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What is your name and how long have you been going to Up and Running?
My name is Brett Bogan, and I have been a customer of Up and Running since the first year of their Dayton location, 2005.
What brought you to Up and Running originally?
I started running in 2003, and at the time, I was a novice when it came to knowing how to pick the right running shoes. I was looking for a store that would listen to my needs, take time to educate me, and partner with me in my running.
How is Up and Running different than other retailers in your area?
I had visited several other local running stores, and I was not satisfied with either the service or selection, or both. After my first visit to Up and Running, I knew I had found the store that would serve me for years to come. Buying a pair of shoes is more than just a transaction, it's an investment, as the most important piece of gear for runners. Up and Running understands that, and demonstrates to its customers through a personal touch, and its commitment to the community.
What’s one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had with Up and Running (volunteering, at an event or a group run, or whatever comes to mind)?
There are so many memories and friendships that started because of Up and Running, it is hard to think of just one. I'd have to go with a general category, the themed group runs, like the costume run around Halloween, and the ugly sweater run before Christmas. For me, running is a social activity, and Up and Running has created an environment that supports the running community and fosters relationships, and I'm thankful for that.
Why is it important to you to give back to your community?
I have always tried to connect my passions with helping others and trying to make the world a better place. As humans, we are not wired to live solitary lives. We are social beings, who benefit from being in community with others, and therefore we are called to serve and love our neighbors. Back in 2021, I felt a strong tug to start being more active in climate and environmental justice, both locally and globally. I was able to come alongside a new friend, who had recently created a Facebook group called Waste-Free Dayton, and we turned it into an official nonprofit. Now into our 3rd year as a nonprfit, we are growing, adding more long-term goals, and reaching more people. In addition to doing presentations in the community and sharing tips for living waste-free through our social media accounts, every month we go out into the community to do a litter cleanup. We may not be able to solve the litter problem in Dayton, but once a month we can show the community that people do care.