This summer I had the pleasure of driving from Montreal to Edmonton. I dreamed up this solo road trip in the midst of a research internship in Ethiopia, looking to explore some new cities on my home continent. In plotting my course, I assumed I would stop in Chicago (on a Wednesday) and Winnipeg (on a Friday) so that I could attend their November Project workouts. I specifically shifted other legs of my journey to make it to these locations in time to work out with a bunch of strangers… except they don’t feel like strangers.
When you roll into a new city, early in the morning with your grassroots gear, you’re one of the gang. The November Project Movement pretty much assures you’ll find yourself among like-minded, friendly, and inclusive individuals. Your workout will be memorable, maybe you’ll get that city’s tag and/or go for a coffee, and the good vibes will stay with you for the rest of your day. If you wake up early to go to your own tribe’s workouts, you know what I’m talking about. I’m going a step further to report that from my experience, this is a shared reality no matter where you work out with NP.
Each tribe has its own identity, but they’re bonded through the shared objective of inclusive free-fitness. So now, when I plan my travels, especially solo, I look for cities with NP. The top 3 on my list include, in no particular reason or order:
Furthermore, I love hosting visitors. This fall NP Montreal has welcomed NP travelers from Edmonton, Orlando, Ottawa, Seattle, and Boston. It’s the best to share a workout and a coffee with people from other tribes hearing about what they love about their NP community and give them suggestions on what to experience in our city. This is an open invitation to anyone who has read this far to come and visit Montréal. We’re here for it!
In September, Derek and I attended NP Summit 6 in Milwaukee, WI. It was EPIC. So epic, that when the conversation of a winter version came up… I was intrigued. So for any of you that are regular NP travellers, or have been intrigued or persuaded by this brief account, I’ll encourage you to join the tribes of the north at NP Snow Summit 2019– request to join this closed group on FB for information on what’s going down January 17-20 in Syracuse, NY.
The tentative itinerary is as follows:
- Thursday, January 17 – Arrival in Syracuse. NY
- Friday, January 18 – NP Syracuse pop-up workout
- Saturday, January 19 – Race Day; winter edition
- Sunday, January 20 – You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay in Syracuse (unless you live there)