Jim Kirwan came to the United States from Ireland in 2003 to set up TrySports, a specialty retail business focused on the aerobic activities of walking, running, swimming, cycling, fitness and triathlon. The first store opened its doors in 2004 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and quickly demonstrated that it was no ordinary retail store. Led by the founder, TrySports got actively involved in the health and fitness of the local community and quickly won a reputation for providing great customer service and for inspiring thousands to get fit and live a healthy life.
After opening a second store in 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina, TrySports’ two stores were voted the second and third best specialty running stores in the nation the following year by the readers of Runner’s World, one of the leading running magazines in the world. Two further store openings in 2008 led to TrySports becoming an INC 5000 “fastest growing company” for 3 years in a row from 2009 to 2011.