Together (apart). Responsible Social Distancing.

Hey Fam,
Strange times out there, but we can get through this together (apart). It has been beyond heartwarming to see all of your faces over ZOOM at our morning workouts! Keep showing up, we’ll be there for you, no matter what!

Look at all those smiling faces!

It’s a wild world right now, but here in Manitoba we were given an early warning. We were given a head start that most other places weren’t. We saw this coming, we knew what the spread of this virus could look like and we were given the opportunity to stay ahead of it. Every morning I look at this map of Canada and I feel so grateful for this place that we live and this chance that we were given.
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2020, Ya'll Good??

Winterpeg notes:

  • Positivity goes to Leaslie
  • Great Skate February 2nd
  • Remember and Reflect 2019 edition

First off, Happy New Year!!! We rang in 2020 with a wicked and weird workout. (We actually had 20 people show up so if that’s not 2020 then I don’t know what is). The positivity award was well deserved by the one and only Leaslie!! Even after working a double shift and coming straight to NP she still shows with a contagious smile and a bounce in her step. The positivity award means so many different things to so many different people and shows up when ya need it (small harry potter reference). So Leaslie we challenge you to answer the question “What does the Positivity Award mean to you?”. Leaslie you are fast, you are fit, you are strong. We are glad you’re here and we couldn’t be more proud that you call NP-YWG home. read more

2019 At A Glance

As we’re approaching the last minutes of 2019, it’s worth looking back at all the amazing things that we experienced at NP during the past 365 days. To capture EVERY moment would be impossible as this post would never end, so if there’s a story or an experience you’d like to share, please add it in the comments. We’d like to thank all NP members for another year filled with positivity, support, and fitness. This community is stronger with you as a part of it so please keep inspiring with your actions and kindness. And to our leaders, thank you for your selflessness, energy, and dedication. You are the bloodline of November Project and we’re eternally grateful for your devotion to this movement.

SPONSORSHIPS

Brooks
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.

Knockaround
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.

52 CITIES

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!

NP KIDS

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.

SCIENCE

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/

Community Agreements
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,

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The Greatest Skate

Winnipeg Notes:
-Sneaky PR
Great Skate, Sunday February 2, 2020
-Christmas day and New Years Day, workouts, 6:59am at the Forks
-the Great Skate is coming
-winter is here

This morning was a cold one, we pulled out a sneaky PR, y’all ran up, and then back down and repeated it. I love a PR week, and this was the last one of 2019, and we made it count! read more

Cement Castle Wonderland Homecoming

Be a Cement Castle

Winnipeg Notes
– Cement Castle PR Day
– Summit 7
– Summit 8 HYPE
– Christmas Party December 12th
– Koats for Kids 3 Wednesdays in December
– Carmen receives Positivity Award

What a morning! You all crushed the very first PR Day back in our winter home, The Cement Castle Wonderland. As Megan mentioned this morning, it’s absolutely heart-warming to see such big numbers on PR Days. We are so glad you are all here. Keep on keeping each other accountable. Winnipeg Is GOOD.

Also can we just take a quick moment to be thankful for our new BoomBox? I could hear that thing no matter where I was on the levels this morning, what a difference it makes! read more

We Need YOU….

Winnipeg Notes:
-FRIDAY’S ARE HERE ALL YEAR
-get your name in to be one of our 23 guest co-leads
-Baltimore 15×15
-Tammy handed the Shabooya off to Daniel
-Run the Night Away Half Marathon- November 23rd

This morning wasn’t nearly as cold as we all thought it was, we leveled up and layered down (TM Derek Page), we took it into the cement castle wonderland for the Baltimore 15×15 and it was a gooder. Tammy passed the Shabooya off to Daniel; who can rock a matching shirt and short combo, like no other. Daniel and Tammy we are glad that you are here. read more

We Need Your Help With Science!

November Project Members embrace at Pre-Boston-Marathon workout

If you scroll through the blog, it’s filled with nearly eight years of stories that illustrate how November Project transforms lives for the better. Thousands have joined workouts around the globe and discovered a community that is growth-minded, yet it meets you where you are at. Newbies, originals, and regulars inspire one another to show up, work hard, and challenge their limits. Whether your experience with November Project motivated you to get moving on frigid mornings, take on your first triathlon, or dive deeply into the world of stair running, we’re elated by your journey, and we’d like to hear from you. We know that it works, but the policy makers, bean counters, and exercise nerds of the world need data if we want to see our movement grow!

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.

Goodbye Summer.

NP Winnipeg checking out The Forks newest art installation.

Winnipeg Notes
– Winter is Coming (also it’s here)
– Thanksgiving Pop Up
– October Tags
– Halloween Karaoke

I’m sure you all woke up this morning and peeked out your windows giddy to see the surprise of a winter wonderland outside. Okay, yes maybe giddy is the wrong word. Maybe there were some groans or sighs but winter is coming *weather* we like it or not. See what I did there?! read more

#runhappy

Winnipeg Notes:

  • We wore Brooks shoes
  • October tags start Friday
  • Stairs
  • Boombox


This morning was misty fresh. Our lovely Brooks rep attended the workout and she brought a whole fleet of shoes for us to try out! What fun! If you LOVED your Brooks shoes and ya wanna buy a pair, head on down to City Park Runners, and we’d love to get you fitted up in some fresh kicks!

WE GOT A NEW BOOMBOX! It’s so loud, we’re so pumped up! You can actually hear the music now! The whole group was so hyped and there were so many dance moves. The hills were alive with the sound of music.

This morning we ran hella stairs, Erin brought belated birthday muffins for Will. And we had Steph one of co-leaders from NP Toronto join us!

It was an awesome morning and I want to thank all of you who came out! Shoes, boomboxes, friendships, hard work, cute dogs, photographers. We are all building this community together every week. And this morning in particular, I felt so supported by, connected to and grateful for all of the parts and people who make this crazy beautiful thing what it is, every damn week.

-Sappy M

Birthday Blog

Wisconsin Notes

– Peg City Scramble V tomorrow

– October Friday Tags

– Brooks runners demo next Wednesday!!

– Willie’s Birthday Boom

Jet in the sky

So we started the day off with a wicked awesome guest bounce from Milana hailing from Montreal. I don’t speak any French but I’m sure whatever I said was PG and hype! We then moved to a warm up. Well I guess it was a warm up. Maybe more of a “I bet I can guess who thought of this” while squatting around the skatepark…. read more