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Published:April 12th, 2011 10:23 EST

Courage, Strength, and Stamina - The Life of a Runner!

By Tom Ski

I always loved was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs. The legendary Jesse Owens said this, and this was one man who certainly knew his business.

Running is a lot like life.  It is one activity - one sport - that actually mirrors life in so many ways.  The courage and strength one needs to be able to stay on their feet when they would much rather be sitting down and resting; the stamina that`s required to cross the finish line, even when you know that the `first` has already accepted their blue ribbon - these are the qualities of life.  These are the qualities in a human being that need to be honed, practiced, and used.  And, the love and passion for life like the runner has for the feeling of achievement they experience every time their feet hit the ground, are the most important ingredients to achieve success. is a site built by, with, and for, the people who truly love the `escape;` the people who truly take pride in the enjoyment and power that comes from flying across every path in life.  The tranquility or competition of the run is true and utter magic.

Promoting running is what specializes in.  But not only to they speak about the `run` and the excitement of it all, they also stand for something.  They stand for the fact that running is actually a lifestyle, and they throw their amazing talent behind everything they do.

At, a reader is not only given incredible stories from the minds and souls of true runners, but they also get to study pictures of lovely locations that speak of yet another journey through life.  Contributors who are also a large part of offer everything from nutritional, exercise and diet information, to pure entertainment and fun.  Not to mention the site, itself, brings to the forefront incredible organizations that care for others.  Friendships are not the only things that are formed on - the platform also provides readers with a place where they can stand up and speak out for some truly amazing causes that need help and support. is a branch of its` sister site ( which has become one of the most trusted sites in the cycling community.  The strong, honest brand of has carried over to, with both sites offering sponsors the opportunity to target sport specific markets and have their brands linked with a truly worthwhile site promoting worthwhile causes.

Among these causes that highlight are:  The American Cancer Society; Girls on the Run, which is a tremendously fantastic organization that educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living; LIVESTRONG, The Lane Armstrong Foundation; Back on My Feet, which promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem; and, Orange Laces Nation. was begun when Darryl, the man who created, was spoken to by a friend named Jim who brought up the idea of expanding the brand into the world of running.  Darryl contributes blogs and articles regarding nutrition and exercise tips for the `circle` that includes running and biking, but the everyday aspects of are `watched-over` by Brady.

Brady is a woman who will tell you that she would never have imagined becoming a runner when she was a child.  Frankly, `fun` was not the adjective she would`ve used to describe running.  Now fifteen years later `lacing up her shoes and heading outside is one of her most favorite things on the planet.  Like others who completely understand and love the freedom that running offers, Brady sincerely enjoys the mental escape and the independence that comes from running.  Not to mention, the ability to run for a worthy cause.

Another part of the team is Jim, who intrigues and entertains readers and fans by sharing his stories from the `trail.`  The thoughts, ideas, and dreams that are created while putting sneakers to pavement are infinite.  In fact, running offers the peace that people just don`t receive during the frantic hours of their fast-paced lives. 

Kelli is a registered dietician who works not only on Love The Bike`s team, but she also is a big part of Love The Run.  This incredible woman specialized (while at George Washington University Hospital) in cardiac disease, neurology, neonates, and diabetes.  So the information that comes from this team member is truly expert advice on preventative nutrition, wellness, and endurance sports.

Another team member of Love The Bike is also a huge part of the team.  Not only are her articles `killer-cool` material, but she is also part of the Girls on the Run program, which is an amazing organization that promotes good, healthy lives for girls.  And it is so great, as a parent, to see a site that focuses on giving kids and teens a place to converse and educate themselves.

This amazing website is so much more than just a blog.  The incredible amount of social interaction combine with the pages dedicated to humor and fun that appear in Tweet Chats, and on Facebook and Twitter.  The posts range from light and fun to heartfelt stories by the site`s authors and members.

And the sponsorship opportunities are too good for companies to miss out on. offers a great marketing platform for companies and their brands.  These fantastic `Loving` sites have created such a solid name for themselves in the industry, that to be highlighted by them would be a true accomplishment and rare branding opportunity for any company.

Over the next few weeks, we will be delving into the world of running with, meeting the individuals who are true running `masters,` and offering readers a chance to team up with a truly wonderful site.

Until then, as Percy Cerutty once said:  Run hard, be strong, think big.

For More Information:!/lovingtherun