as my timing for the 2013 season was off, i was able to re-apply (as directed) last november and was subsequently notified late last week that i had been accepted into their 2014 cohort.
it's one step toward a dream come true.
i'm now a sponsored athlete.
from a certain distance that sounds all prestigious and glamourous. but know this first: the perks are basically a free running kit and some store discounts. no race entries, no appearance fees, nothing crazy like that. still enough to entice me to want to be part of Team Running Free.
more than that however sponsorship is about being a brand ambassador. what i do very much appreciate about Running Free is that they endorse people simply getting outside. they not only want to be active in the community but encourage an active community. plus they have this really nifty recycle-your-shoes program that benefits countries like haiti and sierra leone through micro credit loans.
these are all principles and programs that i'm happy to get behind.
the opportunities to promote Running Free are varied, and that's definitely an attractive piece to the program. as the program offers 'points' for various levels of representation/involvement, sponsored athletes can choose from a variety of options such as:
- wearing the Team Running Free apparel in races
- conducting clinics
- assisting with Running Free booths at specific competitions
- contributing articles to the Team Running Free website
- purchasing merchandise from Running Free
- distributing the member discount coupon for use in Running Free retail locations.
go ahead - print it off and use it!
if you're at all intrigued by this program, i encourage you to apply for the 2015 sponsorship program next fall - mark it on your calendars (like i did!) and check back here: http://www.teamrunningfree.com/apply/