Fleet Feet In The Community

Our Dedication to our Central New York Community

Fleet Feet Sports 6 Legged 5k
One of our best community projects, the 6 Legged 5K has generated more than $40,000,  all of which has been donated to the CNY SPCA.

Image: 6 Legged 5K

Fleet Feet Sports Shoe Donation Programs
More than 10,000 pairs of new and gently used shoes have been donated to local charities and special individual donations in the past 10 years. The Syracuse Rescue Mission, Upstate University Hospital, the Samaritan Center and other organizations have benefited from these donations.

Michael Kriesel Runnership
Named after long time Fleet Feet Sports Training Program member and supporter, Michael Kriesel, who was tragically killed in a car accident at just 22 years old. This program, founded in 2013, supplies at need individuals free entry into the No Boundaries Begin to Run Program. Michael was one of the most enthusiastic, inclusive and supportive people we have ever met and his legacy and spirit lives on with this program.

Image: Michael Kriesel Runnership

Fleet Feet Sports Food Drives
For more than 15 years, Fleet Feet Sports has conducted multiple food drives to help stock local food pantries. The CNY Food Bank, Salvation Army and countless local church food pantries receive these donations. Over 8,000 pounds of food collected to date.

CNY Race Directors Meetings
Since 2002, Fleet Feet Sports has organized, hosted and financially supported the annual CNY Race Directors Dinner and Meetings. Each year, more than 100 local race and event management personnel attend this meeting that addresses many educational topics to help local races and events operate more successfully.

Stand Alone Programs: Each year Fleet Feet Sports takes on a special project that will benefit the community.

The Samaritan Center, Syracuse
In 2015, Fleet Feet Sports held a Winter Blanket Donation during the month of December. For each piece of outerwear purchased at Fleet Feet Sports, we donated one blanket to the Samaritan Center. At the end of December, 160 blankets were donated.

In 2014, one of our staff members, Mary Scouten, introduced us to a cause close to her heart: volunteering at downtown Syracuse's Samaritan Center. Staff met at the Samaritan Center twice to serve breakfast and volunteer their help, and Mary helped organize the donation of hundreds of shoes to those in need there.

Image: Fleet Feet Staff at Samaritan Center

A Million Minds Program
In 2013, Fleet Feet Sports partnered with Time Warner Cable, New Balance and Syracuse University to help 15 teenage girls participate in a specially conducted begin to run program that ended with each of the girls running the Runapalooza 5K. All girls received a store tour, explanation of the footwear selection process, new running shoes, socks, shirts and shorts as well as a private 10-week training program.
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Pride in Syracuse Litter Clean Up Campaign
In 2012, Fleet Feet Sports coordinated local businesses and conducted a five-month litter clean-up campaign in the City of Syracuse. Over 600 people participated in one of the clean-up events and over $4,000 was also donated to local charities who participated.

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