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1 Mile Road Race Celebrates “Lucky” Seventh Year

We’re getting pumped for lucky 7th anniversary of the Go! Mile – one lap, one mile, one fast little race – this Saturday, June 17th! The gun sounds for the first race at 7am at the Clinton Presidential Center. The Go! Mile is the state’s only sanctioned one-mile race. This event is a Central Arkansas favorite because it’s an easy entry into running for novices, a family fun event and there’s a great amount of crowd excitement. Fellow runners, friends, and families are encouraged to hang out and cheer on their favorite runners.

“Go! Mile running festival is not just for seasoned runners”, explains Gary Taylor, Go! Mile Race Director and Go! Running owner. “We have something for everyone, and with seven different heats it’s a race for the whole family – whether you’re an experienced runner or brand new to the sport. In fact, we welcome and celebrate first-time runners with their very own heat – The CHI St. Vincent First Mile. The excitement explodes when the elite heat runs; it’s rare that you get to see nationally ranked athletes run close to a 4- minute mile.”

Why Run the Go! Mile? 

A Race for Everyone in the Family – Beginning with The First Mile for first time racers, to 4 Age Group races just for mom, one for dad, for brother/sister, friends AND the little “mini- mile” for kids… Everyone in the family can run and watch each other compete.

High-Energy Atmosphere – Races go off very 20 minutes, so someone is always starting and finishing! The course is spectator-friendly with clear views of the whole mile race. Easily move from the starter’s gun to the finish line in minutes.

Exciting Elite Race Mile – Where else can you go to watch truly elite runners race? Excitement and speed build, as we end the heats with the fastest race of the day. Elite runners are coming from all over country. Prize money is awarded to the top 3 Male and Female finishers, so the race is indeed competitive!

The Kid’s Mini Mile – A fun run that celebrates and encourages fitness for kids 9 and under. The run is just 1⁄2 mile, and part of the adult Mile course, so participants will experience the same excitement of the finish line as the adult runners. All finishers of the Mini Mile receive a special kid appropriate award.

7 Heats – Starting Every 20 Minutes 

The Go! Mile is an exciting chip-timed, one-mile road race – rare on both points. This one-mile course provides runners with a fast and fun race experience. Races include: The First Mile for novice runners of any age, open men’s and women’s races, an elite mile race and a kid’s mini-mile for ages 9 and under. Just like the feel of a real track race, there is a gun start, times are called out at the quarter mile, the halfway mark has a clock and a bell is rung to signify the last quarter mile to go.

Register Now! 

Signed up yet? The 7-heat event is open to all levels of competitors and includes a “mini-mile” for kids only. Entry costs are affordable too: $20 to enter (with t-shirt is $35). Kid’s Mini-Mile entry is only $5, OR, FREE with you have a Go! Mile Adult registration. So the family is truly encouraged to join in. Runners can register online at www.gorunning.com/gomile, and www.arkansasrunner.com, or visit Go! Running in the Heights, 1819 N. Grant St, Little Rock. 501-663-6800. Registration will also be available at the Packet Pick Up: Friday, June 16th at Go! Running 10-6, and race morning at the course on Saturday, June 17th at 6am.

Race Benefits The Winston Penn Wardlaw Scholarship Fund 

The Go! Mile proceeds will benefit the Winston Penn Wardlaw Scholarship Fund to help young men from every walk of life have the same outstanding opportunity to attend Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas as Win did. Win Wardlaw was someone who truly gave so much of himself, and was actively involved in serving others and giving back. He embodied the community spirit of Go! Running. We are proud to donate the proceeds of this event to such a great cause.

After the Race, Take your Victory Lap! 

Each runner will receive a wristband in their race packet. Wear and show your wristband at participating businesses and get special offers on entertainment, restaurants and shops in the area, just for running the race. Downtown Little Rock is rolling out the welcome mat, offering a family stay and play ‘Victory Lap Pass’ that includes savings and experiences at the Clinton Library, Museum of Discovery, Arkansas Arts Center, ESSE Purse Museum, Capital Hotel, Lost 40 Brewery, Boulevard Bread Company, and more.

The Victory Lap Pass

Special Thanks to the Little Rock Marathon for their on-going support. And BIG thanks to our sponsors.

Fun in the sun at Summer Runner Camp

This morning at 6 a.m., women runners from around Little Rock gathered at Go! Running for our 2nd annual Go! Summer Runner Camp. We had a great time today with a fun and awesome group of women and hope you can join us this summer for the next 7 weeks. The camp is for ladies only and the best part is that it’s FREE! Our group will meet every Tuesday at 6 a.m. until July 25th. There are still spots available. Come join us!

Be a Happy Camper all summer long.

