For Runners, A Place To Call Home

For Richard Dafoe, opening a running store has been a dream in the making. And a labor of love.

Nearly a year ago, he took the plunge by making the commitment — and making it public — that he would open a running store in Grand Forks.

Today, Richard’s store, See Dick Run, opened in the strip mall next to Menards along 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks. Inventory continues to grow daily as a selection of shoes, apparel, gear and accessories makes its way to the fledgling business. Within 2 to 3 weeks, most lines of inventory will be fully stocked.

Opening a store isn’t an easy undertaking, nor is navigating the business world of large running corporations.

But the new store has been carefully planned and detailed to help all levels of runners. Every detail — from inventory, brands and decor — have been painstakingly planned.

You wouldn’t expect anything less from a dedicated runner.

Dafoe, a former standout runner at Grand Forks Central High School, is head coach of the Red River High School cross country teams and assistant track and field coach. Last month, he was named North Dakota Boys Cross Country coach of the year.  And he’s race director for the Wild Hog Marathon, which will debut it’s 26.2-mile course next fall.

As the store fills with inventory (current offerings include Hoka shoes and Oiselle clothing but inventory will expand to offer several other brands within a few weeks), area runners will find a store to call home. A place where they’ll get individual attention and answers to their running and gear questions. A “home base” to meet and mingle with old friends and new acquaintances. That’s been the case at other independent running stores, and as Grand Forks continues its evolution into a running community, I’d expect the same at See Dick Run.

Inside the store, rich red walls are lined with warm cedar. An oversized iconic logo — a bandana-wearing Richard in full stride — gives visual appeal to the glazed concrete floor. An industrial strength Woodway treadmill provides a track to give new shoes a test ride. It has the makings for a runner’s haven.

Good luck, Richard.