Fleet Feet said sales reached more than $86 million in 2008 on a 12% comp store gain. At Fleet Feet's annual Winter Franchise Conference held in Dallas this week, President Jeff Phillips commented, “While we celebrate our collective accomplishments of the past year, we recognize that the economic environment has changed significantly.  In 2009 we will focus efforts on the fundamentals that will keep the brand strong: working collaboratively with our franchisees and vendor partners to improve store operations and acquire new customers to drive our business.”


At the awards dinner on Tuesday, Brooks Sports was honored as Fleet Feet Sports’ Outstanding Apparel Vendor of 2008 for its growth in sales to Fleet Feet Sports stores, as well as its customer service, product quality, shipping and overall commitment to the Fleet Feet Sports organization. The award was presented this week in Dallas at Fleet Feet's annual Winter Franchise Conference.


Also at the event, Kim Holt and Brett Lamb, owners of Fleet Feet Sports in San Francisco, won the fourth InDuna Award. The InDuna Award is presented annually by Balega in recognition of a Fleet Feet Sports store that has made substantial contributions to its local community.


“Fleet Feet Sports San Francisco, led by Kim and Brett, exemplifies the kind of active community involvement that we created the InDuna Award to recognize,” said Balega General Manager Chris Bevin. According to a statement from Fleet Feet, the store selects different beneficiaries for each of its quarterly Sunset Runs, turning the familiar store-sponsored fun run into an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a variety of local, national and international charities.  Benefiting organizations range from Students Run Oakland to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 


Meanwhile, Fleet Feet Sports and New Balance attendees kicked off the 2009 season of No Boundaries by building bicycles and donating them to the local Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  No Boundaries is a national 5K training program designed for true beginners that was introduced with great success in 2008.  The program, sponsored by New Balance, guides participants toward becoming active by pursuing an achievable goal of walking or running a 5K for the first time.