Tuesday, dozens of people packed RunTex for a public auction. Items that once belonged to the running store were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Everything inside the South 1st Street and Riverside location from shoes to posters to memorabilia was on the auction block.
"I can't even imagine how much will be raised. but hopefully it will clear up the Travis County taxes and then help get some of the money back to the landlord and we'll continue to work until we get that done," said owner Paul Carrozza.
Custom running shoes that were worn by President George W. Bush went for $1,450. There were also shoes that belonged to Governor Rick Perry and a Lance Armstrong jersey. Two RunTex trucks brought in more than $11,000.
The auction was ordered to collect the nearly $23,000 in taxes and fees owed to Travis County.
"This is unfortunate, we hate doing this for RunTex or any individual or company, but our job is to make sure Travis County tax payers pay their taxes," says Travis County Tax Assessor Bruce Elfant.
Last month, an eviction notice was posted on the doors of RunTex and property seized. In addition to owing taxes, Carrozza fell several months behind on the $19,000-a-month rent. Since that happened, Austin runners have come out in support of Carrozza.
"Paul Carrozza has had a large impact on the running community, on the fitness community as a whole. As an inspiration, as a leader. It's unfortunate what has happened, but it's business and I think he'll bounce back from that and he has a lot of supporters behind him," said Austin running coach David Braswell.
Along with those special pairs of running shoes, there were a few sentimental items to Carrozza on the auction block including an Olympic torch he carried before the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City. He hopes to get that back one day, but in the meantime, he knows the auction has to happen.
"It's been a really interesting kind of bittersweet thing where it's not where you want to be, but the outpour of love has been great," Carrozza said.
Interested buyers can look at the items starting at 10 a.m. The auction begins at 11 a.m.
Debit cards and credit cards will not be accepted.
Click here for auction details and a photo gallery of what's for sale.