Running is a pretty “green” sport right? We use our legs, feet, and a pair of shoes to travel wherever we choose to go that day. When I moved to the city back in May of 2009, I ditched my car and decided to bike, run, walk, BART, and Muni around town to save the headache of parking and traffic. So far, I don’t have a bike, so my daily commute is either a bus or my two feet. Lately, as the days have gotten longer and sunnier (approaching summer!), I’ve gotten into running home from work.
So for Earth Day, why not run TO work? It was a pretty simple idea, we packed up gear in our new San Francisco Marathon Backpacks (they’re perfect for commuting- tons of pockets for shoes, laptops, waterbottles, etc) and decided to leave our houses at 8AM sharp. When I walked out my door, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day. The sun was shining down as I made my way to Kezar Stadium (where we have our Training Program Track Workouts), through Golden Gate Park, up through the Richmond and Presidio, and then weaving my way through Pacific Heights to the office. I bumped into a few runners along my way, giving a woman in San Francisco Marathon 2007 Race Shirt a free race registration– she seemed pretty surprised by my offer. I gave out the rest of the gear to runners who all looked equally as surprised that I was running around with a backpack of free stuff, but I think I had the most fun giving it all away.
The most fun part was seeing our Twitter and Facebook feeds come in on my phone as I ran. A bunch of our fans/followers were inspired to run to work, saying “Thanks for the Challenge”. Laura from Sacramento ran 7.5 miles to work and posted these pics of the run:
Blake took the challenge all weekend, biking, running, and conquering all kinds of weather before finally “rescuing the gas guzzler” on Sunday.
Here’s what a few of the staff had to say about the run:
“On Earth Day, I did one of my favorite runs: I started at Pacific Heights, then down to Crissy Field / Marina Green, through Fort Mason, and back up to Russian Hill. This delightful course gave me the chance to enjoy trees, sand, fields, fresh air and more natural wonders. I stopped several runners along the way and handed out SF Marathon goodies. One of the runners was an Entrepreneur who started an eco-friendly company. We bonded over fitness and going green. What a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day!”