Greatest night ever. Run Summit recap.
-Saturday, November 17th | 7:00pm | Boston, MA
For the first time ever, under one roof, and with little knowledge of what to expect, running clubs representing the Greater Boston area converged on the W Boston Hotel with swagger and bling’d out dresses. The inaugural BOSRUN:Club Summit went off without a hitch. First to arrive on the scene, Marie-Claude Lamothe and Community Running. Bob, Jim, and the Thirsty Irish Runners were close behind. In total, the Summit was represented well by 8 running clubs including:
ZOOM Multisport | Hub Running Club | Level Renner’s Level Legion | Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners | TMIRCE:BOS | TMIRCE:NYC
With runners of like mindset ready to party, we danced to the musical stylings of Bearfight, Boston’s premier cover band. The night was sprinkled lightly with raffles from local restaraunts, Brooks, Mizuno, Vibram, City Sports, and a touch of epic grand prize from New Balance Reach the Beach Relay. Special congratulations to ZOOM Multisport and Community Running, winners of the grand prize, team entry into New Balance RTB:MA, who will be competing for the the Summit Cup, presented to the winning running club who attended the Run Summit. If your club attended the Run Summit, you can sign up for this years race to compete for the cup as well – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This is my eighth year living in Boston, and my sixth year as a runner. Being part of a club, a group, a tribe, has been the motivation I needed to continue running. But it was the social interaction that hooked me into the sport. Boston is one of the greatest running cities I’ve ever lived in. We all know the Charles river loops like the back of our hands. But as runners with devotion to our clubs, we sometimes forget that we’re all doing the same thing. We all love the same thing. Our clubs, while different in their own regards, are continually trying to bring people together under a modified philosophy of our commonistic love, running. The elephant in the room is, yes, we do compete with one another on many levels. But that’s what makes running in Boston so great. When we shed our shells, in the end, we’re all runners, and what’s good for the one is good for the many. Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke of this in 2008 as the philosophical concept, Ubuntu. ” We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”
So next time you line up at the starting line of a race, look to you left and then to your right and try to beat the pants of that person as they may be trying to do the same thing as you. But more importantly, don’t forget to meet them when you cross the finish line and shake their hand, offer them a beer, or invite them to check out your club because we’re all in this together.
See you next year. BOSRUN:Club Summit 2013 | Saturday, November 23rd