About

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Seven Hills Running Shop is a running specialty store focused on the trails. A true running “specialty” store.

Located in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia near the Discovery Park Visitor Center, Seven Hills Running Shop was founded by myself, Phil Kochik, in 2012. Since moving to Seattle in 2001, I’ve loved running the hills of this city–roads and trails. I’ve been selling running shoes here since 2002. Needless to say, running shoes are a passion of mine.  I hope my loves of running, hills, and shoes if not already shared by our customers, rub off a little on the people that walk through the door.

We are Seattle’s only trail running specialty store.  We do sell shoes for all surfaces and endeavors, though.

In terms of overall sales, we sell close to 70% Trail Running shoes versus 30% Road Running shoes. We are very unique in this regard; we are able to offer the trail shoe selection that other shops cannot.

Here are some of our cool stats:

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We provide a vast resource to the trail running community, not only with products and knowledge, but with fun events at the shop and donations to organizations like the Washington Trails Association.

Phil-osophy of Shoes:

Shoes are first and foremost.  We do not try to sell you insoles, socks, roller-do-dads, etc., etc.  I am of the mindset that good shoes are all you need.  Corrective insoles should be prescribed by a doctor or PT. Especially for trail running, insoles aren’t necessary.

Running Packs:

As of 2017, packs have taken over our shop! We believe we have the best selection around and are always bringing in the latest and greatest!

Employees:

On the day we opened, Glenn Tachiyama came him–with his camera.  (It would have been odd to see him without his camera.)  I mentioned to him that I didn’t have any employees.  The next day he asked if I really needed someone to work; how about him?  I said, you’re in!

It was the Phil and Glenn show until December when we hired Martin Mudry two months later.  Our first full-timer.

In 2013 we added Stacey Nievweija, Winse Heyward, Christopher Barry, and Brandon Sullivan.  Martin left for Amazon–but I still consider him a part-timer!

In 2014: Stacey, Winse and Brandon left.  Jeanne Higgins came and went–to a job at Brooks corporate.  Paige Pattillo joined the staff, too.

In 2015/16: Kay Allen and Adam Lint joined the fold.

2017: Richard Kresser becomes part of the team!

Mission Statement:

We hope to be an integral part in making Seattle recognized as an epicenter of Ultra and Trail running once again!

Photos by Glenn Tachiyama