Running Crews- A History

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Mike Saes captured by Akira Ruiz

With the global explosion of running crews, it seems like there’s a Bridge the Gap event most weekends. With this expansion the message can be diluted, and the origins and reasons behind the movement can be lost in the mists of time. Mike Saes is the godfather of crew running, as sure as Afrika Bambaataa is the godfather of hip hop. One of the commandments of hip hop is that you pay respect to those who paved the way. To quote Saes, “It came from gang culture to boogie crews, popping crews, b-boy crews and now it’s running crews. It’s the same exact hip hop energy which we find through running.” Continue reading “Running Crews- A History”

Bridge Runners in New York City

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Last night I finally got to run with the legendary Bridge Runners in New York and it completely lived up to my very high expectations. Bridge Runners are the original foundation running crew. Legend has it that founder Mike Saes was late to pick his kids up from school one day and was caught in traffic in a taxi. He realised he’d be quicker on foot, so hopped out of the taxi and ran across the bridge, making it in time to pick up his kids. He got such an endorphin high from the run that he’s been running ever since.  Continue reading “Bridge Runners in New York City”

New York State of Mind

Sometimes when you least expect it the things you’ve been searching for come searching for you.

This week I found out I’ve qualified to run the New York Marathon. When I ran 1:24:17 at the Berlin Half Marathon last year, New York was the last thing on my mind. It was Mother’s Day, and as I ran I was thinking about the strength and love of the woman who brought me into the world. I was over the moon with my new PB, and that, I thought, was the end of that…

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