“We are kicking off the running season with the Michiana Running Festival and offering our No Boundaries Couch to 5K training program and weekly social runs through the rest of the year. We really want to give people in this area many reasons to get stay active and healthy.” Brett Albers, Fleet Feet Mishawaka
MISHAWAKA, IN—Fleet Feet Mishawaka is putting its best shoe forward as we approach the running season. From a
running festival to group training, owner Brett Albers is ready to bring together the running and almost-running community.
“A big theme for Fleet Feet Sports in 2017 is our focus on building a community around health and fitness,” Brett said. “We are kicking off the running season with the Michiana Running Festival and offering our No Boundaries Couch to 5K training program and weekly social runs through the rest of the year. We really want to give people in this area many reasons to get stay active and healthy.”
Michiana Running Festival
Kicking off the season will be the first-ever Michiana Running Festival staged in the Outpost Center parking lot in front of the Fleet Feet store.
“We are planning a race expo without the race,” Brett said. Vendors and area partners will have booths set up. Instead of a race, however, there will be ongoing demo runs to test out shoes. Visitors will be able to put a few miles on a pair of shoes to see how they really feel. Raffle prizes, including gift cards to the store and other local businesses, will be given throughout the day. This open-to-the-community, all-day festival, will kick start the training season.
No Boundaries 5K training
No Boundaries 5K training participants range from those who want to leave behind an inactive lifestyle or have never run or walked a 5K to those who are ready to take their running a bit more seriously. The eight- to 10-week training program provides a weekly workout schedule where participants train as a group twice a week and run from various locations around Mishawaka and South Bend like the Riverwalk and Notre Dame. The
program cost is $100.
April 1 will kick off training for the goal race for the Sunburst 5K on Saturday, June 3 in South Bend.
June 10 is the start date for LOGAN’s Run training on Aug. 5 on the Notre Dame campus.
A third No Boundaries training will begin later in the summer to train for the Frightening 5K in Bristol, IN.
Celebrate Global Running Day
The first Wednesday of June each year celebrates Global Running Day. For 2017, Fleet Feet Sports is hosting a nationwide 5K run/walk from each of their 160-plus stores on June 7. The cool thing is that Fleet Feet will be combining and sharing results of all the 5Ks run that day. Stay tuned to the Fleet Feet Mishawaka website—fleetfeetmishawaka.com— for upcoming details.
Wednesday Night Social Runs
You might see 20, you might see 50 or more at the weekly Wednesday Night Social Runs sponsored by Fleet Feet and led by Christopher Schenkel. The runs begin at 6:30, rain or shine, and go year-round—so jump on in! The 5K route starts at O’Rourke’s and runs through the Notre Dame campus. Make it a demo run in a pair of shoes you have been questioning and post-run, enjoy discounts on food from O’Rourke’s and a little social time.
“You’ll feel welcome no matter what kind of runner you are,” said Chris. “We see a wide range coming out, anywhere from a seven-minute to 13-minute mile.” It is a social outing, so plan to introduce and be introduced!
In January, Fleet Feet introduced Fit Club, a chance to work out free to the popular Beachbody programs including P90X, INSANITY, TurboFire, and the latest release, COR DE FORCE. Bring some water, a mat and a friend.
For more information on all these Fleet Feet activities go to fleetfeetmishawaka.com and the Fleet Feet Mishawaka Facebook page.