Who We Are
Mile Markers Along The Way
This was the year for exciting new product development. We launched our new running lifestyle apparel brand. We also added a super cool patented Medal Hanger Lamp, a 2018 motivational desk calendar, more inspirational and compression socks and loads of fun room décor products. Our company made an investment in more production equipment to be able to make many of our new products here in the USA. Our virtual race series had a banner year with thousands of runners participating across the country and we were so proud to be able to donate thousands of dollars to several awesome charities.
We are a dog friendly office and we added a new running partner, Meika, our energetic Siberian Husky. Our talented team has grown and we still proudly make many products 'to order' here in the USA! Many of us ran together in several races this year, including the NYC Marathon, supporting the Achilles Foundation. Gone For A Run was featured in several gift guides and magazines including, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, New York Times & many more!
Launched the Gone For A Run Virtual Race Series. As part of our company mantra to 'run it forward', our virtual race series donates a percentage of the registration fees to a designated charity. Our founder, Julie, qualified and ran her first Boston Marathon. She also continues to run the NYC Marathon, supporting the Achilles Foundation, helping disabled athletes realize their dream of completing a great athletic accomplishment.
Recognized by Google as an ecommerce leader and presented with representing the eCity award in Norwalk, CT. With the expansion of our office and warehouse, we now have 26,000 square feet of space to create, make and market our line of running products. We share the space with our parent brand, ChalkTalkSPORTS, an ecommerce site featuring unique apparel and gifts for over 20 sports.
Launched PR Soles® recovery sandals. This sandal with 'acupoint® soles', has become a runner’s favorite recovery shoe. As the line continues to grow, so does its fan base. Gone For A Run had a booth at the Boston Marathon Expo and ran the 5K, crossing the famous finish line 48 hours before the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. Our company was honored to donate $25,000 to the Boston One Fund to help those affected in this tragic event.
Our head of marketing, Ryan, qualified and ran his first Boston Marathon in that record 80+ degree day. It was also the year of Hurricane Sandy. We received the news of the cancellation of the NYC Marathon while at our booth in the NYC Marathon Expo Center. Our office and warehouse, located less than a quarter of a mile from Long Island Sound in Connecticut, was flooded with 4 foot water lines on the building. The team rallied together and in less than a week, we were back shipping orders for the upcoming holiday season.
Traveled to running expos all over the country to spread the word about Gone For A Run. Our signature product, the BibFOLIO®, a bib album to store, preserve and showcase your race bibs is created. Additionally, many new products are launched, including medal hangers, apparel, socks, ornaments and jewelry.
My son Ryan and I ran our first organized race, the NYC Marathon, in honor of my father. Training and then running the marathon, gave me the strength to get through that profoundly difficult time in my life watching my father suffer through a terminal illness. After that race, I was captivated by the power of running and was propelled to utilize my product development background to create products for runners to celebrate their accomplishments, stay motivated and fully embrace the running lifestyle. A few months later, GoneForaRun.com was established as an innovative and trusted gift source for runners.