Season 3 Kick-Off Event

By: @_vinny44

By: @_vinny44

A little history… I took an opportunity to run a marathon for charity and turned it into a dope running crew. 10 years ago I complete a 26.2 mile race for Nike Womens. All I wanted after that was to run with my friends and share what life changing experience I just had. So my friends and I started going by the Running Divas. Along with social media many people started to ask to join our crew. What crew?! It was just me and my girls going on runs in the city. We opened up our group to the world and formed Concrete Runners ‘To inspire and motivate the lifestyle of running’. My goal was to put my city on the map - as the urban running crew of SF. What an awesome turn out!

By: @_vinny44

By: @_vinny44

We’ve tripled in size in just 3 seasons. In the last month we planned for a run/bbq for about 100 people. By the day of our event we had 215 RSVP’s. Thank you all for making our event EPIC. Goal met.  

- by @iamarlynn, Founder

By: @_vinny44

By: @_vinny44

Being season 1, I've seen CR grow each year, each season, new runners join and it has gotten bigger and bigger! Each CRew Family has given me new inspiration, new runs to do, and CR has risen to the top each time. This event was like a family reunion! Not only do we run together, I got to run Golden Gate Bridge again with CR! The Food was great, catching up with everyone is always awesome! Running across the bridge, I tried to high five everyone running back, and even the Police Officer gave me a high five 😂 But I can't thank Jessica Peregrino enough for sharing this great group of inspirational runners. Love u Jess! Loving the CRew!

-        by Marie, Season 1

Photos by Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Photos by Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Season 3 kickoff of the Concrete Runners was an awesome event. It was great to finally meet all those that was part of the crew and get a run in with them. The route itself was great for all level of runners and had beautiful views before, across, and the end of the golden gate bridge. After the run, there was a delicious spread of food to refuel our muscles after and chat at the end. CR had some amazing sponsors for the event as well, one of my favorites was frozen kuhsterds! Looking forward to all future events and rep CR proud, thanks again for having me be part of the CRew.

-  by @gpkhem, Season 3

The Concrete Runners Season 3 kick off was such a success! Our Season 3 kick off was not just to welcome our CR3 members, but also for the OG’s, Season 1 and Season 2 to celebrate another great year of running! I remember coming to the Concrete Runners season 2 kick off a year ago, not really knowing anyone. Looking back then to now, it is amazing to see how much Concrete Runners has GROWN and also to reflect how much we’ve accomplished as a CRew. We have quality and quantity. I’ve grown with the family from me being a newbie, to now becoming such an active member who built true friendships with everyone. Concrete Runners is a true family and I will always continue to encourage others to join us!

-        by IMizzSAMANTHA, Season 2

Photoby Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Photoby Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Team building + miles on miles + good food + great company = CR3-KO. The CRew keeps gets strong AND STRONGER. This collective of strengths and miles to show the world how we lace up and stomp concrete because WE RUN SF/BAYAREA. I been with CR since CR1 back in 2014 and can testify that this team has been inspirational to all levels of runners. The exponential growth of our team has exceeded beyond my expectations and to have a turn out of approximately ~200 was AWESOME. I am taken back and in awe to share like interests of races, running, workouts, running routes, miles, and stylish running outfits with these amazing people. We are such a fun bunch and we are the best in expressing our way of making cardio fun. I mean, who loves cardio anyways? Apparently, WE DO! Welcome CR3 members to the CRew. Good to see CR2, CR1, and OGs. Missing a few but we kept them in our thoughts and miles.

-        by Jane, Season 1

By: @_vinny44

By: @_vinny44

I am grateful to have found this group since 2015 and had became a member of CR season 2. Even though I did not run with the CRew during CR3 kickoff event, I came bearing with my infamous mint chocolate brownies as a recovery snack for the runners. I had such an awesome time catching up with fellow runners or meeting new people who are interested in running. Overall, the event was organized, interactive, full of positive vibes, and they had lots of good food! I cannot wait for next year's event! Thank you Concrete Runners!

-        by Oanh Tran, Season 2

Photo by Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Photo by Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

On Saturday, we celebrated our Season 3 kick off for the Concrete Runners. As most of you already know, it just started off as a bunch of friends that started doing marathons/half marathons together, somewhat jokingly calling ourselves Running Divas. We eventually evolved into Concrete Runners and are now on Season 3! Looking back at the evolution, it is so amazing and exciting. I can't wait to see what's next. I got there quite early with the rest of the OGs and set up crew, around 7am. we set up the tables and organized ourselves for the event. people steadily rolled in starting at about 730/45ish am. We had people register as they came and we started off our event at about 830am. We had our kick off speech by Janice (my sister) and Clarice from Muscle Milk said a few words too. Abel led our stretches and we were off for our run. Ws always we trailed off in pace groups so people could be with others that ran roughly around their pace. Our run was a 6 mile loop that included a run across the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. It was a little cold but nothing unbearable, especially once we warmed up from our run. the clouds were minimal so the sights were clear and gorgeous. We had about 127+ people check in -- plenty of food, chit-chat and laughter filled the park. I got to see folks from all 3 seasons, meet some of the new crew, and welcome those that aren't officially Concrete ...yet! I'd say it was a pretty good event. I can't wait to for another event with Season 3.

- by melopez28, OG

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The first official event of CR Season 3 and there was so much energy and excitement. Loved the support and motivation everyone was giving each other through high-fives during the six mile run over the Golden Gate Bridge. The pacers were great and checked in with us to make sure we were all doing good during the run. It was my fiance's first CR event and he thought it was great that so many people showed up to run together. Wish we could've stayed after the run but it was a fun kickoff and can't wait to see what's to come for Season 3!

- by @cathyow, Season 3

Photo by Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Photo by Neil Yuzon @ionbackwards

Together, we conquered 6 miles of awesomeness. Season 3 kick off with the CRew was a hit! I always miss out on the events since moving back to NYC, but not this time!! Yet again, I was welcomed with open arms and so much love. I was ecstatic to see old faces and many new ones. We talked, we laughed, and most of all shared our love of running. Yummy eats were brought by all of us and we gathered together after our run for a BBQ. I've been truly humbled by all the support they give and even though I'm across the country now, the distance does not come in between us. If you're ever in the Bay Area and want to run with CR, they will do nothing but inspire and motivate you. So please, join us for a run!! You'll be happy you did. Thank you to our sponsors Muscle Milk, Perfect Bar, Icelandic Glacial, Frozen Kuhsterd, and Clearly Kombucha for keeping us fueled and hydrated! Our photographers Neil Yuzon and Alvin Castillo, thank you for the amazing photography!! Hope to see you all on the concrete. 

 - by MaryAnn, Season 3