Brooklyn's Best Entrepreneurs

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Lee Silverman of JackRabbit Sports

When Lee Silverman hit 210 pounds and found himself out of breath just going up a flight of stairs, he knew he needed a change. He started running, and has been hooked on marathoning since. In 2003, he founded JackRabbit Sports to help others make the same transformation by educating people about running and triathlon "and to make sure everyone makes the best choices in gear." Employees go through eight hours of training before being allowed to help customers select shoes, and treadmill analysis for shoe fit is standard. What's more, JackRabbit's training programs are legendary in the New York area.