Brooklyn Runner


Places to Donate Old Running Shoes
September 23, 2008, 9:23 am
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Photo by doviende.
Photo by doviende.

What to do with used running shoes has become an annual dilemma for me. It’s that time of year when it seems like you need a new pair of shoes every five minutes. Locally, any Jack Rabbit Sports location will accept used shoes for donation. A manager at a store once told me they see to it that the shoes go to needy people, but didn’t elaborate.

Runner’s World has a list of organizations where you can send used shoes, many of which send them on to places where people are truly in need and where a pair of high quality running shoes would make a big difference in someone’s life. My favorites are Hope Runs, a nonprofit working in Kenya and Tanazania that uses athletics, education and social entrepreneurship to empower AIDS orphans, and Shoe4Africa, whose mission is “empowerment through sports and education.”

Please take advantage of an opportunity to be gracious and give out of the wealth that we all possess. Anyone able to own a single pair of running shoes in this country is wealthier than the vast majority of the world’s population.

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Be charitable: donate your running shoes
November 7, 2007, 5:59 pm
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I picked up an interesting fact somewhere along the way while preparing for Marine Corps (I can’t find it now — ugh!) but it was a curious statistic: Marathon finishers are wealthy when compared to the general population. There was a set of stats that looked at the marathon finishers on a number of indicators, and income was one of them.

Which makes it all the more appropriate to be charitable by donating your “old” running shoes to a good cause. . .

Jack Rabbit Sports is taking donations of old running shoes at its Brooklyn location on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, to be shipped to an organization in Africa. And, a member at Prospect Park Track Club has collected shoes for a small impoverished African village for the past two years.

Kind of puts things in perspective . . . A $100 pair of shoes that have been run in for 400 miles are of no use to me as a runner anymore, and most runners I know spend that amount on shoes alone three times over just in one year. But the person on the receiving end of those Asics or Nikes or whatever would probably not see $100 in an entire year.

Just one way to make you realize we are a wealthy people living in America.