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Uncertainty surrounds us. It’s easy to get distracted and angry; to let negativity and fear set the tone for our days. It’s easy to let our resolutions fade away when we lose our sense of purpose AND our connection to our community.
In these unprecedented times, I challenge you to fight the urge to be complacent, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally. Focus on things that you can control. Create a positive mindset because positivity is contagious (in a good way!). Do something bold.
Usually, the second week of January is when we launch our training programs and see a rise in people joining our weekly CommUNITY runs. But this year, those programs are all on hiatus so we had to get creative. Creative…and bold!
One of our favorite shirts says "We Run This Town". This year, we're literally going to do just that - and we invite you to join in the fun. Yes, we are going to run/walk EVERY street in West Hartford during the course of 2021 - that’s over 600 streets covering 230 miles!
Beginning Friday, January 15 (and each subsequent Friday), West Hartford native and Fleet Feet staffer Tommy O’Gorman will send an email to all registered participants with the route of the week, highlighting the neighborhood and any interesting facts or sites in the area.
You can run/walk the route whenever is best for you, even splitting the route up over a couple of days - though Tommy will host a staggered-start, mask-mandatory meet-up on Saturday mornings at 8:30am for those interested in run/walking in a socially-distanced group. Weekly mileage will be 4-5 miles. You can choose to complete the route all at once or over the course of the week.
It will take about 50-weeks to complete this task. If you miss a week, no worries – you can make it up on your own. Our goal is to finish by December 31, 2021 and we’re really hoping we can host a large un-socially distanced celebration when we complete that last street!
This program is free - just provide your email to sign-up - but there will be a cool shirt that you may purchase (all proceeds from the shirts will be donated to the West Hartford food pantry).
Click HERE to sign-up!