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