Ian Connor, President, CEO, and owner of The Running Store, Inc., was born and raised in the great mid-western state of Ohio. His passion for running and competition began during the tender years of Junior High School, along sleepy two-lane highways of Lexington – a town of yesteryear and modernity - his fiercest rivals were horse-driven Amish buggies and determined young farmers. This developed and progressed into – not just one, but three - State Championships in High School, and ultimately an athletic scholarship to Ohio State University. As a Buckeye scholar-athlete, Ian earned his Bachelors of Science degree, dual majoring in Exercise Science and Psychology. He was named Captain of the OSU Track and Cross-Country Teams, was a Big Ten Champion and NCAA Runner-up (3000m Steeplechase), and earned Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-American accolades.
Post-collegiately, Ian spent several years as a professional runner, enjoying success as a member of the U.S. Team at the World Cross Country Championships, a semifinalist in the 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Trials, in addition to racing competitively for Nike and the North-Carolina based ZAP Fitness Team.
He is listed on the “U.S. Sub-4 Minute Miler’s Club” as the 255th American to break the 4-minute mile barrier, clocking a 3:58:24 indoor mile.