Pickles and running? Not your average duo, however, for Fleet Feet Sports in High Point and Greensboro, the two represent the organizations marquee event of the summer. The Fleet Feet Pickle is a 30K relay course which takes runners along the Greenway from High Point, NC to Greensboro, NC and generally attracts 140-160 runners per year.
Not only does the race support a great community, but it also supports a great cause, BackPack Beginnings. BackPack Beginnings is a local, 100% volunteer non-profit organization founded to provide children in need with food, comfort items and other necessities through the use of backpacks.
John Dewey, Fleet Feet Owner, explains, “We are really excited to partner with them to raise money and support for our local community. Over the past few years, we've raised nearly $10,000 for the organization and hope to add to that total as much as possible this year.”
As a relay race, the course consists of four hand off locations. Teams can be comprised of either four members, two members, or simply one brave participant to conquer it all! And with the hot and humid temperatures of the Carolinas, that is easier said than done.
But, the challenge will surely be worth it as Fleet Feet Sports loves a good after party. With food and music for all the runners, they really make an effort to cheer on each and every participant through the finish line. And, to stick with the theme, the winning team/runner receives the honorably engraved pickle trophy. They love to play around with “ways to win” the pickle, each being more creative and spontaneous than the last.
“Fleet Feet Sports really takes great pride in putting on this run. We love our running community and how they all really come together to run for this cause. We do everything we can for our runners and our community and this really takes the cake as our signature event.”
If you’re interested in running this year’s Fleet Feet Pickle or supporting BackPack Beginnings, go to https://store.fleetfeetgreensboro.com/shop/events/the-fleet-feet-pickle/!