Learn our history

A NEW ERA BEGINS IN 2015 WITH ANOTHER ANN ARBOR RUNNING FAMILY TAKING OWNERSHIP OF TORTOISE AND HARE, NOBUKO AND SHAWN JYAWOOK.

In 1978, during the times of the original running boom, Tortoise and Hare was founded. It was one of the first specialty running stores in the Midwest. For the last 25 years Tortoise and Hare has been a family business run by Karen Holappa and her son, Matt Holappa.

The original Tortoise and Hare was in downtown Ann Arbor with a second larger store on the north side of town. Now the main store is located in the north side location on Plymouth Road. This store offers ample free parking.