When women from all over the world come to your hometown to run the streets for a race, what do you do? You run with them! That’s exactly what happened on the Friday before the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. The Concrete Runners crew capitalized on this collaboration opportunity and invited ladies from all corners of the globe for a shake out run.
Since one of the major collaborators was Roco Runs from Israel, believe that the run included plenty of photo stops and poses. We started off by meeting at NikeTown SF and stepped across the street for a huge group photo. It was so awesome meeting the different ladies and hearing about where they came from. Take the BuKızlar Nereye Koşuyor crew, for instance. These ladies, coming from Turkey and Istanbul, shared that their crew name means something along the lines of “Where are these girls running to?”…and this day it was the SF streets! I love how they brought along the GoPro. I hope to see that footage one day.
Before a warm intro from Concrete Runners team captain Jess, we all put our hands in for a team “WE RUN SF!” We’ve all been using that hashtag for weeks, even months, so it felt so good to all say it together….and then do it!
We ran towards the Embarcadero and ferry building and then eventually ended up running down a pier for a major photo opportunity with the Bay Bridge. This gave us plenty of time to pose for plenty of photos and also get to know some of the other ladies. I met some gals from the Netherlands, France, and even Hong Kong.
The ladies from Hong Kong were actually from the crew, Harbour Runners, and just so happens they know the mates from Food & Lycra in London. What a small world! But when we all share the same love of running, it doesn’t surprise me one bit.
It was so surreal standing on that pier on our home turf surrounded by all these lovely ladies who all share the same passion. The Concrete Runners did a fabulous job hosting, so we had to take some flicks to celebrate!
The weather was gorgeous, and we were surrounded by two scenic views of San Francisco landmarks: the Bay Bridge and the TransAmerica building. What a great place to show these out of town guests!
After we ran towards North Beach and brought it back to Nike SF for a few more photos. The total run was almost 3 miles, and even though it was short and sweet, it was plenty of time to get us ready for the race by racking in some miles and making some new friends. Now, whenever we venture off to different parts of the world, we can call on these ladies to show us a running tour of their city.