Footprints Newsletter / November 14th 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays!  A holiday - starting off with a Turkey Trot where ever you are in the world.  Here in our hometown, a run down Delaware Avenue with 14,000 of your fellow runners.  An opportunity to run with friends and family.  I have been part of this holiday tradition for almost 30 years - running with my best buddies and always telling them how thankful I am to have them in my life.  The race ends and we move on on to celebrating the day with friends at the post race event or other various locations around town - toasting the run and the start of the holiday season!  Hope to see many of you on the roads on Turkey Day!
Thanksgiving also gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the people and things in our lives that make us happy and thankful.  So, we want to talk about the things we are thankful for here at Fleet Feet Sports.  Our amazing team - a group of dedicated, enthusiastic FIT professionals totally focused on helping all of you meet your fitness goals.  Our loyal customers - we are thankful everyday for your support of our mission - to influence health, fitness and movement in our community.  Our vendor partners - there for all of us everyday with product, training tools and knowledge.  Our medical partners - providing resources to help get runners back out on the roads.  
As we rush into the holiday season, there are so many fun, informative and exciting events at Fleet Feet Sports - vendor sponsored group runs, shoe launches, holiday shopping events, Small Business Saturday and more.  Check out all the details in FootPrints and get them on your calendar.  Give back to the community with donations to our Annual Food Drive and earn Personal Rewards points for every donation you make.  Be sure to fit us into your busy holiday schedules - we guarantee you will have fun!
Fleet Feet Sports announced a big new race event coming to Buffalo the night of our wildly crazy Diva Night and then on Facebook.  We want to share details with all of you right here in FootPrints.
Dan has been working with the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission to bring national race series to Western New York.  These events add value to our community - large, fun, new events for runners of all levels, participants coming into Buffalo and visiting our hotels, restaurants, and shops.  Events that have a social and economic impact on our community.  The Color Run hit town this past August with 10,000 participants in its first running.  And The Color Run is back and committed for 2014.  Now we have another national race series coming to town in 2014!
We are thrilled to partner with The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon/5K coming to Buffalo on 8/31/14 (the Sunday of Labor Day weekend).  The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K will replace the Fleet Feet 15K-Run into Buffalo which has run on Labor Day for 7 years.  We want to thank everyone who has been part of the Fleet Feet 15K for supporting the race and our initiative - Shoes on Students.

What will not change is Fleet Feet Sports commitment to our community and Shoes on Students (SOS)!   A donation from The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K will benefit Shoes on Students and continue to provide new training shoes for young runners in our community.  We will continue the work that started 7 years ago - giving young athletes the tools to be successful.  Read more about this event in the Partner Races section and register now to be part of a new Labor Day weekend tradition.
Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!  Enjoy this wonderful season.
Alice and Dan Loncto and the Fleet Feet Sports Team  

There will be a special email sent out before Black Friday to announce the sales and specials for that day and weekend.
Be on the lookout for the special email announcement!
The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day! 
Some of my favorite winter things... 
Something about this time of the year makes me think of that song, "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music. Maybe it has something to do with the warm woolen mittens, sleigh bells, and packages wrapped with string. Now that the snow is flying it is officially time to break into the winter gear again. No one is happy about it, but good winter equipment can be the difference between a happy run and frost-bite .

1. Raindrops on...anything but me! I am really torn this year on picking a favorite water resistant jacket. It comes down to the Nike Shield Jacket and the Northface Apex Lite Jacket. Both get high marks for performance so I will let you be the judge on that. As for the tights that make the outfit complete? I highly recommend the Nike Shield tights to keep the water off or the Northface Winter Warm tights. I would have a complete tight wardrobe out of just those two tights if I could.
2. Whiskers Well not really whiskers, but spikes. Once you try Due North traction aids, you will never run without them again (in the winter). They offer tons of grip to help keep you from slipping around give you peace of mind that you won't take a spill that will derail your training.

3. Bright copper...headlamps? It is dark and cold and you are running around in a minefield of ice, salt, and crazy drivers. See where you are going with a Petzel headlamp. They are bright enough to alert drivers that you are there and help you keep off curbs and ice patches that will ruin your holidays.

4. Warm woolen...socks? You bet. After spending long hours in the cold at last year's Beast of Burden 50 miler I will never again underestimate the power of a good pair of wool socks. Most people hear wool and see itchy heavy sweaters that shrink up when put in the dryer. You owe it to yourself to try the Feetures Elite Merino blends. In addition to being the warmest socks you could own they will never get stinky. Bacteria can't grow on wool fibers, so wool garments don't retain odor. Pretty cool right? If woolen MITTENS are more your style check out our glove and mitten collections. They may not be woolen but they are just as warm!

5. Brown paper packages tied up with...shoe laces? The new shoe parade at Fleet Feet has been really impressive. Many of the store's favorite shoes have updated. What are the new shoes? The Saucony Guide 7, Saucony Triumph 11, Brooks Adrenaline GTS14, New Balance 860v4, New Balance 890v4, Nike Pegasus Shield, and the Nike Structure 17. While the Nike Shield is my favorite in terms of looks (who can resist a subtle leopard print?) the Saucony Triumph is hands down my favorite new arrival in terms of fit and feel. Just the right combination of firmness and softness makes me want to take these for a long moonlight run....or something like that!

