I love being involved in the sport of running because it's all about striving to be "more" tomorrow than we are today. To be more healthy; to enjoy more time with our friends; to be more relaxed; to be more of the person we dream of being. Running is an outward manifestation of so many positive thoughts and emotions. I am inspired each and every day by those that are brave enough to take on the challenge to be more.
Over the past few months, as the coach of FLEET FEET's Boston Marathon training program, I have been blessed to work with an amazing group of people. Each member of our team committed themselves to train for the Boston Marathon, the world's most prestigious marathon. Those who had already qualified for the race at an earlier marathon trained hard to excel in this past Monday’s race. Those who had not yet run the required time for entry into Boston trained hard to run a qualifying time at a spring marathon so they could toe the line at next year's race.
This Monday, our group of qualified runners toed the line at the 117th running of Boston. Some achieved their goals and some missed, but they all can be proud of being more on Monday than they were when we first met this winter. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them for pursuing their dreams. Thank you for an incredible ride.
That should be the end of the article...but it’s not. The tragedy that hit Boston will be in the headline for weeks. A senseless act of cowardice marred a day to celebrate so many dedicated individuals. My initial reactions of outrage and anger still boil just below the surface. But as a runner, I know I must start putting that next foot in front of the other. Sitting back in fear or lashing out indiscriminately in anger only exacerbates an already tragic situation. As runners, there is one thing we should be called to do... run. We must run together and prove to those that seek to attack our pursuit of excellence that our fraternity is stronger than theirs. We run in part because it's about community. We run in part to let loose our anger and frustration. We run in part because we aspire to be more, not less. We run because it is what we are called to do.
FLEET FEET Sports to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary
by Opening a Fourth Location
New Des Peres location will include a Training Center and Retail Store
ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI, MARCH 4th, 2013 – Twenty years after opening their first FLEET FEET Sports store, owners David and Debby Spetnagel are proudly announcing the upcoming opening of their fourth location. On or about April 12th, 2013, FLEET FEET Des Peres will join their stores in Chesterfield, Fenton and St. Charles in serving the runners and walkers of the St. Louis area.
In addition to being a fourth retail location, FLEET FEET Des Peres will serve as home of the FLEET FEET Training Center. Since 2006, FLEET FEET’s training groups have helped thousands of St. Louisans improve their health by introducing them to walking or running and assisted thousands more in achieving their racing goals. Training Director Brandi Barbre reports, “The opening of the FLEET FEET Training Center will allow us to offer specialty classes to members of our training programs and others who are looking to supplement their running and walking regimens with workouts specifically designed for the endurance athlete. FLEET FEET Des Peres will also host state-of-the-art fitness assessments, seminars, ‘Doctor On Call’ events, and various other educational and community gatherings.”
Des Peres was chosen, in general, because of its centralized location. “The Training Center is intended not just for those who shop at FLEET FEET Des Peres,” explains David. “It was critical that the Training Center’s location be convenient and recognizable. No spot in St. Louis better meets that definition than the I-270/Manchester intersection.“ Des Peres Commons, in particular, was chosen because of its community feel and collection of health-oriented tenants. “It was a good fit,” says David, “and we know all about a good fit!”
FLEET FEET Des Peres will be located at 11731 Manchester Road, Des Peres, Missouri, 63131. The Des Peres Commons strip mall is located on Manchester Road one mile east of I-270. Two of the most visible tenants are Terra and The Daily Bread. All FLEET FEET stores and divisions can be reached at 855-LUV-2-RUN.
About FLEET FEET Sports:
FLEET FEET Sports specializes in providing the runners and walkers of St. Louis with equipment that meets their individual needs, group training that helps them reach their goals, and racing opportunities that satisfy their competitive spirit. FLEET FEET Sports opened in 1993 and is locally owned and operated by David and Debby Spetnagel. For more information about FLEET FEET Sports, visit www.fleetfeetstl.com or call 855-LUV-2-RUN.
A group of seven FLEET FEET Training Team coaches and a few additional friends has just disembarked from the latest Caribbean Islands Marathon Cruise (CIMC), which was hosted by the husband and wife team of John "The Penguin" Bingham and Jenny Hadfield. John and Jenny own Marathon Expeditions. Their CIMC is a very unique cruising experience. Over the course of the vacation the cruisers participate in four events whose cumulative distance totals 13.1 or 26.2 miles.
"Team FLEET FEET" not only enjoyed the unique Caribbean runs, themselves, but also used the miles to absolve themselves of guilt when enjoying the excellent cruise cuisine. The attached photo shows (from left to right) team members Laura Pini, Ken Pini, Gary Koenig, Vicki Koenig, Tiffany Hemann, Amy Rodrigues, Julie Michael, and Roblyn Hatch.
