Every move we make here at RPF now is an effort to be true to our hearts, true to what fits our model of small business, true to what feels intuitively right. This winter, that means a slight departure on our performance longsleeves from the fully sublimated 'art pieces' of past years to a locally printed, small quantity design. For me, running outside in the wintery cold will always have a peaceful, wondrous quality. The world becomes quiet, frozen, contemplative - something I was again hoping to capture - this time with very delicate, ultra simple line work in two stunning colors and soul stirring words.
Last month runners from across the country and around the world tuned in online to follow along with the inaugural Tahoe 200, a new (even longer) format of ultra running dreamt up and designed by Race Director Candice Burt. Scrolling through the pictures on day 1 of the event, I was thrilled to find an image of a strong, happy 'mystery' woman trucking along wearing our Mountains For Breakfast performance tee. We soon discovered she was Gia Dawn Madole and the RPF community followed her progress, all the way to a first place finish in 75hrs, 56min! Gia and I caught up recently for a phone chat where I got to learn even more about this inspiring woman. Enjoy!