I remember being fascinated by my 6th grade science teacher’s explanation of how a drop of rain is formed. She said that microscopic particles of dust get swept up into the sky where they float on the air currents. The dust particles act like magnets, attracting tiny droplets of water vapor which condense on the particles and stick to them like glue. In time, the particles, now laden with water, become too heavy for the winds to keep them aloft so they fall to the earth as raindrops where they could make a powerful impact.
Many years later when I became the owner of Fleet Feet Hartford, I realized that locally-owned businesses were like raindrops for their communities. We are like those particles of dust dancing on the air currents, forming a nucleus for others to join so together we can make an impact on our corner of the world.
People, especially runners, have such big, generous hearts. They want to do good but don’t always know how or have the resources to do it. Sometimes they think that their efforts are too small to make a difference. But when we can combine those small efforts, the impact is huge which is why being a nucleus has become an important mission for me.
I am fortunate to workout with a great trio of community-focused business owners: Matt & Betsy Udal of Great Point Financial Management, Jill Merriam of Key Hyundai and Kevin Doyle of CrossFit Hartford. After class one day, Betsy mentioned that she wanted to do a fundraiser to help those who are food insecure. Something unique. Something fun. Something big that the whole community could be a part of. Within hours the premise of PB & Burpees was hatched - now we need your help to bring it to life.
From now through November 9, we are collecting jars of peanut/nut butter. Our goal is 1,000 jars of this protein-rich food that is also shelf-stable and easy enough for kids and seniors to make for themselves without risk of cuts or burns.
We have a collection box at Fleet Feet, but welcome anyone who wants to host their own peanut/nut butter drive. Just reply to this email that you’re interested, and I’ll get you a collection box and poster.
Then, on November 9, we’re hosting a Burpee Challenge to raise money for Foodshare to purchase even more peanut butter! Participants – either solo or as a team – will do burpees based on the number of jars collected.
There will be prizes, food from Iron & Grain and beer from Thomas Hooker Brewery. Grab your running buddies, co-workers and friends and put a team together (the more people = the less burpees you have to do!).
The Fleet Feet staff is nuts enough to take on this challenge - are you?
(For more information, click the flyer below.)
THE FASTEST SHOE IN THE WORLD
The Nike VaporFly 4% Flyknit launches this Thursday, October 4 and we are stoked to be able to offer 24 people the opportunity to own this shoe. The same shoe worn by Eliud Kipchogee during his record-breaking marathon in Berlin!
Click HERE if you are interested in purchasing a pair. Shoes will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. We will contact you with purchase information if your size is available.
You can also come to the store in advance of Thursday to try them on (we do expect the shoe to sell out by Thursday afternoon).
CROSS-FIT FOR RUNNERS
Cross training is an essential element of running - and remaining independant as you age - because every movement you make starts from the core.
Develop a strong core and you will not only see improvements in performance, but it can help prevent injury which allows you to consistently train harder and build upon your successes. Great things happen when you focus on becoming fundamentally strong.
We have partnered with CrossFit Hartford to host specialized training programs that help those new to exercise, as well as runners and veterans of sweat, improve their overall fitness and physical health.
Choose from two types of classes or mix-and-match. Your 8-class pack gives you access to both FUNdamentals of fitness and FIT360. To learn more about each class, click the circles below.
No experience necessary for either class - just a positive attitude and a willingness to try new exercises...and have fun!
FALL TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Get up and go this fall! Grab a friend or make new ones. We take pride in being with you every step of the way whether it's offering encouragement, high-fives and camaraderie, proven training plans, expert coaching, cool shirts, in-store savings or those tips and tricks that make running just a bit easier.
LITTLE MANCHESTER ROAD RACE
Registeration is Open
The coolest kids-only fun run in town is open to kids aged 12 and under and features five distances: 100m toddler dash, ¼ Mile, ½ Mile, 1 Mile and 2 Miles. Kids receive a sweatshirt, medal and post-race treats – but sign-up soon as the race is expected to reach it’s 1,000 kid capacity by Friday.
During the month of October, all CEP socks & sleeves are Buy 2, Get 1 Free!! Mix-and-Match between full-length socks, shorty socks, sleeves and even the Merino recovery sock. Least expensive pair is free.
SAVE ON THESE SHOES
To make room for the new Fall shoe models, we have lowered the prices on our remaining inventory of these 2017 models:
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18: $100
New Balance 860v8: $100
Nike Air Zoom Structure 21: $90
Saucony Guide ISO: $90
Call the store (860-233-8077) before you come in to make sure we still have your size available.
FFRC MEET-UPS (FREE):
Wed evenings (6:30pm) &
Sat morning (8:30am)
Join us for a run from the store. Wed runs are 3-5 miles; Sat runs feature two routes of 4-6 miles & 7-10 miles.
Don your pinkest running gear to show love and support of those whose lives have been touched by Breast Cance. Join a 3-ish mile run/walk followed by pink-themed treats. We'll be debuting Mizuno's brand-new Wave Rider Flyknit ($10 from every shoe sold is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation).
DAY OF THE GIRL RUNNING CHALLENGE
Wed, Oct 10 @ 6:30pm
We are supporting Ragnar Relay's challenge to have 1,500 people run 5.7 miles in support of the International Day of the Girl and Girls Gotta Run. Learn more about this worthwhile initiative HERE>
HANDFUL TRUNK SHOW - Thurs, Oct 18 @ 5-7pm
Join us for a special trunk show with this wonderful emerging apparel brand that is known for their flattering and super comfy bras, wide-waisted leggings and flirty tops.
We'll have refreshments, discounts and raffle prizes. Plus, the first 20 ladies to RSVP will receive a gift.