BPRunCo Opens the Doors at its New Location:
Popular running shop continues to serve Metro-area runners of all types.
July 14 (Denver, CO): After a year of construction and operating out of a tiny space in the rear of their new location, BP Run Co. (BPRunCo) is pleased to announce that its doors at Gold’s Marketplace, at 26th and Kipling in Wheat Ridge, CO, are now open and ready for business. Founded in 2017 on Tennyson St. in the Highlands area of Denver, BPRunCo quickly became a fixture for the local mountain, trail, and ultrarunning communities. Specializing in the footwear, apparel, and equipment designed for the hardworking outdoor athlete, Berkeley Park quickly became a hub for the growing population of local trail runners. Always welcoming, BPRunCo hosted regular happy hours, educational events, and run clubs on the local trails, developing a diverse and passionate following. Twice recognized by Westword as Best Local Running Shop (2019 and 2021), BPRunco was forced to rethink its future when it’s funky, noteworthy building on Tennyson St. was sold and scheduled for demolition.
The new BPRunCo is picking up where the original left off, and more, now specializes in all things running: shoes, apparel, nutrition, and gear for road, trail, and mountain runners. The shop – even in its temporary space – continued to successfully focus on building community, with regular run clubs out of the shop and on the local trails in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and Golden, as well as sponsoring a host of local running events. As shop manager, Phil Snyder, puts it, “We appreciate the local runners who have supported us over the years more than they will ever know. A great singer once said ‘Without people, you’re nothing’ and without Jackalopes, you’re even less. We’re thankful to the Colorado Running Community for supporting a shop that is trying to do things well and a bit differently, which is why we chose the jackalope as our mascot to begin with: cute and ornery, with a side of campfire whiskey under a full moon.” BPRunCo’s Wild Jackalopes, the shop running team, now numbers over 50 runners who all joyfully spread the BPRunCo love.
Four local Colorado trail/ultra runners stepped into the fray in late 2021 to keep the BP magic alive and continue the good work begun by the original Berkeley Park Running Co shop in the Highlands: Ryan Kirchhoff, Corky Dean, Mike Hewitt, and Peter Downing, all local trail runners themselves and operating under a newly formed LLC, banded together to continue the success of founder Chris Sullivan and his manager, Phil Snyder.
As local runner, art educator, and now owner, Corky Dean, says, “the four of us, all avid trail runners, saw this welcome opportunity to both continue and expand on what ‘Sully’ and Phil had built at the original Berkeley Park. We know there is still a genuine need for a full service, community-focused running shop in the west Denver-metro area, especially as running just keeps growing. Ultimately, our and BPRunCo’s goal is to carry on the good work and community building that Chris and Phil made such an integral part of the store, all while continuing to offer the best available running footwear, apparel, and equipment available.”
“We’re really thrilled to have the new space open at last,” says Kirchhoff, who now serves as the store’s General Manager. “I was always impressed with what Berkeley Park created, and now, given the opportunity to continue and extend that, I, too, felt like that made tremendous sense. We are all excited about the future of BPRunCo and this passionate community of runners, and are honestly thrilled to welcome them to our new home.”
BP Run Co (formerly Berkeley Park Running Company) is a specialty running store located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. With a focus on building a diverse community of passionate and enthusiastic runners, BPRunCo offers a highly knowledgeable staff, events (regular run clubs, presentations, panel discussions), footwear, apparel, equipment, and nutritional products for the wide array of mountain, trail, and road runners across the Denver metro area. For more information, visit bprunco.com.