Today, more specifically the date February 5th, is a day that I’m not always able to tackle. 21 years ago today, I woke up to my mom letting me know that my best friend was gone. Mark was the older brother I wished I had. After my mom and my nan, Mark was probably my biggest supporter. He’d always wait for me to catch up while we rollerbladed or rode bikes, he would let me have a turn while we played video games for hours, and he’d ask me what I wanted to watch or listen to. He was awesome and I miss him.
Please check in with your local leaders for information/logistics on sleeping arrangements, carpools and teams.
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MARCH 2nd.
This year we will be staying at=&0=&
=&1=&=&2=& March 20-22. Main event to take place evening of 21st
=&3=& 17550 Bear Valley Lane, Escondido, CA 92027
=&5=&Qigong=&6=&Guac Off / Lunch=&7=&All participants present=&8=&Set up/prep for race=&9=&Race brief=&10=&Final announcements=&11=& BOUNCE=&12=& LET’S RACE=&13=&=&14=&Bear Valley Farms is an organic farm specializing in farm to table, sustainable agriculture and holistic wellness, growing organic avocados, figs, guavas, flowers, koi fish, & more! The property features 117 acres in the heart of Escondido with plenty of trails to be explored.
=&15=&Pack it in, pack it out. Please keep the farm clean and leave it cleaner.
Please use designated portable toilets- no waste on the farm.
Quiet hours begin at 10 PM
Do not pick anything off the grounds – this is a critical time for the growth of many of their crops, so do not pick anything off of the ground, trees, bushes, etc.
Unfortunately, no dogs allowed this year.
=&16=&Parking is limited, but plan on carpooling or potentially being shuttled from a public parking lot. More details to come.
=&17=&The main event this weekend is our relay race. You will be placed on a relay team, and will have a partner within that team that you will be running with at all times for safety. Each team will complete a certain amount of miles throughout the race. We will share more information on the course and distance options ASAP.
~If you’re not into racing, are injured, or just don’t feel like committing to a team/running, you are still 100% welcome to join the weekend, hang out and enjoy yourself!
=&18=&=&19=&Come hang if you want an extra day/night on the farm!
Please be here between 6 and 9PM if you plan to arrive on Friday (times subject to change).
=&20=&Please plan on arriving in the early afternoon to set up & socialize.
Race will be in late afternoon/evening into the night.
Stay tuned for updates on exact times
=&21=&Wake up when you wish, have breakfast and head home! We’ll be wrapping things up by 1PM.
=&22=&-Trail shoes (or your most durable/sturdy regular running shoes- we are highly recommending people stay away from light/minimal support running shoes for this event)
-Head lamp (=&23=&, we’ll be racing in the dark!)
-Sleeping equipment (sleeping bag, tent, sleeping mat, pillow, extra blankets)
-Warm clothes for night time
-Running outfit (maybe a few outfit changes & extra layers as it will get colder into the night)
-FOOD! (+ coolers/whatever you need to store food in). Due to all the variety of allergies/food preferences, we ask that everybody be in charge of their own food supply. Please make sure you have food for yourself. Snacks are heavily encouraged as well!
-WATER. Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Bring more than you think you need!
During the media event in New York this spring, we proudly announced Brooks as exclusive footwear and apparel of November Project. Brooks has been an integral part of November Project Seattle for years and we were incredibly proud to grow this local relationship and introduce it to the global NP family. And what a ride has been so far: We helped Brooks community, run millions of miles for an incredible cause. We earned some sweet swag during the Sunrise6k. Our leaders visited Seattle and Brooks HQ during the Meeting of the Minds. And in Las Vegas, we collectively put together one of the most memorable NPSUMMIT gatherings. And if this year was a taste of the things to come, 2020 will be incredible.
We’ve been friends and fans of Knockaround folks for many years but 2019 marked a designation of this brand as official sunglasses of November Project. Through NP Homework and a custom NP sunglasses that launched at the Summit in Vegas, it’s safe to say that the future is bright.
This year we added three new cities to November Project family. We kicked things off with the addition of the first city in France – Toulouse. A week after Toulouse, Rochester, NY, put New York State in the lead for the state with the most NP locations (5). The last city to join the NP family in 2019 was Columbus, OH, the sole representative of the Buckeye State!
When November Project became a non-profit organization, one of our long-term goals was to bring free fitness to youth. This year we partnered up with an organization called Playworks that provides structured recess in schools. In conjunction with Playworks, we launched a pilot program where NP members are volunteering in select Boston area schools and engaging students in physical activity and play. The learnings from this pilot that’s currently only available in Boston, will help us devise a plan for scaling and expansion.
Dr. Evan Johnson at the University of Wyoming Division of Kinesiology and Health and his team have launched a study to understand, investigate, and quantify how participation with November Project translates to physical activity habits outside of our early morning workouts. If you’ve attended at least one November Project workout within the past three months please help out with the research and fill out this survey.
