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We Got A Story To Tell
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Photo Credit: Micaela Bernal
Photo Credit: Micaela Bernal
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Photos & Words: David Oh
My official introduction to 3RUN2 came during the 2014 Chicago Marathon. The year previously, I was in New York City shooting a few friends running the TCS New York City Marathon- specifically the Black Roses sporadically. I found something endearing (and even fascinating) about this community of runners during that time. I was impressed at how transplants were able to corral together and create a haven for themselves as they extended themselves out to a much bigger and even global community. I wanted to know if similar vibes existed in Chicago. Needless to say, I’ve been coming back almost regularly since last year; the community is definitely here and the rest is watching, if not already joining them.
Generally speaking, the running crew movement is hitting its peak. At the surface, 3RUN2 isn't that much different. After all, it’s a cool thing to be involved in for 20/30/40-something transplants. Granted, there are hashtag laden posts that would generate likes and such comments as ‘get it!’ or ‘beasts’ on Instagram ever so often luring mass followings so much so that someone like me living in Seattle would rock their hoodies or a kid in Toronto would rock their latest shirts to run around their neighborhood. But if Instagram all of a sudden ceased to exist, would half of these personalities survive in the real world?
Like 3RUN2's Marathon '15 shirt states, I feel that they are that ‘World Major’ in the world of urban running, but is it just the design aesthetic that got me loving them a little more than the next person? What else is there for them beyond this appeal? This is where the joy (and the challenge) of being a photographer comes in- It’s interesting to be on the outside looking in. The challenge then is to find out what makes this community stand out while personally creating content and building context.
What I love or actually respect about 3RUN2 is their ability to embrace the neighborhood they inhabit. Places like Humboldt Park and Logan Square aren’t exactly the places where visitors go while visiting Chicago; They're miles away from Michigan Ave. and Milleniumn Park, the typical locations on any tourist's "To visit" list.
However, it's this running community that's putting local neighborhoods on the map with a healthier and more vibrant identity. As a photographer, I try to focus on how well Nico and Mica integrate their surroundings into the cultivation of their community.
My work with them is always organic- I truly appreciate the type of sensibility and awareness Nico and Mica have towards where they rep because it makes the brand that much more authentic. Fast forward to now- Chicago is now a habitual destination. 3RUN2 has become more than just a creative partnership. They've become my friends, life advisors, cheerleaders and definitely part of my life. The consistent exchange of ideas with them already make me excited for the next trip and collaboration.
Styled & Shot by Micaela Bernal
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"It's all in the legs." - We're partnering with Brooklyn Boulders in the West Loop on 8/16 to bring you a complimentary Auto Belay & Certification Technique class. All are welcome to attend, novice climbers encouraged! No worries if this is your first time, we'll show you the ropes. Please visit 3run2.com/events to register. Registrations will be accepted until we reach capacity or 8/12. Please note- *Please do not register unless you are confident that you can attend.*
Here's a few shots from our last climb:
Images: Victoria Yanchuk
We get together once a week at the crack of dawn to work on our speed. These workouts aren't for the faint of heart. Afterwards, we convene at the local coffee shop to swap war stories..
Styled & Shot by Micaela Bernal
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Words: Kahee Yu & Amanda Failla
When asked to reflect on this past weekend in Toronto, it took us a moment to really think of where to begin. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and the hash tag #IwishICouldGiveYouThisFeeling has never been more accurate.
Amanda: I received the exclusive invite from NTC/NRC to join the Nike Toronto Women’s 15K and they would graciously bus us out free of charge. Seeing as this was my birthday weekend, it was hard to pass up, what better way to kick off the big 2-8? Along with 18 other Chicago women and more luggage than anyone would ever need for a two day trip, we were on our 500 mile journey to Toronto. Amidst the numerous bathroom stops, gossip, story sharing, and even getting lost in downtown Detroit, we finally made it to Toronto. I couldn’t be more excited to see what the city had in store for us as we passed numerous Nike signs scattered throughout the city.
