Run & Become

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Run & Become is an independent specialist running shoe store created by Ongkar Tony Smith, inspired by the late Sri Chinmoy. First opened in Victoria, London in 1982 as a family business there are now branches in Edinburgh and Cardiff still maintaining that ethos. Ongkar passed away in 2006 but the store continues to be run by his daughters, Dipika and Shankara Smith. As Ongkar founded the Sri Chinmoy 24 hour race which is currently taking place at the Tooting Bec athletics track, Shankara inherited the responsibility for the 24 hour as well which continues to thrive and is the unofficial British 24 hour championships selling out every year and including runners from Europe as well'