Owner Steve Norris, "Norrie," has been a staple of the Fairfield County running community for nearly 40 years. Norris turned his passion for running, coupled with his athletic expertise and coaching experience, into a successful business venture. Now Runner’s Roost serve the same community that first established Norris' running career.
A graduate of New Canaan High School, Norris ran cross country and track. He was a CIAC Class M State Champion in the 1000 m. and 180 m. hurdles. At DePauw University, Norris was MVP of the cross country team in 1965. His 4x440 m. relay team still holds the school record.
In the spring of 1976, Norris landed a job at Darien High School as a boys assistant track coach. That fall, he became the coach for the girls cross country team. In 1978, Norris opened Runner’s Roost at 425 Post Road in Darien.
As a veteran coach of the Darien High School girls cross country and track teams, Norris bolstered the program to numerous winning seasons, FCIAC and State championships. Under his leadership, countless Darien runners have gone on to elite collegiate running programs at universities across the country, from Harvard to West Point and Villanova. In 2013, Norris was named Fairfield County Sports Commission Darien Sports Person of the Year.
Norris maintains a loyal following in the running community. His Runner’s Roost staff are knowledgable, friendly, and well-trained in the running, training, and racing industry. At Runner’s Roost, you can find the very best in running footwear, from neutral and stability trainers to competition shoes for both indoor and outdoor track and field events. Runner's Roost also carries the latest in apparel and essential running accessories.
In 2016, Norris moved his business to Goodwives Shopping Center in an effort to be more accessible to customers and provide a more personal running experience in the heart of Darien.
When it comes to shoes, we've got you covered. Do your feet hurt when you run? Do your knees ache just from walking to the starting line? Are your shoes older than you are? If so, it's time for a fresh pair. Our number one goal is to make sure you're in the shoe that's right for you. We will analyze how you walk and talk to you about past injuries and future goals. When we're finished you'll be ready to run out the door (in a good way).
You don't see too many people going on runs in business suits, and there's a reason for that. Proper running apparel should be breathable and comfortable. We have everything you need to keep you cool in the heat, and warm in the cold. Shorts, pants, tights, jackets, you name it, you'll find it.
Sometimes it's the little things that make us happy. Maybe it's a good pair of running socks to prevent blistering, a stylish hat to stay warm, or a watch that keeps track of your heartrate. Whether you want to feel like a secret agent with the latest gadgets, or you just need to put something in your shoes to keep them from smelling, you'll find what you need here.
The human body is amazing, but sometimes it needs a little extra push. Keep your energy levels up while on the run with power gels, dissoluble tablets, gummies, and more. We have so many different flavors you'll feel like you're shopping for candy.
Even the most well-trained runners can get injuries. Here at the Roost, our top priority is your safety and comfort while on the run. That’s why we offer products essential to preventing and treating any injuries you may face. We have insoles to support your arches, foam rollers to release muscle tightness, tape and braces to support your knees and other joints, foot massagers for plantar fasciitis, and more.
How often should I change my running shoes?
Why go to a specialty running shop?
What is pronation?
I want to get new running shoes. Can’t I just order them online if I know my size?
I got new shoes, so why do I still feel pain in my knees/back?
What is plantar fasciitis, and how can I cure it?
How often should I run?
Can I use running shoes for other physical activities, such as weight lifting, tennis, basketball, etc?
Running shoes have evolved to incorporate lightweight materials that cushion the foot from the trauma of running. Most (not all) cushioning comes from EVA foam, a lightweight material injected with air cells designed to absorb impact. But, like all good things, the foam eventually loses its magic. Besides the technology used to cushion the shoe, how often you run, your weight, and your foot strike will affect the life of your running shoe.
According to some researchers, running shoes should be replaced anywhere from 300 to 500 miles after the first wear. For a runner doing five 3-mile runs per week, that means a new pair every five to six months. (Ask Santa for a gift certificate to the Runner’s Roost!)
SUN: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
MON: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
TUE: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
WED: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
THU: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
FRI: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
SAT: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
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