Today’s post was written by Peter Blair of Pacers
Yes, Pacers is a run specialty store that sells running shoes, clothes, accessories but it is more, it is a place that builds and fosters community. Through running, Pacers has built a community of people who regularly come to Old Town Alexandria to participate in multiple running activities that allow them to partake in more than just running in Old Town Alexandria. The community is not just made up of residents of Old Town Alexandria, it comprise people from Prince William County, Fairfax County, Arlington and the District of Columbia.
What builds that community that draws over 70 people per week to Pacers and Old Town Alexandria, it is the Fun Runs that Pacers sponsors. There are four fun runs a week, of which three are based out of the Pacers store on King Street. The fourth has different start points but always draws the runner to Alexandria for coffee and shopping after the run.
On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, 20-30 runner congregate in front of Pacers and participate in a runs that crisscross the city. Before and after the runs, the runners enjoy the ambiance and variety of stores, restaurants and other activities within Old Town. On Saturdays, the run starts at various points but many of runner end up staying around Alexandria shopping, brunching and just walking around.
Pacers, also, host a once a month Brunch run on Sunday that draws many of same runners to the Pacers store for pancakes and other fun food. We run through town and then return to the store for brunch. After the brunch, many of the runners fan out through Old Town to enjoy all that it has to offer.
There is always a Christmas Lights run where the group runs through Old Town stopping at various points to serenade anyone who will listen with Christmas songs.
The weekday fun runs start at 7:00 pm and are open to runners of any age and ability. The course offers various distance from 3-6 miles. Monday’s run is a cross training run. The Saturday runs and the Sunday Brunch runs are announced in the weekly Fun Run email which you can receive by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come be part of the community and enjoy a fun part of the Old Town Experience.