I have a few too many of my own pairs of running shoes at home. And, sadly, after I took this picture I realized I have more. To put this in perspective: 18 months ago I had just ONE pair of running shoes. So for all of you runners who have been running for 5, 10 or 20 years -how many more must you all have?
Most runners will replace their shoes every 350 to 400 miles. For a lot of runners, this means burning through a few pairs a year. When runners stop wearing shoes, it is because they don't fit right, they are starting to cause knee pain on long runs or something similar. However, that doesn't mean they can't be put to good use as casual shoes. Give Your Sole is collecting shoes at the Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and on the days beforehand. Shoes will be donated to the Gateway Center, which helps homeless individuals in the Atlanta area.
Here's where you can donate shoes next weekend:
--13.1 Marathon® packet pick-up at the West Stride store located at 3517 Northside Parkway on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
-- Town Brookhaven LA Fitness on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
--At the race itself on Sunday, October 7th. Anyone who donates their shoes on race day can take home a free pair of flip flops.
|My ready to be washed and donated shoes|
Not in Atlanta? No worries. Give Your Sole will be collecting shoes at several different races in the future, so check HERE to see if they are coming to a race near you.
So...not signed up to run the Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® next weekend? Here's your chance for a free last-minute race! Just leave me a comment on my Facebook page HERE letting me know that you want to be entered for free entry. I'll pick two winners at random on Sunday night at midnight EST!
If you're not quite ready for the half marathon, join in on the 5k "Beat the Bear" sponsored by Karhu. The first ten runners who beats the guy dressed up in the giant bear costume (he'll be pretty easy to spot, I can assume) will get a free pair of Karhu shoes.
What do you do with your old running shoes?
Previously? Nothing. I've always wanted to do something with them, but I didn't know how to go about donating them. (Read: too lazy to figure it out)
What charities are most important to you?
It's hard to pick one - mostly because then you aren't picking thousands more. Ones that I feel most connected include the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Amnesty International and Habit for Humanity. Also, any commercial where animals look sad. I can't NOT cry when Sarah McLachlan starts to sing in that animal rescue one.