memorabilia, and not just from those who have worked there. The store is even known by big names in professional running, such as Ryan Hall: America Record Holder in the marathon. You'll find much more than just this poster in the store. Names and photos of people like Prefontaine, Bekele, Galen Rupp, and David Laney are seen throughout the store.
While the good folks at RVR certainly get excited for fast runners, they find it equally, if not more important, to recognize that running is for EVERYONE, not just the pros. The store serves more "casual" or "everyday" runners more than anything else. You'll find this magazine (which RVR can provide) tells the story of a hilarious man who fell in love with running after reaching adulthood. RVR knows that everyone and anyone can run.
If you're looking for honest, friendly, humble, and expert opinions on how you should be running, what you should be running in, and where you should be doing your runs, I implore you to stop by Rogue Valley Runners. As long as they're open you'll be greeted with a smile. When you leave, you'll probably be smiling yourself.