When most people are at a crossroads in life, they look to the sky and ask for a sign. Some people, shortly thereafter, will have an experience they interpret as the sign for which they asked. Only the most fortunate among us have the clarity of a literal sign. That’s what happened to Chris Farley.
At 26, he was working full-time as a computer programmer, checking off life’s boxes and accepting his passionless fate. But, one afternoon, walking down the streets of Alexandria, Virginia to meet a friend for lunch, he noticed a sign outside of Pacers Running Store that said, “Runners Wanted for Part Time Work.” He walked in, started work that weekend, and fell in love – letting that sign change his life.
Nineteen years later, Farley is the owner of Pacers Running. Pacers is now five stores strong in the greater D.C. area, and each one strives to celebrate accomplishments of all runners at each step along their fitness journey.
“We truly believe in our mission to celebrate the journey and the accomplishments of all runners,
Farley said. “With that we encourage and empower our employees to live that mantra through supporting our customers through every step of their fitness journey.”
Chris and his team have a vision of helping as many people as possible through running, and in an ever-changing retail market they aim to keep that vision as their north star. And their mission doesn’t stop at the store’s door – Pacers has raised over $1 million in funds for various charities throughout the greater D.C. community. Since 1991, they have maintained a community with a lot of great people, a lot of running, and a lot of fun. The team at Pacers is in it for the people they serve, and no matter who you are or what your fitness level, they are excited to meet you.
“We are committed to the sport, to our customers, and to our employees,” he said. “We continue to evolve and bring excitement to the space and truly believe we are helping people through running.”