CR Season 2

Concrete Runners in 2015

Thank you to everyone who turned in their miles and race info for 2015.  There were a total of 35 surveys submitted.  We have turned that data into this infographic for you to share and show off what your CRew did last year....and it helped us to come up with our 2016 mileage goal. 

That's right, we want to run 30,000 miles as a collective CRew this year.  

If you really want to break it down, that means we need just 60 of the CRew to do 500 miles.  With the average number of miles being 465, we think this goal will be met with ease.  And with a few of our members hitting the 1000 club in 2015 (shoutout Khattab, MaryAnn, and Nicole), it might be a little easier for all of us if some go above and beyond.

 

Can you do 500 miles in 2016?

Concrete Meet: Fleet Feet Nike Flash Run

The Concrete Runners recently held a flash run with Fleet Feet. It was an awesome turn out with lots of new faces too. I thought it was even more awesome that I got my coworkers to come out and attend. I mean, there's no better feeling than getting someone to try to something new and LOVING it. My coworkers were able to use their trial shoes since they did not have their own, which was nice. I believe it's great that the store provides that service. The route was short and sweet, nothing unbearable and the weather was ideal! What was even better was all the goodie treats that the store provided the attendees!

- Mo, Season 2

Brett Lamb and his entire team at Fleet Feet Sports San Francisco was awesome as always. They surprised us with Concrete Runners cupcakes and raffled off Nike flash hats, Nike vest and even a pair of Nike Flash sneakers. I absolutely love partnering up with Fleet Feet Sports.

- @iamarlynn, Founder

If you know me, then you know I love the flash life.  Anything reflective, I just got to have it.  So when Fleet Feet and the Concrete Runners teamed up for a Flash Run through San Francisco, I was super excited to bust out my gear and make my appearance. 

Keep in mind that I had just run a FULL MARATHON on Sunday.  Weirdly enough, my legs felt perfectly fine and I was ready to run again.  I threw on my USA Olympics 3M jacket that I picked up at Foot Patrol in London, my Nike Flash hat that I got from NTC+ LA, and my reflective Concrete Runners gear and took a bart ride to downtown SF.  There were so many delays due- hey, it’s the holiday season- but I showed up a few minutes late…and was so shocked!

Inside Fleet Feet were HELLA runners!  I made my rounds to say hello to the crew as Fleet Feet and my fellow Concrete Runners team captain Jessica were welcoming the group to the run.  It was great to see everyone all together, rockin’ their latest reflective gear, and ready to RUN! 

Part of the run included a contest for the raffle.  We had to use the hashtag #NikeFlashRunSF, which meant I was going to be posting lots of pics during the route.  We took off and I pushed myself to run in the 9:00 min/mile pace group.  Jhoanne, Season 3 Concrete Runner, also was in the same pace group as me. 

Our pacers from Fleet Feet were super energized, and they led us through a 3 mile route through Union Square and down the Embarcadero.  This gave us a perfect chance to make some stops at the Christmas trees for photo opportunities and to post on Instagram. 

I was almost dying when we returned, but I made it!  We were welcomed to cupcakes featuring Fleet Feet and Concrete Runners.  That was a big surprise to us but we absolutely loved it.  If that wasn’t enough, Fleet Feet also hooked it up with naughty or nice punch (I took the naughty).

We couldn’t leave without taking plenty of group photos.  I also had the chance to buy the new Nike Pegasus Solstice shoe, the Concrete Runners crew shoe for Season 3. 

This flash run was the perfect way to close out the running year for the Concrete Runners.  We had a flash run last year before the holidays as well, but this time, as our crew gets bigger, we had an even bigger and better experience, thanks to the folks at Fleet Feet. 

- Tiffany, Co-Captain


Concrete in the Community: Black RUNday and Coat Drive

After a Thanksgiving holiday, sometimes all you want to do is RUN off all that turkey.  We kept the tradition again this year by hosting another Concrete Meet at the San Leandro Marina Park.  Since this is the season of giving, we had to continue our work in the community by also holding a coat drive.  Our runners came through with bags and bags of coats, which we donated to One Warm Coat.  It was a great way to get together, help those in need, and also burn some calories!

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Black RunDay was my first Concrete Runners event since joining Season 3. It was nice to finally meet the CRew and they were all so welcoming. Everyone was motivating and encouraging each other during the run, which was really helpful since it was such a cold morning. They were also hosting a coat drive and it was great to see how generous everyone was with all the bags and bags of coats that were being donated. Love that we could all get together for a run and make a difference at the same time! Can't wait to see what's in store for Season 3!