MEETING OF THE MINDS
2019 gifted us the second annual Meeting Of The Minds (MOM), a gathering of nearly all 120+ co-leaders from 52 NP cities around the globe. For 4 days in August, these co-leaders descended upon Seattle to discuss the future of NP, brainstorm new ideas for their workouts, build personal relationships with one another, connect with our new partner, Brooks, and tirelessly discuss how we can improve, as both leaders in our community and a global organization. Here are a few highlights from that weekend:
A Peak Behind The Curtain
We had the pleasure of spending an entire day at the Brooks HQ, rotating from one area of the enormous building to the next, to learn about everything from product development to marketing research. The morning was kicked off with the warmest welcome from Brooks CEO, Jim Weber, and CMO, Melanie Allen, who matched the excitement level of a room full of NP co-leaders – an impressive feat in itself. Earlier that morning, before the sun had risen, we were given the incredible opportunity run alongside Des Linden, 2 time Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion. So you could say it was amazing the roof of Brooks HQ didn’t blow off with the cheers from the leaders after such an amazing way to start our day. To read more about the experience from the leader perspective, give this recap a read: https://november-project.com/npsf-mom-aka-leader-summit-recap/
This year at MOM we were lucky enough to engage in a deeper discussion with D.A. Dirks and Soumya Palreddy, two experts in their respective fields in building more inclusive spaces through improved language and intentions. The co-leaders participated in activities which fully embraced our true identities, and revealed how we perceive ourselves and others. The exercises gave leaders a chance to dissect their daily patterns and language, finding new ways to invite people in without subconsciously excluding others. At the end of the day, we assembled into small groups to create the November Project Community Agreements; a list of understood agreements that all co-leaders and members are expected to follow if they would like to participate in November Project workouts. They are agreements that we have been quietly following for years, but have never had the chance to put down onto paper. That list has been brainstormed, edited, brainstormed, and edited multiple times and the final result is available here.
EDMONTON HITS 1000 WORKOUTS
Why is this a highlight when Boston and San Francisco hit 1000 workouts before them? Because while there have been leadership changes in both of those cities, the same two leaders, Jen Ference and Nadim Chin, have been at the helm of November Project Edmonton for all 1000 workouts. Yes, they have had co-leaders, including co-founder of NP Edmonton, Andrew Ference, and current co-leader, Rob McDougall, but Jen and Nadim have been at (nearly) every single workout for 1000 straight. Known as one of the more badass winter cities in the NP Universe, the willingness and ability to pull themselves out of their warm beds to go run around in -30 degree weather 3 mornings a week is mind-boggling.
NOVEMBER PROJECT SUMMIT, LAS VEGAS
The 8th Annual gathering known as #NPSUMMIT was hosted this year in Las Vegas, which was wacky for many reasons and gave us many firsts. The Rock N’ Roll race series filled both Saturday and Sunday night with races from 5K to 26.2M. Live music along the course, under the glowing lights of Vegas, it was perfect/odd, unlike the trail scene we’d become used to. But getting our summit celebration to a road race had more than a few upsides. First off,
Team Hoyt SD
November Project is teaming up with Dr. Evan Johnson at the University of Wyoming Division of Kinesiology and Health to understand, investigate, and quantify how this free fitness movement translates to physical activity habits outside of our early morning workouts. Specifically, we’d like to measure NP participants’ feelings of fitness independence both within NP workouts and within your own workouts. We are looking for people who have attended at least one November Project workout within the past three months. This study will be conducted through online questionnaires and an optional phone interview, requiring a total of 25 to 60 minutes of your time. You can take the first step by clicking on this link. We (including the researchers) appreciate your time and can’t wait to share what you tell us!
If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact the University of Wyoming Institutional Review Board Administrator at 307-766-5320.
Outside of baseball and Barry White Jr’s classroom, handshakes have felt a bit too cold and rigid. Today we made the handshake cool again. Well, actually, you made the handshake cool again. I’m not sure if I’ve seen this crew crush hills faster than you all did today. It felt like nothing would get in the way of you adding a new move to your buddy handshake. The fun choreography is something that I hope you will remember and bust out as a greeting for your new friend the next time you see them at a workout.
Here are some answers for frequently asked questions or AFFAQ.
This link right here is where you can find the spreadsheet for everyone that has a race planned. Maybe you join them, or organize a cheer station, or simply wish them a strong race!
We may only have a few weeks of summer left, but let’s be real, in LA summer is practically year round. As we head toward darker mornings, no 5:30 pictures, and less mosquitos, we have an opportunity to create even more magic on Wednesday and Friday mornings. While the rest of LA breaks out their Uggs for the sub 70º temperatures, starts ordering hot PSLs, and starts making excuses for why they hit snooze for a 5th time, we’ll still be crushing our morning workouts and starting the day with positive vibes.
First, I want to thank everyone that has participated in our first NP survey. Your feedback is awesome and critical for helping us grow our community. If you haven’t had a chance yet to fill out the survey, please do so here! We want to hear from everyone so please take a few minutes and help give back to this awesome movement.
Three days after my birthday, Jonathan and I attempted a 50k in Julian, CA. The race started around 4500ft and would climb to just over 6000ft elevation. It was somewhere over 100º when I was low on water and food. Once I started getting light headed I knew I was in a rough spot. At mile 20 I turned around and headed back for the aid station that I passed 2 miles prior. On my way back I saw Jonathan and told him I was out. Not long after, I got a text from him saying he was dropping out as well. We commiserated over mediocre food and joked about how I was about to head to the desert for a race that would be even hotter.