Go Far Run Group

September Newsletter

Welcome to September, Go Far!

Before we knew it, summer changed to fall and so begins peak training season. We can’t wait to see all that our Go Farians accomplish this fall/winter! With Fall finally upon us, we are going to start focusing on our biggest effort of the year, our Fall Shoe Drive.

Our Fall Shoe Drive will be kicking off November 1 and will be ending in December, and we need YOUR help. We are asking for Go Farians to donate any old athletic shoes, athletic clothing, or hydration to our cause this year, which is “Mission Atletica”, which donates athletic gear to those in need throughout Guatemala. I have worked with the founder, Edgar, in the past and he has close connections to his hometown in Guatemala and he personally delivers these shoes to those in need.

Not only do we need help in donations, we also need help in volunteering. Stanton has been working hard and has secured two HUGE opportunities for us to collect donations, one at the Berkeley Half Marathon and another with the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. We will also have a couple other races throughout November that we are asking for your help on. We will definitely need a majority of our volunteers for the Turkey Trot and the Berkeley Half. These are the dates we are looking for volunteers on:

November 8 – Brazen Racing’s Mt. Diablo Trail Run

November 20, 21 – Berkeley Half Marathon Packet Pick Up

November 26 – Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

December 12 – Summit Rock

Please respond directly to this email if you are interested in volunteering for any of these dates. We appreciate your help immensely. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you goes out to Stanton, who has headed this drive for the past couple of years and has really grown it into an incredible program that we are very proud of at Go Far. We are looking forward to another successful year, and thank you in advance for your help and donations!

As far as upcoming news and events, we will be having a Labor Day Run this Monday at 7AM so you can get your run in before your day of BBQ’ing and adventuring! Hope you join us! It is at our usual location in the Pruneyard at Coffee Society.

Our Beginner Run Group on Tuesday nights is continuing on strong! We are welcoming all beginner runners and walkers to this group, and we hope you share the message of healthy living with your friends and family and invite them to check this Meetup! It is a very welcoming environment that encourages runners and walkers alike to get out and get active. We have a training plan built that ends in a 10K, but if you know someone who might not be ready for the mileage recommended encourage them to still come out! The course is an out and back which makes it really easy to modify your mileage. We have had some great new faces coming out Tuesday nights, and a huge thank you to Mike B. for heading up this program and growing it to what it is now!

We also have a great opportunity for any triathletes out there! We have gotten some samples of Triglide for triathletes, and those samples are available to check out on our Wednesday night speed workouts. Thank you to SBR Sports for hooking us up with not only these samples but some other goodies you can check out at speedwork. For more info on these products, visit their website at http://www.sbrsportsinc.com/.

Finally, we have quite a few Go Farians who are going to be running the California International Marathon this year, and so we want to get a good group together to go up and cheer them on! The date is December 6 and we will be driving up that morning. I want to get a huge cheer squad going not only for our Go Farians, but for all the runners out there! The theme will be “PIRATE SHIP”, so come dressed and ready to yell ARRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! We have a Meetup up for this, so RSVP on Meetup!

Finally, I am starting a little project for our holiday party. Could all of you send me the following:

– A photo with a clear picture of your face

– Your favorite photo of yourself while running

– Your favorite Go Far photo

Send to m.newell831@gmail.com

You can definitely send more than 1 each of the above! Thanks in advance!

That’s it for this month! Thank you Go Far, and we can’t wait to see you at our events this month!

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