When Brian Kelley started running with a training group 10 years ago, he showed up in basketball shoes and long shorts. He knew nothing. But the running community embraced him, and now he pays the love forward as The Pavement Runner and #WeRunSocial founder.
AFTER CROSSING 30 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON SERIES FINISH LINES, WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST STORY? One year a group of people ran San Antonio in the morning and then hopped on a plane to Las Vegas and ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll there that night. I think there might have been 50 or 60 of us. Rock ‘n’ Roll fully supported the idea, even letting us use the Spurs facilities to shower. People from that race are all still connected—the SA2LV crew.
WHY DO YOU LIKE TO DO SO MANY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RACES? Any time there is a Rock ‘n’ Roll, we are looking at how many medals are possible. You have the Saturday and Sunday races, and you get the third medal for doing both. Sometimes there are two races on Sunday and if you can run the first race fast enough and get back to the start line, you could sneak in an extra medal. It’s crazy!
HOW SHOULD A NEW RUNNER DECIDE WHICH ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO DO? It’s about looking at what aspect excites you the most. If you are a foodie, go to Seattle. If you want touristy stuff, in San Francisco you run across the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are alone, San Diego is the best fun atmosphere. Las Vegas is the party race for groups. And Arizona or San Jose offer flat courses—perfect for PRs (personal records).
HOW CAN PEOPLE BE PART OF #WERUNSOCIAL? It’s more of a state of mind. Basically any time you use the hashtag, you are part of the community. Las Vegas probably has the most numbers, but San Diego is always where #WeRunSocial hosts an after-party.