Kathy Gates, founder of The Running Well Store, opened her third location in the KC metro area — this time in downtown Mission.The latest addition to downtown Mission isn’t just a shop for runners.Kathy Gates, founder of the Running Well Store, says her new location on Johnson Drive is for anyone who wants to take good care of their feet, whether they’re running, walking, working or playing. In fact, by the end of a shopping experience, staff can fully understand their customers’ goals, aches and pains, and paces.The shop opened in the former Vintage Mission space last week.“We even see people from the Ford plant,” said Kathy Gates, founder of The Running Well Store.The store had a soft opening Friday, Aug. 3. The grand opening for the new shop is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6009 Johnson Drive. The third location brings her staff to about 35, including “quite a few” coaches and a physical therapist.“While, yes, we service runners, it (also) gives us a very in-depth knowledge of injuries and footwear that is applicable to walkers, nurses who are on their feet all day, guys at the Ford plant on concrete all day,” Gates said. “That’s why we came up with the tagline, ‘The place for every pace.’ It was actually from a runner who said he felt that way about our group runs.”“It’s about being on your feet, active and healthy,” she added.The store’s group runs are free to the public, as are the sample sips of Nuun (a less sugary version of Gatorade). The first group run for the Mission location begins at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.Among the athletic footwear for sale in store are workout clothes and gear, including Garmin devices that track fitness activity. Space at the back of the store features live model devices, a treadmill and a meeting space for group runners.Gates found the best spot for her third location in downtown Mission after shopping here a year ago at Flatlanders on Johnson Drive. She was looking for ski gear to wear during her trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.“When I went to Flatlanders, I just thought, ‘Wow, this is a really neat part of town,’” Gates said. “I went to the bar and I got a drink, and I went to Flatlanders and just really liked the area. It felt right.”As a runner herself, she had found a gap a few years ago in the health and fitness market for runners in the Kansas City metro area. Then she found Sports Medicine Metro Walk and Run, formerly owned by Bob Lafferty, who gave her some insight on starting out and eventually sold his store to her.The Running Well Store’s first location in the Northland, replacing Lafferty’s store, opened in 2013 at 6106 NW Barry Road in the Northland. Gates opened another location in 2015 at 418 SE Highway 291 in Lee’s Summit.Then she found a market gap for runners in Northeast Johnson County.“I didn’t want to build the business model stealing from other competitors,” Gates said. “I wanted to look at (a) market that hadn’t been served.”Gates comes from advertising, with experience in New York City and at VML in Kansas City. The work, while interesting, “didn’t feel right” to her, so she started her own venture of making products for runners.Unlike her past life in advertising, a running-based career truly fulfills her dream as an entrepreneur helping others to reach their own goals.“I work eight times harder and I’m probably 1,000 times happier because I’m doing what I feel like I’m supposed to be doing,” she said.The Running Well Store has been named one of the 50 best running stores in the country four times by Competitor Running Group.
– Playoffs set for tomorrow at HaslingtonTHE East Coast Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition seems to be following the record breaking trend that was witnessed in the preceding two zones that were completed not so long ago.The organisers of the event have enjoyed a surge in teams requesting to participate in the Guinness phenomenon, with Georgetown and West Demerara easily surpassing previous records of participating teams and judging from the feedback received to date, the East Coast version will follow suit.Tomorrow the playoffs to select teams to join the automatic qualifiers will be conducted at the Haslington tarmac, and fans are being urged to come out and witness what is shaping up to be some hotly contested clashes as teams battle each other to enter the main draw.Over $700,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs in the competition which will feature 16 teams to be played over three days, commencing next Wednesday, March 28, at the same venue.The competition will resume on March 31 and conclude with the final and semi-finals on Easter Monday, along with the Plate final which carries a first prize of $50,000.The winning team in the competition will receive $400,000, while second, third and fourth place finishers take home $150,000, $100,000 and $75,000 respectively.Among the teams listed to compete are: BV-B, Melanie-A, Melanie-B, Plaisance-B, Buxton Diamond, Belfield Warriors, Turkeyen Champs, BV-A, Paradise, Plaisance-A, Haslington North and Victoria Church Yard United.In last year’s final, Melanie-B defeated Plaisance –B 1-0, while Buxton Diamond finished third following a similar margin of victory over BV-B.
A more practical idea – and one that would not lead to more flight delays – is the effort by the airport and the FAA to put in place runway-status lights designed to quickly alert pilots when it’s safe to cross a runway on LAX’s north airfield. Such a system could be in place by January 2009 Although certainly not foolproof, warning lights could help prevent miscommunications between pilots and air-traffic controllers. The Airport Commission’s decision to fund a another safety study of the north airfield should also shed light on whether the distance between the two northern runways should be increased. Although that would mean relocating a runway closer to airport neighbors in Westchester, such a project may be needed to accommodate larger, quieter aircraft like the Airbus A380. Larger aircraft capable of carrying more than 500 people should make the airport more efficient. Indeed, one flight by such a mega-aircraft could do the job that two conventional airliners now perform. We’re also encouraged by experimental satellite-based navigation systems that have been demonstrated by the FAA. These new systems would allow pilots to keep better track of nearby aircraft when skies are more crowded – and thus avoid potential flight hazards around busy airports. All these future technical upgrades should boost public confidence in LAX’s ability to keep safety risks to a minimum. And we’re hopeful such advancements will occur in a way that doesn’t exacerbate fears of airport expansion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For those who live near Los Angeles International Airport, the line between airport modernization and airport expansion is a fine one. But while LAX must not deviate from a legal agreement capping annual passenger volume to 78.9 million, modernizing the airport to improve safety should move forward as quickly as possible. Eight so-called runway incursions, or near-collisions, have occurred at the airport since Oct. 1, prompting a re-evaluation of safety concerns. We’re hopeful that discussions about solutions will result in fewer such close calls in the future. There is no shortage of ideas. Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, has called on the Federal Aviation Administration to restrict the number of aircraft landing and taking off – while at the same time spreading out the number of flights to other airports in the region. Although we welcome regional solutions to take some of the pressure off LAX, it doesn’t seem likely that fewer flights would reduce the chances of collisions. The recent close calls at LAX were linked more to pilot error and airport configuration issues rather than the volume of flights at any one time.