March 16, 2020
Fleet Feet Tulsa/Broken Arrow Family:
Just like all of you, we have spent the past week thinking about and responding to the COVID-19 crisis and how we can best protect the health and well-being of our community and our business at the same time. Needless to say, this is the stuff they don’t teach you in business school. Our goal is to PUT PEOPLE FIRST, be it our customers, employees, race participants and the general public. Our business is all about PEOPLE and bringing them together to celebrate in the activities we all love – running, walking, and fitness. This crisis which was so hard to even image a few months ago is testing us on all levels. But what comforts us is the knowledge of the strength and resilience of our community. We runners and walkers are a tough breed. We will get through this and we will overcome. And we will all support each other just like we always have.
As of today, all three of our stores are open for business. We have and will continue to follow all advice from the health professionals regarding best practices and are also following all mandates from our local and state authorities. We have had to postpone two of our races (T-Town Half Marathon and Lucky Ducky 5k) to a later May date and are currently reviewing plans for additional events that may be impacted (Golden Driller Marathon and Rooster Days Run). If you are a registered participant in those events look for further communication from us in the near future. We have implemented modified processes for our training programs to adopt best practices for social distancing and we are following all CDC guidelines. Please be patient as we have a lot on our plates right now as we work through these multiple and layered issues.
The situation continues to evolve and so will we. We are particularly concerned about our employees who rely on us to make ends meet. There is no doubt that times are tough and getting ready to be tougher on all small businesses. We are not unique in our struggles in this difficult time. We need your support more than ever. We are committed to taking care of our employees through this crisis so they can pay their bills and not be harmed, and to act in a way that ensures they have a workplace to return to once all the dust settles. We will stand in the gap and fill the hole until our local and national leaders’ step to the plate and do their part to help small businesses in a meaningful way. How we will accomplish this is uncertain, but we will.
Ways you can support us now:
As a family-owned business, nothing is more important than the well-being and safety of our entire community. We appreciate your continued support and know that we will all get through this together.
Tim & Lori Dreiling