The event was so amazing last year, that we decided to make it an annual event. Each morning, you can talk other women and the camp counselors. There’s always a little morning motivation, runners talking shop, and maybe even a little coffee before we hit the road. And, each week, we discuss a different topic that will help improve your running. Then we go for a 30 minute walk/run where we have different routes mapped out where you can pick a 2, 3, or 4 mile route. We hope you can join us this summer. Summer Runner Camp is a great place to share tips and meet other women runners in the community. Last year, campers left camp with greater running insight, new friends, and an enhanced love for the sport!

Hang out with our awesome camp counselors. 

Our Awesome Camp Counselors include Meghan Lewis, Erin Taylor, Cortney Sexton, Lisa Perk, Monica Richie, Wendy Holzkinecht, Erin Brunner,  Kelly Wilson, Amanda Williams  & Krystal Watkins. We caught up with a few of the camp counselors to see what they had to say about the event last year and their hopes for this year.

Meghan Lewis “Last year we had some good summer fun with great girls. I love getting together with other women in the Little Rock running community. I always learn something new, even as a counselor. I can’t wait to see everyone again this year and meet all the new runners.”

Erin Taylor “I am constantly amazed and  encouraged by all these amazing women who strive to live a healthier life and help others do the same.”

Kelly Wilson “I was a camper last year and this was my first group experience with running.  Look at me now – Camp Counselor!  I Love getting out with all the other women and hope my experience can help them grow.”

What to Expect:

  • Quick Morning
  • Topic of the day
  • :30 min of exercise (walking, running or a little of both!) – we have routes & fun mapped out
  • Tech product specials
  • Stay and stretch out or do yoga!
  • Grab some coffee and head out for a great day!
  • Run/walk 2,3 or 4 mile routes

 

Reserve your spot in the sun. 

We hope you can join the fun at our Go! Summer Runner Camp. We can’t wait to get out there and sweat with some of the best women around. We are planing a lot of fun stuff for Camp this year. Camp lasts for eight weeks and starts on Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at Go! Running. Camp is free, but there are limited spots available. Call or Email today to register and reserve your spot. Meghan@gorunning.com 663-6800

Twice the fun.

If you want to get an extra run in during the week, join our running community on Thursdays at Go! Running at 6 p.m. for a run/walk. You are also invited to join us for National Running Day on Wednesday, June 7th at 6 a.m. at Murray Park. And, our best event of the year, the Go! Mile, is coming up next Saturday, June 17th at 7 a.m. at the Clinton Library. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

 

Go! Running with Michael Harmon

As we celebrate our 7th Anniversary, we took a look back at some of the people who have been with us from Day 1.  One of those true “been there from the start” friends was Michael. I look back and can see his smiling, cheeky self popping up at our grand opening, and on our original weekly run (Tuesday for a short period of time), at packet picks ups and special events.  And before we knew it, we were hooked and had to get to know him better. He quickly went from ‘Customer’ to ‘Customer Service’, working for us part time and joining in full steam ahead with the Go! Family. If you’ve been to one of our weekly “Thursday” runs, or any Grand Prix race, you’ve probably met Michael. He’s an attorney by trade and a runner at heart. What has always amazed me about Michael, is that he is truly liked by everyone. Just speak to any trail runner, marathon maniac, road runner warrior, AURA member, track trekker and more. He has a very welcoming way about him and can relate to both the novice and the experienced runner alike. So we thought it fitting, to sit down with Michael for a chat, and here’s what he had to say about running and his life on the road.

What are your hobbies, outside of your professional life?

Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling, gardening, beekeeping, and acting.  When I’m not injured, I try to run at least three times a week.  Tuesdays at the track with the fast people (I’m the slow one.). Thursdays at Go! Running or at home when work keeps me from Go!  Sundays at Scott Field.   Spring and summer will find me tootling around in the garden trying to do my best to raise garlic, tomatoes, peppers, okra, and eggplant.  It’s good to get the hands dirty  I have two beehives of honeybees but have yet to figure out how to get honey.  I love the theater and occasionally be found acting a fool on one of the several theaters in Little Rock.  Support local theater!  Between all those hobbies, I’m always busy.  Lastly, but probably most importantly, I’m ‘Gary The Dog’s’ human. 

Why did you start running?

I got started running when I was approaching one of those milestone birthdays.  A friend of mine said he was going to run a marathon, which caused me to think i could do that.  Well, he ran the marathon.  I bailed and ran the half.  I decided then and there that people who ran marathons were insane.  I only ran 13.1 miles and felt like l had been run over by a steamroller.  So, naturally, I ran the marathon the next year.  During the training for the marathon, I met Michelle Rupp.  She was my running buddy and motivator during the training.  Thanks to her, I was able to finish the marathon and was hooked.  Since then, I have finished at least 35 marathons (I lost count) and 3 – 50Ks.  I travel with work two to four times per year and usually try to find a race during my travels.