Here is how the hosts described the organized runs:
Monday - Stage 1 - St. Thomas 5K/10K - A hilly but beautiful Magen's Bay race. Magen’s Bay Beach is one of the world’s top ten most beautiful beaches. You will run/walk along the hills of the Petersborg Peninsula and earn a spectacular view along the way. This is a challenging course, but well worth it. Plus, the finish line is at one of the world's most beautiful beaches so you can call it an excursion, bring your suit, rent kayaks, paddle boards or snorkeling gear and make it a great day at the beach (there are places to change and eat/drink at the beach).
Tuesday - Stage 2 - St. Kitts 5K/10K - A traditional Hash House Harrier race. We like to include a variety of fun ways to run and walk and this event will not disappoint! It will be hosted by the St. Kitts Hash House Harriers. This will be part race, part scavenger hunt - and all fun! Along the way you will explore the beautiful island in a unconventional way.
Wednesday - 2K Deck Run/Walk - Not an official part of the race, but a great way to get in a short distance and keep the legs loose.
Thursday - Stage 3 - Aruba 6K/12K - A flat, fast course that runs along the magnificent beaches of Aruba and through a special crown jewel. The start/finish area is located on the pristine beaches of Aruba!
Friday - Stage 4 - Curacao 4K/8K - An amazing costume race. The final event and one that will take you through the heart of the historic centre in Willemstadm, the capital city of Curacao - while in (optional) costume. You'll run/walk with a buddy in our version of the Amazing Race. Last year's costumes included pirates, Minnie Mouse, some Tu Tu's, and grass skirts. This event starts and finishes within feet of the ship's dock. Once you finish the event you can head back to the ship, go on an excursion or hang around and cheer everyone in!
Pastor Corey Brooks and his team of walkers from the organization Helping Others Obtain Destiny (HOOD) gave us a pleasant surprise visit at our St. Charles FLEET FEET store on Tuesday, July 31st. They stopped in our store for new shoes and apparel to wear during their ongoing walk across the country. They started walking June 5th in New York City and hope to finish in Los Angeles in late September. Throughout this journey they have visited multiple FLEET FEET stores and received special support from FLEET FEET Chicago store, their home town. When he left our store, we were confident Pastor Brooks was ready to go in his new Brooks Beasts - and his Facebook page reports he has made it well into Oklahoma!
HOOD was founded with the objective to raise money to stop violence and simulate peace within Chicago South Side communities. The objective of this walk is to bring attention to the violence that is not only in Chicago but in urban communities all across America. In addition to raising awareness, HOOD will raise money to build a Community and Economic Development Center on the south side of Chicago. If you have interest in making a donation or joining the group that is walking, please review the website at www.projecthood.org. This is quite an energizing group of individuals with an important mission ahead of them!
You earned those medals. Now it’s time to show them off! We just brought in several styles of sleek medal display racks that make it easy to parade your race bling in all its glory. The medal hangers are easily mounted on a wall and proudly declare “Marathon,” “I Run These Towns,” or “Run Like A Girl.” Each hanger holds up to 24 race medals.
Every runner knows it’s all about the hardware. Now it’s time to show it!
Race Medal Hangers (styles vary): $44.99
The St. Louis Rams, Competitor Group, Inc. and FLEET FEET Sports are excited to announce the creation of a new 7K (4.3 mile) running event to kickoff the 2012 NFL season. The race will take place on Sunday, September 9. A portion of the proceeds from the run will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.
“We’re excited to introduce this inaugural event as we celebrate the kickoff of the 2012 NFL regular season,” said Brian Killingsworth, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for the St. Louis Rams. “The 7K will allow us to engage our fans, promote health and wellness and benefit a tremendous charity. We’re looking forward to a successful event for the St. Louis community.”
The race will finish inside the Edward Jones Dome at the 50 yard line. Each race participant will receive a ticket to one of three Rams games of their choice including: the Washington Redskins on Sept. 16, the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 30, or the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 4. All participants will also receive a “Rams 7K” technical running shirt as well as the opportunity to purchase additional Rams game tickets at an exclusive discounted rate. The event will also include a NFL ‘Play 60’ half mile fun run for kids.
“This partnership with the St. Louis Rams will unite both runners and football fans, and we look forward to welcoming participants of all abilities,” said Scott Dickey, CEO of CGI, which locally operates the TASK Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by the Quinn Family Charitable Fund. “This new 7K will help further root fans with their favorite football team and get them involved in an active way to celebrate the official start of the 2012 NFL season in September.”
Let's show the NFL that St. Louis supports our Rams! Register today at http://www.nflrunseries.com/rams/. For $60, you'll experience a great race that finishes inside the Dome on the 50 yard line, receive a Nike Dri-Fit tee sporting the Rams logo, and get a ticket to a Rams game.
Congrats to our summer No Boundaries class, which graduated at Sunday's Opening Act 5K! It's been an amazing journey watching you progress from your first mile to completing your 5K goal race. Keep it going and keep each other going!
If you want to follow the example set by these newly-christened athletes or take the next steps towards becoming a life-long athlete, register for one of our fall training programs today!