Kahee: I quickly headed out to Parkdale in West Toronto after what seemed like the shortest night of sleep. Parkdale Roadrunners organized a 4km shakeout run in the Parkdale neighborhood before we headed over for coffee, grub, and endless chit chats. Seeing new and old faces from all over the states and Canada was the perfect way to set the positive vibes for the weekend. Once again I was able to realize the best part of races weekends are the opportunities for reunions and creation of new friendships. Before it got too late, I set back to downtown Toronto for the expotique and to meet with Amanda.
Amanda: After getting a few short hours of shuteye, it was time to join the Nike Shakeout Run. When we arrived we saw some familiar faces and Nike truly welcomed us with open arms. They also informed us that there were four different official shake out runs around downtown Toronto, all ending together at the Nike expotique. After meeting and snapping some pictures with our New York Bridgerunner friends, my future husband, er I mean, Coach Bennett welcomed us by giving a speech and inspiring us for what he promised to be an unforgettable weekend.
Our shakeout run was a quick 2.5 miles through Toronto ending with a group stretch before they unleashed us into the expotique. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend, as we all know Nike knows how to throw one helluva party! The expo was much more of an experience than booths of people trying to sell you water bottles and discounted shoes. Our group spent about four hours snapping pictures, laughing, and making memories. What was truly amazing was that we couldn’t go more than twenty minutes without seeing someone we knew. Crew love was in full force!
Amanda: Come Saturday night we [partly] ditched our sneakers and running gear for some fancier attire while we headed to China Town to meet up with Parkdale Roadrunners for their pasta dinner at People’s Eatery. They had rented out the entire restaurant for us and provided endless food while we laughed and chatted away with new and old friends.
Kahee: Seeing runners in anything other than dri-fit and Nikes was a fun part of the night. A hundred runners gathered at People’s Eatery to break bread before race day and the food was incredibly delicious and healthy. We were once again able to meet new friends and catch up with old on a perfect, breezy summer night in Toronto.
Kahee: I woke up from a dream where I wore the wrong shoes and couldn’t run the race; but besides the terrible nightmare the weather looked promising on Sunday morning. We were on a ferry on our way to the Toronto Islands by 6:45am. Even though the race didn’t start until 9:30am, they had to ship in 10,000 people onto the islands, which in turn took just as long to get people off the islands. The weather cooperated as we stretched, frequented the bathrooms and felt all the excitement surrounding us. As soon as we shed off our extra layers and got into our wave, the temperatures dropped and the rain paid us a visit. We were cold but stayed close and tried to stay positive until it was our turn to cross that start line.
Kahee: The first two miles were crowded and I was running a bit slower than I wanted but the beauty of the course had me completely distracted. The course was absolutely beautiful; complete view of the Toronto skyline from various angles, little cottages with grandmas and grandpas cheering us on, and airplanes taking off as we ran on the airport runway! I ran a good race and it felt a bit more special since I was sidelined at last year’s Nike DC half marathon due to an injury. I was on such a runner’s high that the hour wait for the ferry back to mainland didn’t even bother me.
Amanda: Sunday morning came far too quickly as we all met up and walked to the ferry. We all knew that race day wasn’t going to be a stroll in the park weather wise, but it comes with the territory. They can’t all be 55 degrees and perfect days. After being transported to the secluded Toronto Island, it was Nike-palooza! Everywhere you looked there were quirky signs and sayings to take photographs with, drum lines welcoming you to the island, food trucks galore, and lots and lots of women ready to get the show on the road.
After Kahee was able to sneak our group into her start wave, we all huddled together for warmth as the temps dropped and the rain came out minutes before the start of the race. Finally, come 9:30AM we were on! I may have forgot to mention how beautiful the Island of Toronto is – so much greenery, beautiful trees, a serene boardwalk with the waterfront on one side and beautiful trees on the other. We even got to run on an airport runway with planes taking off beside us and had some pretty awesome views of downtown Toronto.
Nike did not disappoint with on course entertainment, we had everything from said airplanes taking off, to a church choir (decked out in Nike kicks, of course), an array of terrain (trail, grass, boardwalk), and comical signs along the course. Though the views were incomparable, my favorite part of the race was the crew love at 14.5K! Crews from all around were lined up along the course high-fiving, screaming, photographing, and confetti bombing fellow runners.
...And how can I not mention our gorgeous finisher’s prize – that little blue box! The Tiffany’s necklace is gorgeous and I can un-shamelessly say, I’ve been rocking my medal all week!