- Cathy, Season 3

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I didn’t know what to expect...out of the 45+ that were there at this event, I only knew 2 people. I drove up and was immediately greeted by Reina, while I was still in my car. Who does that? She did and that was very awesome and kind of her to do. From there, homie handshakes and hugs were given left to right and it really felt like I knew everyone. EVERY.SINGLE.PERSON was (and still is) very welcoming, much like a family gathering! During my run, I ran by myself, just at my own pace. At the last mile, I was running towards a handful of fellow CR who were running towards the finish area. This is what I remember the most, "go Max! You can do it! Great job, keep pushing! You got this!" ...all that while HI-5's were being slapped around. Totally pushed me and just made me feel great! This was a very memorable, exciting, fun event and run with the CR Fam and truly am looking forward to the next one.

-      Skooter / @max.eats, Season 3

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It was my first black RUNday with Concrete Runners & it was such a great experience to give back to the community with coats especially with how the weather is now. Although it was really cold out and I was battling a cough, I still did what I could to run. The support of my fellow runners kept me going until I couldn't anymore. It was so nice to meet all the new concrete runners & reunite with everyone there after the Thanksgiving holiday. This is one of many moments that I enjoy with this CRew!

 

-      Loree, @itsloreeeee



Concrete in the Community: Friendsgiving Canned Food Drive

As a running CRew, we usually get together to RUN, or even work out and train, but the real team-building comes when we connect outside of the running world and come together for a greater cause.

For this year's Friendsgiving, we met up at Dirty Habit in SF for a happy hour, but since it's approaching the holiday season, we wanted our runners to give back to the community.  CRew came through with canned food, which we collected and dropped off to the Cutlery for their food drive for the San Francisco Marin Food Bank.  

This event also gave us a chance to meet and greet some of our new Season 3 members, as well as catch up with our CRew!



Concrete Meet: Fleet Feet 5k Fun Run

Tonight, a chance meeting that happened over a year and a half ago came full circle.

One morning, Brett Lamb, owner of Fleet Feet Sports SF, was out with his son bright and early to reserve a picnic table at Crissy Field’s West Bluff area.  It just so happened that the Concrete Runners were there, also, reserving tables.  As Brett waited for his friends and family to arrive, his curiosity peaked as he saw this group setting up their event.  He decided to wander over and see what they were up to.  It was the Concrete Runners Season 1 Kick-Off event.  He was amazed by what the group was pulling off.  After that he started following the Concrete Runners on social media, interested in seeing where this group was heading for the future. 

As Brett told us this story, it wasn’t until today that I realized that this is how he came to know the Concrete Runners, which made tonight’s event even more special.

Concrete Runners is thankful for Fleet Feet hosting a fun 5k run, with fantastic hospitality from beginning to end.  The night started with welcoming us into to their new store before they open to the public, then warm-up stretches in the beautiful Yerba Buena Park, onto a perfect night for a 5k run.  The evening ended with a private happy hour space reserved at Marriott Hotel Bin 55 for all of us to hang out & enjoy drinks... And let's not forget the awesome Nike Concrete Runners x Fleet Feet Nike running hats they gave to each runner…

Thank you Fleet Feet Sports and their SF team! Good luck on your grand opening next week!!
By @iamarlynn, Concrete Runners Founder

Before the run!

Before the run!

Concrete Runners x Fleet Feet Hats

Concrete Runners x Fleet Feet Hats

 

Warming up at Yerba Buena Gardens

Warming up at Yerba Buena Gardens

The fun run with Fleet Feet was so fun!  We started out in their new shop and it was so exciting to see so many Nike hats for our runners with the CR and Fleet Feet logos on them.  We started off with a stretch in Yerba Buena Gardens and then ran to the Embarcadero, AT&T Park, and then back to the shop.  After, we grabbed our hats and headed over to the Marriott for our private happy hour.  It was so nice to mingle with the crew, our guests, and our new family at Fleet Feet.  Thank you so much for running with us, we can't wait for what's next!
- By Tiffany @artiffact, Concrete Runners Co-Captain

On the run. 

On the run. 

 I LOVE how runners from all over the Bay Area can come together for a common goal to run together! It's absolutely amazing to be inspired by people who I just met and wouldn't have met otherwise. The encouragement and the love was felt throughout the evening.
- by Jane, Concrete Runners guest

At the Fleet Feet Happy Hour! 

At the Fleet Feet Happy Hour! 

 I had such a great time at the Concrete Runners x Fleet Feet SF 5K run! I didn't know what to expect because this was one of my first runs to do with Concrete that isn't a race. Even though I didn't have the best run to date, the atmosphere of the people around me definitely helped me finished strong. Knowing these group of people for only a few months, I've never felt such a welcoming environment since college.

Seeing Fleet Feet SF was a bonus as well as the private lounge with drinks at the end and the sweet Nike hats that they had made as a surprise for us. It always feels good to share these types experience with this crew. Thank you Concrete Runners for putting on this event with Fleet Feet SF! I couldn't think of a better way to start off my birthday week!
- By Loree Rose, Concrete Runners guest