Saturday, August 31, 2013

And The Runner Dude's Name Is....

Maestro, may we have a drum roll please...?

After weeks of name suggestions, and days upon days of voting, you - the runners of the Big Bend Area - have chosen Rocket Man (although we think he may end up as "Rocket") as the name for the Capital City Runners Runner Dude.

Congratulations to Chris Rego for the suggestion, and thank you to all who participated.  Chris, please contact Kevin or Jon at the shop for your CCR singlet and to let them know which local race you would like to be "comped."  Again, congratulations and thank you!

And, you will see below something new we are rolling out just for YOU.  A monthly newsletter.  It will be filled with upcoming events, product reviews, fun stories, and interesting tidbits.  Make sure you sign up to receive your copy via e-mail.  We hope you will enjoy it and submit suggestions to be included in future issues.  Feel free to send any of those suggestions to

Friday, August 23, 2013

This Month's Random Runner ... David Yon

Please join Capital City Runners in welcoming
David Yon as  August’s Random Runner.  

CCR:  As a child, what was your dream job?
David:  I don’t really think I wanted a job when I was a child.

CCR:  When did you start running?  Why?
David:  I started running on a regular basis in 1983.  I have always participated in a lot of sports activities, but once I graduated from college and started working it became harder to do enough of those activities to stay fit.  Running was probably just something to supplement flag football, tennis and softball at first.  Of course by the end of 1984 it had pushed everything else aside.

CCR:  What is one of your most awesome running memories? i.e. proudest, favorite, most memorable...
David:  Maybe finishing my first marathon (in Killearn) and doing so in just under 3 hours.  There are a million more though – a strong effort at Comrades Marathon (South Africa); running in Alaska (and a lot of other great outdoor places); running a marathon in Antarctica; looking down from high up on a bluff or cliff to see the covered bridge at the bottom, the Pacific Ocean to the left, and giant hill across the way with the baby grand piano waiting near the top knowing I had to run it all to finish the Big Sur Marathon; running Boston (especially the first year when I ran single file through the tunnel of women from Wellesley College); and the incredible friends I have made through GWTC.

David near the finish of the
2013 Palace Saloon 5K.
 CCR:  What is your current occupation:
David:  Practicing Law.

CCR:  If money were no object, what would you love to do?
David:  I love taking on life’s challenges the best way I can and hope I will always do continue to do that.  I can’t really look out there and identity one particular thing I would love to do if “money were no object.”  

CCR:  Do you have any indulgences?  What is your weak point?
David:  I very much enjoy good craft beers. 

CCR:  Do you have a favorite non-running hobby?
David:   I guess, if you can call writing a hobby, I enjoy it a lot and that would be it.  The pressure to produce something once a week, every week is not so fun.

CCR:  What are some of your most recent “reads”?
David:  I just read Stanley McChrystal’s memoir – My Share of the Task, I think it is called.

CCR:  Do you have any particular running Inspiration or personal motivator?
David:  I just love the activity and the sport so much.  There is just a wonderful link between the body in motion and one’s sense of being.  Running offers so much, from competition, to personal enjoyment, to health, to great friendships that it seems inseparable from what I am.  Of course injuries have a way of changing all that…

CCR:  What is your idea of “The Perfect Day”?
David:  Those days when at their end, I can put my head on my pillow and think “today was a good day, I met life’s challenges and opportunities with the best effort I had.”

David and his wife, Mary Jean,
on vacation earlier this year.

CCR:  What is your biggest challenge to staying motivated?
David: I really don’t have any problem staying motivated; the biggest challenge though I would say is staying healthy.

CCR:  How has Capital City Runners been a contributor or positive component of your running career/life-style?
David: Capital City Runners has been a great addition to Tallahassee and its running community.  I have loved working with the store every November when it becomes one of the hubs for the Tallahassee Turkey Trot!

Additional Comment:  David Yon commented at the 2011 annual Gulf Winds Track Club Awards about how he had walked into the shop shortly before Kevin and Nate opened it and looked around wondering if the shop would be open at Thanksgiving.  That was 2010.  David, we, at Capital City Runners, are happy to report it was decided that we are here to stay.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Voting is now open

The time has finally arrived.  Voting is now officially open for naming The CCR Runner Dude.  On-line voting will be available until August 29, 2013.  You may vote more than once (although you may only vote for one name at a time), and it's simple:  the name with the highest count wins.  

Cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. on the 29th.  Let's see what The Dude's name will be.

"Thank you for your participation!"

Friday, August 9, 2013

Travel Tales a.k.a. "Stories from Your Suitcase"

Destined to be a regular appearance on the blog are YOUR travel tales - "Stories from Your Suitcase" is one of the items that YOU have said you would like to see included on the blog.  Everyone has a story about running (or walking, or cycling, or tri-ing) while traveling.  Be it traveling to a race; running while on vacation; running during a business trip.  Everyone has a story.  We invite you to send YOUR story(s) to for inclusion in a future "issue."  Humor, success, lessons learned:  they are all what the rest of YOU want to hear.  Please share with us.

The first "Story from a Suitcase" is more a dispelling of rumor than an actual travel tale.  However, it does explain an upcoming travel event for the Capital City Runner Dude.  Ha!  Across the street into the new (Whole Foods) Miracle Plaza.  Boy, is his suitcase gonna be a big one.

Many of you have heard that Capital City Runners is moving.  YES!  Capital City Runners is moving across Thomasville Road into the new Miracle Plaza near Whole Foods.  With the explosion of the Midtown area, and the opportunity for a larger space, the fit seems like a fantastic idea.  Owners Kevin and Jonathan considered, then planned, and are now coordinating the move based on several factors.  Along with our current lease expiring in October, a move became a very viable option.

The first major factor was because of YOU!  Due to the overwhelming community support and patronage that CCR has received over the past three years, the shop is in a unique position to expand both its square footage and inventory potential.  However, the Midtown area is where we want to be and stay.  Currently being housed between two "going strong" restaurants left little chance of size expansion in our current location.  Thus, when the Miracle Plaza began development a near perfect opportunity presented itself.

It doesn't look like much now.  But, oh how those silver
tubes will keep the climate controlled in the new shop.

The next item Jon and Kevin worked into the thought process was the ability to increase the number of In-Store events.  If the shop had more floor space, then many different types of events become possibilities.  Also, if the parking is more readily available throughout the day, in-store events are much easier to facilitate and easier for YOU to attend.

The combination of shops and restaurants and Whole Foods in the new Miracle Plaza were also a key point on the Pro's list.  The foot traffic that promises to be generated by these shops and eateries will lend itself to a higher visitation rate at CCR.  Who wouldn't want to see their favorite, local run specialty shop move up in the world and continue to succeed?  That's right!  We knew that YOU would.

Stay tuned to this "channel" for updates, pictures, and fun information regarding the status of YOUR Runner Dude's travel across the way.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Name that "Runner Dude" - A growing list of suggestions

We are going to keep you up to date on the suggested names for the CCR Runner Dude until August 12 (when submissions will close).  Be sure to send your name suggestion to, or submit via Facebook or Twitter.  You may also submit via the "Comments" box at the bottom of this post.

We are anxiously awaiting your contribution to YOUR local run specialty shop.  Remember, Capital City Runners is a shop FOR runners BY runners.  YOU are a RUNNER!

Lil' Kevin
The Gov
C.C. Runner
Cal (short for Calorie)
Cal Burn
Rocket Man
Rod the Runner
Miles McSpeedy
Strider Lovespain

Friday, August 2, 2013

It is time... To name the CCR Runner Dude. Get in on the action!

Oh lawdy! How Freakin' Fabulous has your Friday been? It's been great at the shop, and the fun just keeps coming. Sales tax holiday. New deliveries of shoes, shoes, and more shoes. 
This guy needs a name.
Will you be the one to "Tag" him?

And, the "Name the CCR Runner Dude" discussion point has evolved into a CONTEST!!!! All suggestions thus far are eligible, so don't worry. Here's the nitty gritty:

1. Suggestions accepted until 8.12.2013 via Facebook, Twitter, or to

2. The Guys will select a series of names (5-7) and they will be posted on the blog for voting.  (

3. Voting will end on August 25, 2013.

4. The winning name and the person who submitted the name will be announced on August 31, 2013.

Winner will receive a CCR Running Singlet and entry into a TALLAHASSEE race of choice.

Let's hear what those creative, thinking shoes have got.Go!!!!!