I remember my very first issue of Runner’s World; on the slow mornings at the hospital (circa summer 2008) I wandered around looking for which magazines might be worth skimming through. (People donate a LOT of magazines to said hospital.) Through one stack I saw the huge “RUNNER’S” letters, and having just run my second half-marathon, my interest was immediately piqued.
There is an entire magazine dedicated to just runners? Not elites, not pros, but just…us everyday runners?! YES. Give me that.
I don’t remember what I did or didn’t learn from that exact issue, but I do remember spending every remaining working break in that hospital searching for more. My eyes scanned every pile looking for the familiar capital letters peaking out. Then I scanned airports and Targets and bookstores. Then I bought a subscription. Five years later, the magazine’s arrival still my favorite monthly mail day.
Five years later, I’m still soaking it in that an invitation was extended to step inside, and see where the running-magic happens…
When our itinerary arrived for this weekend’s RW Half-Festival blogger events, I had to do a double-take. On the first day of our all-Runners-World weekend: a tour of the HQ and a BBQ and s’mores and the company of Bart Yasso? Yep. All of it. I’m in.
First we sat down to eat with RW staff, family and friends. It was a welcoming crew, eager to meet us and ready to chat! We were also joined by the Altra Zero-Drop shoe team – all the way from the mountains of Utah. They’re stopping in DC next, so we made some plans for a Monday night run. (What else do you do at a Runner’s dinner?)
Full of good eats* and round 1 of dessert, we took a walk. Bart showed us around the RW digs:
(*They have a garden outside the office! And Rodale started publishing Organic Farming & Gardening in 1942 . They eat well around these parts.)
Well of course they have a treadmill desk…
…and of course Bart’s office is full of race + travel mementos.
He has stories for days (weeks, years?) and a grin that doesn’t stop. He undoubtedly loves the world inside these walls and the experiences that have, and continue to, come with it.
The Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief, David Willey, joined us for part of the tour, too. His office has a few less bibs, and a lot more shoes.
A few other things we got to peak in on: the bike room, the Men’s & Women’s Health areas, the online marketing team and the wall with the next issue’s spread all lined up.
Then we had S’mores.
We all owe a HUGE thanks to Bart, David, Golden (Altra Zero-Drop’s Co-Founder), Ms. Laura Beachy (+ David T.) and the RW family.
Thank you for bringing us here together, for hosting us at your dinner table, for letting us ooh-and-aah around your workspace and for welcoming us into your home for the night!
Last, but not least, thank you for challenging us – would I have signed up for a Hat-trick race weekend otherwise? Who knows. But this one’s credited to you!
Next: we shake it out, take our shoes off & meet the (former host of Figure it Out and) Olympic swimmer, Summer Sanders! Among other things (i.e. racing).