In this kind of event, I usually meet up with running friends, and tonight was not different. Amongst "old" running friends, I finally met up in person with running friends, I've met online via Twitter.
|Among royalties and inspiring runners! :) Wan and Anoek were the #kingofvondelpark and #queenofvondelpark respectively in Nike+ challenge of #vondelparkloop. They've ran individually impressive kilometers around Vondelpark.|
|fellow AMS Running Junkies Joas, a new acquaintance F. and Anoek are all running Berlin Marathon 2012!|
|Kyara, Physical Education student in Amsterdam, and for this event as one of Nike crew pacers|
I hope to feature the marathon stories of Wan and Anoek here to spread the inspiring energy both of them exude!
Speaking of inspiring energy - we all had the pleasure of the company of Churandy Martina, an Olympian in London 2012.. He represented the Netherlands in the 100 meters, in this year's Olympics in London.
|An excited me, Churandy Martina and Udjen - solesistah, someone I admire and take not only running inspiration from but life inspiration!|
|Remco a good friend, also from the AMS Running Junkies group, helping me here to open my energy drink. Thanks to him I got two wonderful pictures, shared here: the group photos with Churandy Martina and Udjen and the group photo with Wan and Anoek. Dank je wel, Remmie!|
|Nike Store in Amsterdam, Kalverstraat 185|
For a change, I was not only on time but much earlier than I usually am. Again, thanks to the support of my family, specially the girl's adopted Omi B, beloved P's mom, and my soulmum.
We were asked to register, and got a free Nike dri-fit WE RUN AMS T-shirt, when we finished filling out the registration form.
I was able to catch up with friends Udjen and Remco, heard running anecdotes from Wan, and learned about the marathons that Anoek have ran as well.
When I got parched after all manic talking (mostly the manic part was mine :D), I got some bottle of water from the generous refreshment table Nike team laid out. I got a tap on the shoulder, and saw a familiar and welcoming face of Ryan, another running inspiration. I chatted a bit about Berlin with Ryan, the man who is the heart of Amsterdam Running Junkies. He is like a father, brother, running buddy, nurturer, challenger, inspiration and unfailing advocate of: "Run on Tuesday!" It was empowering to hear the concern and the support.
|Ryan watching the "guest of honour" of the evening, descends from the stairs.|
|Churandy Martina with the Advanced pacer|
|here are the lovely pacers for Beginners|
|Churandy Martina sounding of the starting horn for the last group of runners: Beginners|
All groups of runners, Advance: 5K in 25 min, Intermediate 5K in 30 min and Beginners: 5K in 35 min ran through Kalverstraat, then a round of Vondelpark, and back to the Nike store for more celebration of this first Wednesday run.
If you are interested to join the runs, join the Nike+ Run Club on FB for schedules and updates.
|Nike+ Run Club meets once a week Wednesdays @ 18:00, Nike Store Kalverstraat 185 Amsterdam|