Last Lap Cornerstore

Contestant Details

The South Side’s Specialty Running Store


Ian Gonzalez

Year Participated
Finalist (Audience Favorite)

Last Lap Cornerstore was born during the pandemic out of a desire to push the running community on the southside forward. Before this, I spent three years starting a running club in Bronzeville and helping to start another one in Hyde Park. As both clubs grew, I realized there was a glass ceiling because there was nowhere on the south side to get any of the essentials needed to run. My solution to this problem was to open a running specialty store in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Since opening in September of 2020, we have serviced the southside running community out of a refurbished shipping container store in Boxville, a black-owned small business incubator, by creating running workshops and partnerships with Black owners and trainers in the health and wellness industry. City-wide, the running community has shared their appreciation for the store via kind words, cards, and purchases. We will continue to stand behind our slogan, “We Run With You.”

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