Fall 5K, 10K, and (NEW!) Turkey Trot Training Programs!
We’re all about OPTIONS! Let FLEET FEET help you train for the Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run 5K, Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run 10K, or the Chesterfield Turkey Trot! By popular demand, we’ve added new locations and new races to give you more training choices than ever before. The only question now is Which race are you going to run?
No Boundaries 5K Fenton (Begins August 22nd)
A 10-week program designed for beginner runners and walkers. Professional coaching, pacing, training schedules, and group support will ready team members for the Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run 5K in October!
Learn more or Register for FENTON Program!
No Boundaries 5K Chesterfield (Begins September 19th)
A 10-week program designed for beginner runners and walkers. Professional coaching, pacing, training schedules, and group support will ready team members for the Chesterfield Turkey Trot in November!
Learn more or Register for CHESTERFIELD Program!
Momentum 10K St. Charles (Begins August 21st)
A 10-week program designed for intermediate runners who want to improve their overall distance and race times. Professional coaching, pacing, training schedules, and group support will ready team members for the Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run 10K in October!
Learn more or Register Now!
For the past 14 years athletes from all over the country and from all over the world have gathered at Lake Placid, New York to swim 2.4 miles in Mirror Lake, Bike 112 miles through the White face mountains and run, walk and/or crawl 26.2 miles around the Olympic village and surrounding areas to be called an Ironman.
In the July 22nd, 2012 race there where around 2800 hopes and dreams laid on the line, with hours and hours and of training and commitment before hand to complete this event.Many completed the long journey and many fell short of success.
One constant is Bev Ofsthun, for the past 14 years she has stood on the starting line in Lake Placid after months of hard training and committment and laid her hopes and dreams on the line. Yesterday she completed her 14th Lake Placid Ironman. The only women out of all that have come to Lake Placid to complete this streak.
I still remember visiting with after she did her 1st race and how excited she was about it, now 14 Lake Placid Ironmans later and watching her cross the finish line keeping the streak alive was cool. Having been friends with Bev all these years, I know it has not been an easy journey for her to get to the line each and every year, as with everyone there have been set backs and redos over the years. But she always found a way to make it to the starting line and finish what she started.
To give you some idea of how much effort this took over the past 14 years. 2.4 mile swim x 14 = 33.6 miles swam, 112 mile bike x 14 =1568 miles biked and 26.2 mile marathon x 14 = 366.8 miles of running,walking and/or crawling. Keep in mind this is just racing miles. not total miles of training for the past 14 years to get to the line. Along with this she has quite a few other Iroman race locations to her resume. (Editor's note: Bev has also shared her physical and motivational talents by serving as a coach for the FLEET FEET Training Team.)
To reward her for the streak, Ironman gave her free entry in to next years Lake Placid event. With Ironman there is nothing free about it; it takes alot of hard work,commitment and dedication.
She has 362 days to heal up and get ready to put her hopes and dreams on the line for a 15th time. I put my money on Bev. She will be there next year making it happen and keeping the streak alive.
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.
The St. Louis Ambassadors of Rock and FLEET FEET Sports will be helping host a MeetUp group run at the Forest Park Visitors Center at 6pm. Wear a FLEET FEET top to the run and Amanda will have of goodie for you. She'll be the one with the metallic silver hair blasting the music. If you're on Facebook, visit the event page and let her know you'll be there. Ambassadors Tracy and Jane will be raffling off some prizes, as well.
Whether or not you make it down to the group run, the hosts of the TASK Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon want to help you declare your commitment to running on National Running Day. On June 6th only, you can save $20 on your entry into October 21st's Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis - or any other Rock 'n' Roll event. Visit runrocknroll.competitor.com/national-running-day to take advantage of this deep discount offer.
By the way, I added the handwritten text to the official National Running Day logo posted above. I run because I feel at home around other runners. Let us know why you run by commenting on this article or commenting on our National Running Day Facebook post.
FLEET FEET Sports and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are no strangers to each other. For years, CFF was the benefiting charity of the Lewis & Clark Marathon & ½ Marathon, and now continue to realize this support through Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis. In return, CFF has been integral in providing volunteers for each event, never batting an eye when called to help tens of thousands of runners and walkers achieve their personal goals on race day.
Today, we are pleased to announce an additional partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the FLEET FEET Training Team: Team CF, a new charity run program that will help raise money for the fight against this disease that affects 70,000 children and adults across the U.S. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
More on Team CF
Whether you are an expert fundraiser and want to learn to run a marathon or you are an avid runner and want to fundraiser for the first time, they will be your support network every step of the way.
It's simple. Join Team CF and achieve your personal fitness goals while raising awareness and funds in pursuit of a cure for those living with this chronic disease.
Team CF Benefits Include:
- Training provided by Fleet Feet Training Team
- Welcome Kit
- Exclusive Team CF racing singlet
- Prizes for your fundraising efforts
- Camaraderie and support from fellow Team CF Members