Ready to Run was founded in 2013 to be a welcoming and inviting place for the community to go for guidance and support in their fitness and lifestyle goals, whatever they may be. Founders, Scott and Karla Hippensteel, started RTR in hopes of continuing Austin’s vibrant fitness community. Our staff is highly trained, extremely knowledgeable on industry products and has the personal experience needed to offer advice.

We are locally owned and locally operated. We specialize in gait analysis and knowledge of footwear to help find the right shoe for YOU. No matter your foot type or mechanics we can help. Whether you’re walking, road running, trail running or any type of cross training, the right gear is imperative. Our experienced staff can guide you in the right direction for any type of product.



The Hippensteels are long-time Austinites and value the idea of keeping and supporting local business in the city. They are both graduates from the University of Texas at Austin. Scott is an accomplished runner himself and was a member of the cross country and track teams while at UT. He has also been involved in the run specialty industry for many years. He began working part-time for Runtex in 1993 and has had a strong presence in the Austin running scene ever since. Scott is a 30-year employee of the Lockhart independent school district where he works as a teacher and head cross country and track coach. Karla is a 30-year employee of the Attorney General of Texas Child Support Division. Her expertise includes over 20 years of software development changes necessary to support federal, state, and organizational computer changes. Together they oversee all operations at Ready to Run and feel honored to be part of the best running community in the country!