Strides Running Store takes great pride in sponsoring events, getting out into our communities and helping local causes and charities. In 2013, Strides has been involved in over a dozen local events and races. Store owner, Jeremy Deere, not only contributes to many of these events by providing prizes, he also joins many of the organizing committees, offering his race organizing experience and providing advice, in order to help make these races and events the best they can be.
Used shoe donations
Thank you to the many Strides customers who have generously donated their used running shoes over the past 8 years. An estimated 500 pairs of running shoes per year are donated to CUPS (Calgary Urban Projects Society) and the Mustard Seed. As well, many pairs of shoes are waiting to be shipped to Kenya through local marathoner Benard Onsare. Used shoe donations can be dropped in the bin at the front of the store.
Spikes for local high school
Strides donated 15 pairs track spikes to Father Lacombe High School in 2013 to help under-privileged athletes to experience the joy of Track & Field.
Original St. Patrick's Day Road Race
For the past 7 years, Strides has been the proud running store sponsor of the Original St. Patrick's Day Road Race organized by the Calgary Roadrunners Club, raising funds for Team Diabetes and CRR. Jeremy, Michelle Simonin (a Strides coach) and Bryon Benn (who works part-time at Strides) all sit on the organizing committee for this race, which has grown from a low of 600 participants to over 1100 and has raised over $70,000 since Strides became a sponsor.
Team MitoCanada at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
Since the creation of the MitoCanada Foundation in 2009, Strides has provided support in any way possible - through the sale of Team Mito gear at the store, to sourcing shirts for various Team Mito events & races, to providing silent auction items for fundraising initiatives. In spring 2013, MitoCanada founder and president, Blaine Penny, came up with the idea of attempting a Guinness World Record for the fastest 'linked' marathon as a means of raising awareness for mitochondrial disease and funds for MitoCanada. Strides owner, Jeremy Deere, took an active role in organizing the initial Guinness World Record submission and recruiting the team members. The efforts paid off, as the ten-man 'Making Strides Towards a Mito Cure' team set a new Guinness World Record for a linked marathon, running 2:55:24. More importantly, the record attempt gained national media attention, raising much awareness of mitochondrial disease and bringing in over $136,000 in donations, over $40,000 of which was raised by the ten-man linked team (including Strides' Jeremy Deere).
Stampede Road Race
Jeremy and Michelle are joined by Alan Cooper (a key Strides employee) and two other local runners who organize the Stampede Road Race, which takes place annually on the first Sunday of Stampede. This race raises funds for local children's charities including the Pediatric Obesity Foundation, KidSport Calgary, the Girl Guides of Canada and Renfrew Education, among others. In only 5 years, the Stampede Road Race Society has donated over $63,000 to charity.
Rock the House Run
Two years ago, Strides was approached by the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta about becoming a sponsor of the Rock the House Run and helping with race logistics. The ownership group at Strides readily agreed, recognizing the importance of RMHSA in Calgary and area and the great service they provide for out-of-town families with kids at the Alberta Children's Hospital. In just two short years, the Rock the House Run has over doubled in size from under 700 participants to over 1500 this year! Additionally, the 2013 Run has raised over $260,000 for the RMHSA, exceeding the record total from 2012. We are thrilled to continue this partnership into 2014 and beyond, raising funds for a great cause!
Numerous silent auctions and local fundraisers have benefited from the donations made by Strides Running Store.