Where Do You Run?

Posted on June 28, 2012

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Newport Beach, California (USA)

I live and run in Newport Beach, California. I live within 5 or 6 miles of the Pacific ocean. I run on the beach at least once a week. Where I run it’s sunny and warm (average temperature is 65 degrees) 360 out of 365 days a year!

Yes, I know I’m spoiled living here in sunny southern California. I consider myself one of the luckiest runners in the world.

So, Where Do You Run?

What’s it like where you run everyday? What’s it like to run in the places you travel to for vacation? What’s it like to run where ever you are?

We’ve thought about and pondered what it would be like to actually run on every trail, on every street, and in every neighborhood in the world. We know if one person actually tried to achieve the feat of running all over the world it would take more than a lifetime to complete.

Even though we are big dreamers here at The Run Project (TRP), none of us here are going to take the plunge and commit our lives to trying to achieve this Mt Everest of running dreams. Instead, we’d love to ask the runners who already live near and run on these running routes to tell us about these running routes and to take us on a run with them.

We haven’t officially launched the Where Do You Run? video submission campaign yet, but we’ve already received a few submissions. One from our co-founder, Ben Auerbach who is another ‘spoiled’ runner that lives and runs in Maui, Hawai’i. Check out his video below:

A more recent video submission from avid runner Brian Fuerst. His video submission is one of the most creative videos we’ve received yet. He took us on a run through the Grand Canyon. He somehow attached a camera to his hip and filmed various sections (if not all) of the entire 42-mile run he completed through the Grand Canyon. The video is longer than our typical 60-second video submission, but that’s ok. The 6-minutes it takes to enjoy this video is well worth the time.

Personally, I loved his video because it combined two elements that appeal to me:

1. It has running.
2. It took me on a run in a part of the world I haven’t been but hope to someday visit.

His video has gotten a lot of us at The Run Project very excited. His creative video will likely inspire other runners to come up with creative ways to share their running adventures with the running community via therunproject.com. We can’t wait to see what Brian and other runners come up with future submissions.

The Future of Capturing Running on Film

One idea we hope to see come true in the very near future are cameras within sunglasses runners can wear while running.

Check out Google’s Project Glass:

It looks like our dream might not be too far from reality after all!

Right now the only real feasable way to film a runner without the “earthquake” effect is by having a person on a bike or in a car filming the runner while they run. This is a great way to show others where you run, but this isn’t possible for everyone because not everyone has a camera crew on-call for their 5 am morning runs before work or to travel with them when they go on vacation to some remote location where there are great running trails.

As Brian’s video through the Grand Canyon shows us, it wouldn’t even be possible for a camera crew of one or more to film someone doing the run Brian and his friends did.

A pair of sunglasses with a camera built into it would resolve these challenges hands down. We think it would even revolutionize the appeal of running because the more well-made videos of runners taking us on different running trails and routes throughout the world the more inspired others will be to courageously take their first steps to see if it feels like what it looks like–absolute freedom!

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