What’s your favorite thing about working with Go! Running?   The people.  The people who come to the store, the people who work at the store, and the people who own the store.  I love getting to visit with the people who walk in the door, finding about their goals, and helping them with their goals.  Working at Go! is great because it’s not like going to work, it’s like going to the hangout with running friends and socialize.  Everybody has a story.

What three words describe your running?  Slow.  Slower.  Slowest.  

Do you have any quirky habits while running?  If it’s anything longer than a 400m run, I will be point-running.  I will pick out a point to run as hard as I can as fast as I can.  Then catch my breath, walk, and repeat the point run.  One day, I’ll be able to put these points together and not stop during a race. 

Finish this sentence.  I won’t run outside when it’s storming.  I don’t mess with lightning, though I thoroughly enjoy a great thunderstorm.  Anybody up to chasing tornados?

What was your best run ever?  My best run ever was at the 2009 Seattle Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Seattle, Washington.  It was my birthday.  It was a PR.  I haven’t come close to that time since.

What’s your favorite race and why?  Cossatot River Trail Half Marathon at Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, Arkansas.  This race takes place in October, usually when the leaves are showing a brilliant display of orange, gold, and red. The race starts at the north end of the park and follows a single-track trail along the beautiful Cossatot River.   The single-track trail meanders along the river and crosses the river before hitting the hills above the Cossatot Falls.  The Cossatot River, by the way, is the only place in Arkansas that has Class IV or V rapids when the water is high.  Otherwise, the rapids are rated Class II or III.  The changing color of leaves, the trails, the sights of the river, and the sound of the falls, all make this race my favorite.   

What do you love most about running?  The socialization. Running may be an individual sport, but it is definitely a social sport.

What is a goal you have for your runnning?  My goal, as it has been for the last six years, is to run the Go! Mile in 6:59.99

If you would like to meet Michael, we invite you to stop by and chat with him on a thursday night and the rest of the Go! family. We welcome runners and walkers from all paces and walks of life. Come and be part of our running/walking community. Remember, every run begins with Go!

Lucky 7 Anniversary

2010. The iPad was invented, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, the iPhone 4 came out, and Go! Running opened for business. We’ve been blessed to be part of this amazing running community for 7 years, so this month, we are celebrating with some special events.

CELEBRATION WEEK:

MAY 15 – 21st. Celebrate with us All Week Long!

Look on our Facebook for special deals and fun events.

AND… SAVE THE DATES:

This Thursday, May 18th6pm. We’re having a cookout at our weekly Thursday Night Community Run. All paces and distances. The run starts at 6pm at Go! Running – and then stay to join in BBQfest with music, refreshments and more. 

This Sunday, May 23rd8am. BoyScout Trail. We’ll end our 7th the celebration week with a Sunday trail run and breakfast. All paces and distances. Easy trail and lots of fun.

Tuesday, May 23rd, we will conclude our Lucky 7 celebrations with National Lucky Penny Day. See a lucky penny, pick it up and all the day you could have good luck… AND win some great prizes!!

We hope you can make it out to one or all of these events, to help us celebrate. 

PROUD OF WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED – TOGETHER.

Hope you’ve been able to be part of it all.

Over the years, we have been proud to support local runners, community races, and healthy living. We love our running community and enjoy being there for you, every step of the way. We cherish each and every one of you, from the new walker, to the beginner runner, to the high school athlete, to the Olympic hopeful. And, most of all, we have a lot of fun!

Here are some events that have been a staple at Go! over the years:

Thursday Night Run. 6pm every Thursday nights are fun at Go! Running. We meet at the store and then go on a community run. Every week, no matter what.

Go! Run Natural. Every Sunday morning, we get together as a community and go on a morning trail run. Every week, the trail is different. If you want to join us on Sunday, check out our Go! Run Natural Facebook Group page.

Go! Summer Runner Camp. Last year we started this 8 week summer camp for women runners. This is year #2. Join us!  This is a wonderful event for women to enhance their running skills and grow with other women in our running community. It starts Tuesday June 6th and lasts 8 weeks.

Go! Mile. The Go! Mile is a great community run that is for everyone and there are 7 heats to choose from. From kids, to beginners, to the pro, you don’t want to miss this annual event at the President Clinton Library.

Go!bbler Turkey Trot. This run is the undisputed best way to start your Thanksgiving and has become quite the tradition in our community. There are options to run 3, 4, or 6.5 miles and the best part is, we help donate thousands of pounds of food to the local food bank. In 2016, with this amazing communities help, we were able to donate enough food to feed 12,000 meals. Can you believe it?

EVEN MORE FAVORITES – LIFE IF GOOD.

A Great Big Thank you for allowing Go! Running to be part of your lives and part of your events and things that matter.

