Caren Ware's Blog

September 28, 2010

A Runner’s Circle…has everyone running in a straight line!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 5:04 pm

Bibs were available for pre race pick up for the Say No to Drugs Half Marathon & 5K at  A Runner’s Circle, a hip running store located just off the 5K Fwy across from Griffith Park on 3216 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles. Check out I got a chance to hang at the store on Friday and it was a rewarding chance to meet Joe Matias, the owner.  Joe came here from the Philippines 13 years ago with business sense. He got involved  in the running industry by managing Top to Top in Santa Monica and ventured into designing his own store.  As a business owner, I complimented him on his branding of this specialty store.  He has a red mascoted mini coop parked out on the curb, a SUV to match, flags, and a red logoed awning inviting you into the store.  Once in, you are treated to runner expertise and a full spectrum of choices to gather anything a runner would need: shoes, socks, gels, water packs, attire.

The red singlet team we see at a lot of races is his running club.  He says his team goal isn’t to be about the fastest, it is to be about family.  His motto is “willing to improve.”  The willingness to improve is his only prerequisite for being on the team.  Joe showed me pictures of his Tuesday and Thursday night training runs.  It looks like he is hosting a nightly race, there are so many happy participants.  Rightfully so.  He has a great resource of running courses all around Griffith Park right across the street from his shop.  I asked him if he could point out the trail to the Hollywood sign.  It is a goal of mine to run to it someday.  He smiled and said. “We even have a Hollywood Sign Run on a Sunday morning once a month.  It comes with a shirt that says, ‘I ran to the Sign’.  How cool is that!

1 Comment »

  1. Hopefully you can make it out on a Thursday night! All fitness levels, of walkers, runners, and paces, welcome! : )

    Comment by disciplinedindulgence — September 29, 2010 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

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