Passion, serious amounts of energy, and their love for community, that’s what drew these two moms together to build Stridemob Events. Sarah Pirlot and Jeanie Brevoort met while serving on the board of directors for a local triathlon club. After spending a few years planning, organizing, putting on events, and encouraging members of the triathlon club, an opportunity to produce a trail running race was presented to them. “With a few bottles of wine and the excitement of the opportunity, StrideMob was born!”, says Pirlot.
The Lincoln Lollipop was their first organized race in 2015 (Now the Lincoln Mountain Trail Run). With some pressure to move quickly, they pulled together this local trail running race in about 5 weeks. “We had 42 people register and we were a mess”, says Brevoort. Prior to race day, they went to bed at 2am and were up and at the course by 4:30am for a race that started at 9am. “Yes, we still laugh about this today, but racer experience is so important to us and we wanted it to be perfect”, says Pirlot. Both of these moms had a blast and their passion is easy to feel…it is just plain contagious. “Twenty races later, our focus remains fixed: We strive to produce great races that we ourselves would want to participate in”, says Brevoort.
Stemming from that first race, they have reached out to the local running community. Creating their own following of runners, partnering with other run camps, clubs and trainers, Stridemob has built quite a tribe or family of runners and relationships. For 2017 they have 18 events in their calendar. Each one of these event is an experience of its own, with exciting venues that include the Air Force Base in Colorado Springs and distances from 5k to a ½ Marathon.
It’s hard to say exactly what sets Stridemob apart from the other running events and race directors. However, the overall experience is clearly making the difference. All runners that are 13 years or younger ALWAYS run for FREE and they get all the same swag and perks as any other participant in the race (no adult entry is required). Music is a must. Every start begins with an inspirational quote and ends with volunteers giving each runner a high five.
Racers have many options in Colorado and the gals of Stridemob Events know it. They are building a community. They celebrate the final finisher as loudly as the first. They are inspired and fueled by their racer’s and their stories. They are aware that when a runner lines up on the starting line, they may have endured real struggles just to be there. “We know life has its ups and downs and often takes more motivation than you have to get out and challenge yourself to be better, but we want to celebrate you and your efforts at each race.”, says Pirot.
“It may sound cliché, but Stridemob is not just what we do, it is truly who we are in our core, and we get to do this for a living.”, Says Pirlot. “Yes, we are truly blessed by what we do and the people we have the privilege to serve.”, says Brevoort.
To learn more about Stridemob and see their 2017 calendar go to http://www.stridemob.com