Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Runners SET... "CRACK" ... and Race Begins...

So Mark and I are "off and running" (Ha. Get it?) on this new adventure of creating a new business/running company.  Our blog will range from plugging regional and national events to covering topics such as running injuries, annoyances, quirky stories and the like. We may even have a shameless plug from time to time encouraging you to buy our shirts/products.

So how did "we" get to this point??  Great question... but, first things first: who are “we?” My name is Greg and I am co-owner in the business Run The Race, LLC.  Mark, is my business partner (and friend) and equal share holder in what we will refer to as runtherace121 (I can type that faster.) :)  Now most people who are taking notes are saying, "WHOAH... hold the phone... Business Partner and Friend?  That's a little dangerous... I thought I always heard not to mix business with pleasure?”  Well that is true; however, this business has a little different focus. Which of course brings me back to...

"How did we get to this point?"

Well, it all started on one of Mark and my many runs... about 5-6 years ago as we were training for Grandma’s Marathon - located in Duluth, MN. (For those not familiar with Minnesota or the race.)  During one of these runs we began talking about having a vision of opening up a running store... Our thoughts have always been to open an upscale running store in our small town... however, before one just opens up a running store, marketing research/due diligence must be done to determine whether the market will support said store... so, as we do this, we have decided to create this business in stages... so the first stage is to launch an internet site / T-shirt business... eventually hoping to move toward the brick and mortar store.

So recently, I was talking with Mark and he mentioned how he felt like he needed a new challenge... at the time I was "in between jobs" (which makes me sound like a slacker... but really, I opted out of a bad situation at work and stood firm on the convictions that I had... I was working for a couple of friends as a hired hand on their farm until I could re-enter my profession... so I wasn't really “unemployed" but I was technically between jobs.)   ANY way, I asked him... "So, if you are looking for a challenge, why don't we start the running company we have talked about?" And after much prayer, thoughts, planning and consideration...


Viola!  Here we are.  RuntheRace121.com  

Now back to mixing the business with pleasure deal... the unique foundation of this company is that we have decided to take every dollar of profit (minus investments and expenses) and use it to bring glory to the Lord.  We will either donate this money to established ministries OR use the money to help people in need.  So while we are, indeed, looking to make a profit, it is not for our own personal gain, but rather to build a company that is founded on the Lord and is in existence for Him and Him alone.  As you can tell by the verse on the top of the page, the business is founded on Hebrews 12:1 (hence runtherace121) which states: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us…”


So… we are off… Running this Race that the Lord has marked out for us. While the first 6 months have moved along at a slower pace (in order to plan accordingly and ensure that we have built a proper foundation) the last 3 weeks have moved at a pace equivalent to about 9.5 miles per hour…


At this pace, we will reach our goal in no time... and we may even qualify for Boston!   :)

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