KEEP A RUNNING TALLY
OF ALL THINGS HEALTHY
THIS TOWN AND YOU CAN TOO!
/// BY PENELOPE CARLEVATO
What began in Mark Bauman’s Flint apartment in 1974 is
now the premier running store in the region. In those early
days, he kept running merchandise in his living room, selling
to runners on race days. Forty-three years later some of
those initial customers are still coming to the store.
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an Amazon storefront, committed to
providing all their customers with the
highest standard of customer service,
no matter where they shop. Running is
a national sport…many people like to
run alone and experience the quiet time.
Others love to get into the race for the
Bauman grew up in the Flint area and
is very involved in sponsoring major
fundraisers and runs. He was the
originator of the 5K Santa Run where
every runner gets a Santa Suit with
their entry fee!
All ages and levels of runners and
walkers are given professional
attention at Bauman’s Running and
Walking Store. The shop carries brand
names of shoes and apparel, and
sponsors shoe clinics for customers to get
the best fit. A runner’s shoe is fitted to
each person’s foot, and numerous options
for shoes are offered. Bauman states,
“There is no right or wrong brand of shoe.
It just depends on the runners and their
running style.” Mark prides himself with
the ability to provide not just running and
walking shoes, but all kinds of equipment
needed by the athlete. Runners’
sunglasses, watches, knee braces,
orthotics, and a full stock of nutrition
products are available at Bauman’s.
Mark has ten grandchildren, between
the ages of two and 23 years. His oldest
grandson, Brenden Stafford, has joined
him in the family business and assists him
in offering personalized service to the
community while attending college.
Bauman’s supports runners and walkers in
the Flint area with many clinics on health
and fitness. A local celebrity himself, at
A former Ainsworth High School
cross-country and track star, and
later a high school teacher, Mark
Bauman has turned his life’s passion
of running into a thriving business.
Bauman’s Running and Walking
Shop’s slogan (and website
address) is: “We Run This Town.”
Is he into politics? No, physical
running is the key!
Mark Bauman is a runner. He has
competed in every Detroit Marathon
since it began in 1978. He ran
his first Boston Marathon in 1970
and hasn’t missed running it since
then. His fastest time in Boston
was 2:30:32 in 1975. This year
was his 49th Boston Marathon. He
competed in the Boston Marathon
in 2013, during the terrorist
bombing, but was unharmed. His
son and grandson were with him as
He also is a yearly contender for the
Crim. Mark still runs and walks about
40 miles a week. This man is known
as the “Running Man” to many in
Bauman has seen the sport of
running change a great deal since
he first opened his business in 1974.
Men were his primary customers
at that time, but now more than
60 per cent of his customer base
are women. The styles of shoes
and clothing for both men and
women have evolved over the years.
Bauman’s Running and Walking
Store has the latest in sports apparel,
and is the go-to place in Flint for
all sports equipment, not just for
running and walking. It also has