Make Strides At The LA Marathon With Sport Chalet Gear And Expert Advice

February 25, 2014

Specialty sporting goods retailer offers Angelenos tools to prepare for LA’s biggest race day

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As participating Angelenos prepare for the 29th annual LA Marathon on March 9, premier specialty sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet is providing race goers at all levels with tips and tailored in-store guidance to compete in the 26-mile race.

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“Running a marathon takes a good deal of preparation and dedication. Every runner’s experience and goals are different,” said Sport Chalet Expert Paul Smedley. “At Sport Chalet, not only do we help athletes select the proper gear to complement marathon training, we also have a knowledgeable staff available to offer insight on individual running needs, styles and body types.”

To help runners pave the way through the LA Marathon’s scenic journey from Dodgers Stadium to the Pacific Ocean, Smedley provides the following six tips:

    --  With any kind of running, staying hydrated is of utmost importance.
        Traditional hydration packs can be bulky and add unnecessary weight.
        Invest in a lightweight pack like the hydration belt, which also
        includes a pocket to carry energy gels, cash and more.
    --  Another important factor to consider for a marathon is finding a running
        shoe that complements the unique gait of the runner. Sport Chalet offers
        complimentary gait analysis and shoe fitting at every location to help
        runners select the perfect shoe for marathon day.
    --  Runners should consider wearing compression apparel to decrease the
        muscle vibration caused by running, which in turn will help reduce
        fatigue over a long distance. In addition, compression apparel also
        increases blood flow, offers core support and provides muscle warmth
        that can support performance and aid in post-run recovery.
    --  For marathoners looking to track their pace, distance or heart rate, a
        running watch can be a great tracking tool throughout training and on
        race day.
    --  Twenty-six miles of constant motion can cause friction that irritates
        the skin. Use a body balm to create a barrier between the skin and
        clothing to prevent any discomfort during a marathon. Body balms can
        also be used on the feet to help prevent blistering.
    --  Above all else, runners should always default to their training. The
        excitement of marathon day should not deviate from an established
        routine. Even changes in the diet can often negatively affect marathon
        performance. Be sure to stick to a race-day schedule that has proven to
        be successful in training.

For more information on Sport Chalet’s selection of running gear or to find the nearest Sport Chalet location, visit www.sportchalet.com. For additional media inquiries, contact spilsbury@formulapr.com.

About Sport Chalet

Sport Chalet (Nasdaq: SPCHA, SPCHB) is a premier, full service specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry’s top sports brands in apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, the company has 51 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah; an online store at www.sportchalet.com; a Team Sales division; and offers more than 50 specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including online same day delivery, climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations. For more information, visit Sport Chalet at www.sportchalet.com.

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