We are fortunate to have built our lives around running and the running community, and feel equally lucky to have a business that enables us to give back – not only to runners, walkers, and triathletes, but to the causes they serve and the greater community. We’re particularly proud of a few initiatives:
School / Youth Program Outreach
A healthy lifestyle starts early. Youth fitness programs can provide the building blocks for future athletic success, but more important, for lifelong wellness. We proudly support local elementary school fitness and running initiatives, the DC and NOVA chapters of the Girls on the Run Program, and local high school teams. Our staff frequently visit and share knowledge with youth programs, and we often work with coaches not only to offer fundraising and team-building events but also to help defray costs for athletes from families needing a little extra assistance.
We have partnered with Got Sneakers to donate gently used running shoes. Through their shoe recycling efforts, Got Sneakers has stopped 75 million pounds of C02 from entering the atmosphere. So far, Got Sneakers has recycled and reused 2.5 million pairs of shoes! Next time you stop in for new shoes, bring your old ones and we will add them to our Got Sneakers recycling box!
Support for Charity Fundraising Programs Implemented Through Running
We proudly support and contribute to over 200 area road races, and have launched our own non-profit company, =PR= Events, Inc., to put on several more. These events benefit charitable causes – from nationally recognized charities to more locally relevant school fundraisers. In addition, =PR= owners and staff share their knowledge and experience with participants in a variety of charity fundraising race training programs, serving as volunteer coaches, seminar leaders, and more.