It’s More Than A Store
I have mentioned the Running Room in several of my posts through out the year. There is a reason it is not called the Running Store, as it is so much more than a store. To me, the Running Room is a community of people that truly care about one another, coupled with the passion of running. A meeting place where friendships are formed and a place where like minded bond to reach a common goal.
This past week, the location I run out of, had a Grand Re-opening and it was the first time I had been to the store for Wednesday night run club since my accident. I had so many approach me to ask how I was feeling or how my recovery was coming along. Then there were a number of people that had not heard about the accident and were surprised that I was even out for the event. As I made my way around the store, it was interesting to hear all the conversations about what was happening in each others lives. People were asking about how someone was feeling, what their holiday plans were, or how their training was coming along. You could hear how genuine people were with their inquiries which is so rare these days.
This sense of community that the Running Room has, starts from the top down. John Stanton, the founder of the Running Room was in attendance for the Grand Re-opening. I was so amazed to see him interact with so many people, knowing so many by name, if he did not remember a persons name, he would remember what their last race was and ask how it went.
John Staton Founder of the Running Room Photo by Ian Hunter
The Running Room helps organize so many runs across Canada that benefit local charities or community programs. The Running Room involvement in these runs brings awareness to these causes that helps benefit our communities on so many levels.
When most stores have a grand opening, it is to promote the store and make a lot of money off of sales, not the Running Room. The Running Run takes this opportunity to celebrate running and helping a worth while cause. On this night, the benefactor was the Salvation Army where money raised, stays in the community. In less than two hours, runners deposited $1,137 into the iconic Salvation Army Kettle, great for the Salvation Army, great for our community.
Photo by Ian Hunter
Photo By Sean Maddox
Now, do not get me wrong, the Running Room is not a non-profit company. By building a sense of community and being a great corporate citizen, the Running Room will be a great Canadian success story for many years to come. I am proud to be associated with such a great company by being part of one of their clinics, a group leader and hopefully some time in the near future, a clinic coach.
Until next time……We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging.” Patch Adams