Dick Pond Athletics was proud to accept the Ubuntu Award for community service presented by Balega at this year’s The Running Event in Austin Texas. The South African run specialty sock manufacturer has been presenting the award each year to a retailer that embodies the spirit of community service; going above and beyond to be involved and give back to the communities that support their retail locations.
In 2018 our St Charles manager Glen Kamps conceived the idea of the Progressive Marathon to run in conjunction with the training season of the annual Fox Valley Marathon and Half Marathon races. As a major sponsor, the store regularly hosts training runs and course preview runs for the race. Kamps realized there are many in the community who would love the sense of accomplishment that comes along with completion of a marathon, so he worked together with the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association to form the Progressive Marathon. A team of adults with special needs trained and ran 25 miles at their own pace over the summer and finished the final 1.2 miles on September 16th at the Fox Valley Races along with all the other runners.
“We are so excited that they’ll be able to say they ran a marathon,” Kamps said. “This is something they never thought they should, could, or would ever be able to do, and they’re going to do it.” You can watch a video documenting the experience here:
All Dick Pond locations are highly active in their communities with free running programs offered to athletes of all levels year round. Dick Pond was honored to accept this recognition of our efforts to support the communities who have supported us for 50 years.