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Popular running store owner gets out of the business

Blink and you may miss the Falls Road Running Store.

Many people drive right by the squat building, hidden, with no major signage, off the street it is named for.

Yet in the 15 years since it first opened, the store became an institution in Baltimore's running community — a hub where people not only buy shoes but share race stories and bat around strategies for getting faster.

At its core was founder Jim Adams, often seen in the store strumming a banjo and holding court with those who loved running as much as him.

But with age, Adam's body started to wear down and running became painful and tedious. Problems with a knee and his right big toe slowed the...