Shoes are revered by runners for comfort, injury prevention and, indeed, a little extra race-day luck. A few perks to guide your search:

Shoes are revered by runners for comfort, injury prevention and, indeed, a little extra race-day luck. A few perks to guide your search:

Fleet Feet:An in-store athletic trainer
Eight months ago, Fleet Feet owner Tim Flahaven brought in Lauryn Winters, a certified athletic trainer with OhioHealth who spends 20 hours a week at the store, answering customers' questions about injuries and recovery. Her hours are posted on the store website, which is chock-full of information about clinics and events, too. 1270 E. Powell Rd., Lewis Center, fleetfeetsports.com

FrontRunner:A return policy built for runners As her customer unlaced a fresh pair of shoes, the salesgirl rattled off FrontRunner's relaxed return policy: Wear them for a few runs (avoid puddles, please), and if you don't love them, bring them back and choose another pair for a refund or store credit. 1344 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington; 7227 N. High St., Worthington, frontrunnercolumbus.com

Columbus Running Company:Rack up the rewards For every $200 spent on merchandise, you'll get $20 in rewards credit. Since running shoes typically cost more than $100, the rewards can add up fast (and don't expire). Customers looking for a new pair of shoes will play an informative game of 20 questions with a fit specialist en route to finding the perfect match.Multiple locations, columbusrunning.com