6. Cream colored....buffs? My favorite new accessory. The polar fleece Buff Bands need no explanation, they are just amazing. Keep the wind out of your lungs or the hair out of your face. The cream colored Kashfly crew is my new favorite color and stylish enough to wear even when I am not running.

What are a few of your favorite winter running things? If you don't have favorites yet  or it is your first winter running, stop in and see me. I'm sure I can help you find some new favorites for this winter!
Spring Training group is OPEN for registration!

adidas logo We are happy to announce that our Distance group is now sponsored by Adidas!!!!


With our new official sponsorship by Adidas, each group member will receive a custom Fleet Feet Racing printed Adidas SMT running jacket and "Adi-bucks" to spend on Adidas products at Fleet Feet. Members will still have two coaches available by email anytime, weekly newsletters, planned routes with water/Nuun stops for every group run, occasional group runs at Chestnut Ridge Park, products samples at many group runs, and other perks!

  • Complete training schedule for full 18 weeks
  • Two trained coaches available by email anytime
  • Weekly group long run each Saturday
  • Detailed maps and directions for all training group runs
  • Occasional group runs at Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Water and Nuun provided on the course for every group run
  • Samples of nutrition and other products at many group runs
  • Weekly newsletters with full of advice and information
  • Discount on selected Adidas products
  • Complimentary Adidas running jacket (an $80 value)
  • Optional addition of Nutrition Counseling
  • Optional addition of Good Form Running clinics

We are also very excited to offer a new Boston365 Program for the VIP Boston Marathon experience! This sub-group is for those who have already qualified and registered for the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. This exclusive opportunity is limited to 8 people. The experience includes: Access to the VIP Lounge VIP Bus to the starting line (with bags returned to VIP lounge) VIP access to the race Expo VIP party at McGreevey's on Friday night VIP party with Competitor Group, Fleet Feet Sports, and Adidas on Saturday night VIP tour (venue TBD, either Sam Adams Brewery or Fenway Park!)


Registration Fees:
$100 for returning distance group members
$120 for new distance group members
$350 for Boston365 VIP Boston Marathon experience

Program Breakdowns By Goal Race:


Pittsburgh Marathon & Half Marathon (Sunday 5/4/14)

  • 18 week training program
    • Veteran: having completed 2 or more marathons and currently able to run 30 miles per week
    • Rookie: running first or second marathon, or returning to marathon running and currently running less than 30 miles per week

BOSTON 365: Boston Marathon (Monday 4/21/14)

    • 18 week training program
      • Veteran training program for runners who have completed at least one marathon
      • Qualified and registered for the 2014 Boston Marathon
      • Currently running at least 20 miles per week
Paper Application or Register Online

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Fleet Feet is proud to once again be partnering with a local food pantry to help families in need during the Thanksgiving season. We will be collecting donations for a local food pantry from November 1st to November 21st. For every non-perishable food item you donate we will add $.50 to your customer rewards points account. Donate 10 cans and it is like you spent $5.00 in the store! The more you donate, the more points you rack up. So donate a little, feel good about helping someone in need, and get a little back.

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Show up and run with us! We will have 2 and 4 mile routes. The new Adidas Glide BOOSTs will be on hand and available to take for a test drive. Experience a different shoe and get a good workout in.

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There are still spots available for our 12/15 session. Register today.
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Fleet Feet Sports is proud to be part of Small Business Saturday on 11/30/13 - a day dedicated to supporting small businesses in our community.
Presented by American Express accepted at Fleet Feet Sports.  Register your American Express card starting 11/24, shop at Fleet Feet and get one $10 statement credit on your purchase of $10 or more.
Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo is thrilled to announce that The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K is coming to Buffalo! Dan has been working with the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission to make this happen for our community.
The race will be run on Sunday 8/31/14 and will bring in runners from across the area as well as former contestants. The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K will replace the Fleet Feet 15K-Run into Buffalo which has run on Labor Day for 7 years. What will not change is Fleet Feet Sports commitment to our community and Shoes on Students (SOS)! A donation from The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K will benefit Shoes on Students and continue to provide new training shoes for young runners in our community.

Mark your calendars - 8/31/14. Visit the race website - register for the Half Marathon, the 5K, and bring the kids out for the 1 mile run - run on Labor Day weekend. Watch for more details from Fleet Feet Sports on training programs to get you ready to challenge the Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K.

Fleet Feet Sports is committed to FIT, fitness, training and bringing the best to you - every day! Visit our website, Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube to get the latest on what is happening at Fleet Feet Sports every day. We appreciate your confidence in and support of Fleet Feet Sports and look forward to your feedback.    

Run Steady, Run Strong, Run FIT, 

Alice and Dan Loncto & the FIT experts at Fleet Feet Sports
Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo

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