Nearly 100 Ver­non, B.C. res­i­dents help run­ning store move 1,200 pairs of shoes

Canadian Running - - RUNNING NEWS -

The Start­ing Block i n Ver­non, B.C., lo­cated i n the Okana­gan i n the south­ern re­gion of the prov­ince, moved lo­ca­tions re­cently and had about 1,200 pairs of shoes to trans­port.

To help with the move, nearly 100 lo­cal res­i­dents showed up to form a bucket brigade, an ex­tended line of peo­ple who pass items one-by-one to each other, prov­ing that the run­ning scene in Canada is one of the most tight knit com­mu­ni­ties around.

“We moved about 1,200 pairs of shoes in 75 min­utes,” owner Wendy Schroeder said via email. “We were open un­til 5 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 27 in the old lo­ca­tion and opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 29 in the new lo­ca­tion.”

Res­i­dents lined up an arm’s length apart and passed shoes to each other in a rather unique form of trans­port­ing goods from one store lo­ca­tion to the other.

The Start­ing Block is one of the only run­ning stores in Ver­non, a city of ap­prox­i­mately 40,000, and its sur­round­ing ar­eas. The store first opened in July 2002 and con­tin­ues to spon­sor lo­cal run­ning events.

The store moved lo­ca­tions to 3100 29th Ave. in Ver­non’s city core, ap­prox­i­mately 110 m from the previous lo­ca­tion at 3107 30th Ave.– TH

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