This past Sunday, August 18, was an epic feat of athleticism, strength, and gastrointestinal fortitude. The first ever Custard Chase, a follow-up to last summer’s Taco Mile, went down at Banneker Rec Center. Bolstered by our community ties (and excellent planning from our very own Noelle Ellerson Ng), we welcomed hundreds of runners for the event. First, a sincere thanks to Shake Shack for providing the delicious custard, Pacers Running for the race clock, and the DC Department of Parks and Rec for the AV system and the space — we couldn’t have done it without y’all.
The Valley of the Sun kicked off May Day in style as NP_Phx_FamilyFeud has officially begun! This morning saw Team Blue, Team Red, Team Yellow, and Team Green duke it out in an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) circuit workout consisting of squats, leg lifts, box jumps, burpees, push-ups and stairs. The desert sun was intense but nothing compared to the focus on the competitors.
Like Chris tumbling backwards and falling deeply into the sunken place, the droll gray skies and bone-chilling temps can have a lot of us feeling as though we’re getting lobotomized throughout the winter (too much? I think not.). Fortunately, like Rod pulling up in the TSA squad car to save Chris, NPDC is here to throw you a lifeline to GET OUT (while you still can). If you haven’t watched Get Out yet, sign up for the Night Run, and then go do that A$AP Rocky.
I LVOE NEROMVBE CRTOJPE. That’s not quite right. I LOEV NOEMREBV PRTCOJE. Hmm, that’s not it either. I LOVE NOVEMBER PROJECT. There we go!
Today the November Project Phoenix crew rocked a scrabble-esque workout. 17 stations scattered around our playground, Papago Park Amphitheatre. Each station contained a letter, of which to earn, you completed the respective workout and repetitions. Stairs, burpees, and partner exercises galore were completed to earn those precious letters! Once you had them all, you held a plank and tried to assemble the phrase.
You guys…. WE DID IT!
Through a collaboration with 3 of Atlanta running community’s top ambassadors, we rang in #GlobalRunningDay with more than 175 people!
First, we have to thank our partners for this event because we couldn’t have done it without them! Thanks to your strong communities in Atlanta – Atlanta Track Club and Big Peach Running Co.! Also, we had a huge group from Back on my Feet Atlanta come out. We are so stoked and can’t wait for future collaborations!
This is what November Project is all about – working together and building a community centered around FREE fitness that is inclusive for everyone, all ages, all fitness levels. For #GlobalRunningDay it seemed like a no brainer to do a staple NP Sunrise 6k.
Big Peach, the experts at hosting races in ATL, planned a 6k route around Georgia Tech. 6k=3.72 miles. WHY? Because why do people run 5ks? You know NP likes to be different. As the Sunrise 6k can sometimes be a competition, all who recorded the route on Strava will see their time –> https://www.strava.com/routes/13286724.
Thanks to the incredible pull of Atlanta Track Club spreading the word, the run even got a shout-out in Runner’s World!
The bounce was EPIC… we didn’t bother that we would potentially wake up people at 6am. (You live in the city, and this is one day a year!) After that, the group took off for their run (we were so big we had to go off in WAVES like a race. #goals)
As everyone finished, we brought them in with the cheer tunnel!
The day ended with a presentation of the Positivity Award to someone who’s life has changed through November Project… Stein Esser. We’ll get him to write up a blog post so he can shine in the spotlight… he’s a pretty hilarious guy!
June is BIG for November Project ATL!
How big? So many events we needed another blog to talk about them.
Number one goal: Break 100! We did it for Global Running Day, let’s do it again!
In addition to our regular Wednesday and Friday workouts (always 6:27am) see below for special workouts and events!
Friday June 8
Grady Stadiums with DJ Rob Sessions | 6:27 AM | Grady High Stadium
Who else can say they ran stadiums and got in a hardcore workout WITH a DJ spinning beats… at 6:27 am? US in ATL.
Sunday June 10
Atlanta Streets Alive | 4-8 PM
We’re an activity partner so we’ll be out hosting fun pop-up workouts all evening long! Check out the Interactive Map (may be live Thursday 6/7) to find out where we are! Somewhere by Centennial Park.
Wednesday June 20
Hillpine Hill Runs | 6:27 AM | Meet at Orpheus Brewing
DIFFERENT WORKOUT LOCATION! We’re running Hillpine, a steep hill in Morningside neighborhood of ATL. We’ll meet near Orpheus brewing at our regular time. Here’s the meeting spot.
Saturday June 23
Bike. Run. Hike. Paddle. at Stone Mountain
Here in ATL, we’re big about working together with other members of the fitness community. So when our partner Mountain High Outfitters wanted us to team up with the Dirty South Yoga Fest for a run and yoga event, we were all for it!
Spring is getting closer, and with it comes plenty of free outdoor yoga classes across Atlanta, and more seasonable temps for November Project workouts. Our goal was to draw in the yogis and convince them that ANYONE can do NP (And that we LOVE yoga too!)
Day of, more than 150 people were slated to come, but cloudy and breezy skies kept our numbers lower. But Christian and Alexa were pumped that we didn’t know about 60 percent of the attendees!
We started with a point-to-point run from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market (PCM), where yoga would happen. Our injured tribe member Sunshine Ben shuttled our mats from the start to finish, alleviating a need for people to have to carry them while running.
Alexa led a 2 mile run and Christian led a 4 mile run, taking our groups through iconic sections of the park and onto the Beltline. We ended the run at our Wednesday meeting spot and told all our newbies – “here’s where to meet us! Wednesday at 6:27am!” It was all smiles, but we could tell that our people wanted yoga!
For yoga, SSS led us through some great, deep hip openers and gentle flow. After the run, we were all in need of stretching out those tight muscles. Our outdoor space right in the action of Ponce City Market was the perfect spot!
After yoga, we gathered for tasty drinks (spiked or not) from Sunshine Alchemy, a local vegan food truck, while Christian and Alexa tried to tag shirts in windy conditions. Our yoga mats came in more than one good use!