In addition to these wonderful events, we have other favorites, such as national running day, run at school day, Christmas heroes of the season, shoe recycling, diva night, red nose day, and more! We are lucky to have such a wonderful community who attend all our favorite events and customers and friends who have been with us since the beginning. After all, it’s all about our community and all about you. We want you to run at your fullest potential and can help you along in your journey. From personalized shoe fitting, to gait analysis, to apparel and accessories, we want you to move comfortably and feel confident on your run. And, we would love for you to stop by, join our community, and see what Go! Running is all about.

The best is yet to come.

Go! Run the trails of Arkansas

Our Go! Run family loves to get off the trail and Go! Run natural. Our state is so beautiful, so why not get out and enjoy it? There is just something about running through the woods, enjoying the scenery, and breathing the fresh air. Something about it makes you feel like the only person in the world. Plus, trail running helps with your balance and endurance.

There is a big trail running community here in the state of Arkansas. We wanted to explore some of the trails in our beautiful state, so we asked our Go! Run family what their favorite trail is and why. Here is what each of them had to say:

Gary:  Lake Sylvia 132/132C loop. I love that it is so “runnable” and finishes with a smooth 3 mile downhill, oh, and let’s not forget the views!

Erin: Ouachita trail, lake Maumelle spillway section. I love the spillway, it’s great fun taking the dogs here, there are some quaint wooden walkways and you can access the lake easily.

Michael: Cossatot River Trail. This is my favorite trail to run especially in the fall – with the changing colors, cool temperatures, and beautiful views of the river and falls!

Jeremy: Sylamore trails. The views are so beautiful and the terrain varies from “runnable” to technical and challenging climbs and descents.

Stacey: Hobbs State Park. I love these trails, they are so well maintained plus it’s so close to a number of great coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and museums for your entertainment pleasure after a run!

Greg: Allsopp Park trails. They are in town and close by, but when you’re on the trails it’s like being out in a forest.

Meghan: The section of the Ouachita Trail from highway 9 east to highway 10. It’s magical – with challenging climbs, “runnable” flat sections, creek crossings, wooden bridges, lush greens and beautiful views.

Michelle: Pfeiffer Trail. So i’m usually a road girl, but I love the Pfeiffer loop because it is like a mini forest getaway so close to the River Trail and Big Dam Bridge!

Cortney: The Back 40 – 20 mile loop.  So I have run many miles on the road, but trails are a new thing for me. I chose the Back 40 because it was so very challenging and new to me and knowing that I could do it was a cool feeling!

Join our running community for a weekly trail run every Sunday at 8 a.m. The details are posted on our Go! Run Natural Facebook Group. And, tell us what trail is your favorite!

Go! Running with Cami the Shop Dog

Cami is often at Go! Running, greeting customers, being petted, and sitting on kids laps. We thought this must be a really cool life for a dog, so we sat down with her over a bag of treats to find out.

How long have you worked at Go! Running?

I found Gary at CARE a little over 4 years ago. He clearly needed a companion, so I thought I’d let him be my human.  Ever since then, we come into the shop together about 3 or 4 days a week.

What’s your favorite thing about coming to the store?

Well, Meghan and Cortney are always hugging me, and that’s nice, but when the UPS guy comes in he gives me treats! Then I get to sit with people who pet me while they try on shoes.  When they’re not looking, I walk off with the cardboard packing from the shoes, rip it up, and make a really cool mess.

Then sometimes, we walk around to the other shops in the Heights neighborhood.  I love Fuller and Sons because they always have Bacon Strip treats for me. So does Relyance Bank.  I snag a few after doing tricks for them.  But I miss my brother Milo during the day, so when I get home we chase each other around the yard to say Hi.

We hear you like to carry things around all the time. Like what?

I’m most famous for bringing socks to people.  When the door chimes, I run over to the try-on sock bin, grab a pair, then bring them to the new customer.  When I give them a little (love) grumble growl, some of them figure out they’re supposed to pull on the socks. Sometimes when we have kids in the store, Gary blows up a balloon and I get to take it out to the little boy or girl.  They love it, but the mom’s make this funny “awww” sound.

What’s your favorite thing about being a dog? 

What, me? A dog?!

What do you love to do when you’re not at the store?

Usually in the mornings, we all go for a long walk or run. Sometimes I have to wake up Gary to remind him it’s time to go.  Then we’re off to a trail somewhere, and I get to chase squirrels, swim and just run through the woods. My favorite though is when Gary runs with me.  We go a lot further and I get to smell and see so much more.

Yes, I have a great life and love seeing all our Go! friends . . . . . . Ummm, are you going to eat that last treat?

If you would like to meet Cami, we would love for you to stop by and hang out with her and the rest of the Go! family. We welcome runners and walkers from all paces and walks of life. Come and be part of our running/walking community. Remember, every run begins with Go!

 

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