I have been running a long time. Over the past 20 years I have purchased countless numbers of running shoes. The same goes for Alan. Shoes used for running have a limited lifespan. After 300-500 miles they are pretty much history. The insoles break down, the tread wears, and, if you don’t retire them from running, you may be on the road to an injury. That is why most runners have a multitude of shoes laying around, too good to throw away, not good to run in.
But what if there was a place those old shoes could go? A place where they are needed, would be appreciated. Where they could do some good?
I recently learned about a new company called KindRunner, which is launching June 1. Runners will be able to earn “Kindness Cash Rewards” for every pair of used running shoes they send to KindRunner. In turn, your old shoes are given to their donation partners, including Soles 4 Souls and the More Foundation Group to be repurposed and given to someone who needs them. Your old shoes may not last another long run, but they would go the distance in changing someone’s life for the better.
As a coach, I always tell my runners that they should go to a running store, where they can talk to a real “shoe guy,” be evaluated by someone who knows how to assess a runner’s needs, and select the right shoe for them, regardless of brand, style, color, or “coolness.”
The folks behind KindRunner are a group of runners with over 40 years combined in the running shoe business. With the opening of KindRunner, they plan to bring the personalized service and knowledge of a local running store at your fingertips online. No one has done this before!
They also know that there are millions of running shoes that go into the trash every year. They felt they had an opportunity to help do something better with these shoes by helping people who really need them. And they feel that you, the runner, should be rewarded for helping too. Hence, the “Kindness Cash Rewards.”
KindRunner also has a free three-way shipping program. There is no charge for shipping. Ever. The video below will tell you a little more about the company and their mission.
While KindRunner officially launches on June 1, you can head over to their website now and enter for a chance to win free running shoes for a year (3 pairs) for you and your running partner! They also have a Facebook contest: For every 500 “likes” KindRunner will give away a pair of shoes for one friend and their running partner (make sure your running partner “likes’ KindRunner too).
I was really excited that KindRunner invited me to be an Ambassador! In that role, I will do product reviews, share news about the opening and keep you up to date on KindRunner. Of course, all opinions are my own.
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Isn’t this exciting? A whole new concept in online running stores! What do you think about KindRunner?