Gary Taylor, Frank O'Mara Open Go! Running

by Kate Knable  on Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 12:00 am  

Go! Running
Owners:
Gary Taylor and Frank O'Mara
Address:
1819 N. Grant St., Little Rock 72207
Phone:
(501) 663-6800
Web site:
www.gorunning.com
Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Startup:
March 27, 2010

In going into business on his own, former Alltel executive Gary Taylor wanted to help build up Little Rock's running community.

Taylor has partnered with another former Alltel exec in sneakers, Frank O'Mara, to open Go! Running, a specialty store that stocks shoes, apparel and accessories for running and walking. The store carries such brands as Asics, Brooks, New Balance and Nike.

"My passion is running," Taylor, 46, said. "I just felt a need to do something in Little Rock to help grow the running community, help people learn about running or walking and a healthy lifestyle."

Taylor, of Little Rock, is a U.S.A. triathlon-certified coach and former University of Arkansas track team member. He has been running for more than 30 years. O'Mara, similarly, was a UA track star.

In addition to selling equipment at Go! Running, Taylor plans to host mini-clinics at the store on topics such as triathlon transitions and nutrition. He also would like to have doctors, physical therapists and podiatrists spend time at the store answering questions about pain people have as they exercise.

"It's a tough sport to get into if you haven't done it before. We don't want people to have problems that would force them out of the sport when they could've been avoided," Taylor said.

Taylor formerly was vice president of information technology at Alltel and began planning to start a business when he realized he would be laid off. He manages Go! Running, while O'Mara is CEO of Allied Wireless Communications Corp. of Little Rock, which Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. of Salem, Mass., formed from divested Alltel assets.

The new business is "born out of a passion for what we do," Taylor said. "Running has been very good to me. It's a good time for me to give back now."

Taylor and O'Mara funded the store with their own money. Taylor said that opening a store like theirs would cost, "to do it right, over $100,000."

 

 

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