Fleet Feet In The Community

Our Dedication to the Central New York Community

Fleet Feet Six Legged 5k
One of our best community projects, over the last nine years, the Six-Legged 5K has raised more than $70,000 for local animal charities. The 2018 race is scheduled for Sunday, April 8. Register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Liverpool/6Legged5k


Fleet Feet 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.


Shoes for Houston 
After devastating floods in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Fleet Feet, Syracuse partnered with Fleet Feet stores across the country to collect and donate shoes for those in need. Fleet Feet, Syracuse collected and shipped hundreds, if not thousands, of pairs of new and used shoes and T-shirts to Houston-area flood victims. We also lead efforts that resulted in more than 170 Fleet Feet stores to sell special T-shirts, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross. 

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Supporting local student athletes
Fleet Feet, Syracuse recognizes that the future of running is youth. That's why we are proud to support the local youth running scene with regular monetary and product donations to teams and athletes in need. 


Supporting local charities, fundraisers and races
In 2017, Fleet Feet donated hundreds of gift certificates to Central New York nonprofits, organizations, races and events to be used to raise funds and as awards for race winners, volunteers and supporters. When someone asks, we say yes! 


Michael Kriesel Runnership

Named after long time Fleet Feet 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 Food Drives
For more than 15 years, Fleet Feet 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 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.

Over the years, Fleet Feet has taken on special projects in the community.

The Samaritan Center, Syracuse
In 2015, Fleet Feet held a Winter Blanket Donation during the month of December. For each piece of outerwear purchased at Fleet Feet, 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 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.
Image: A Million Minds Program

Pride in Syracuse Litter Clean Up Campaign
In 2012, Fleet Feet 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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