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Elite Feet sets the pace for Blue Water running community – By Calli Newberry

Photo is courtesy of Greg Whitican, Elite Feet.

By Calli Newberry

They say if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.

And going together is exactly what Greg Whitican, the owner of the Elite Feet Running Store in downtown Port Huron, is encouraging. 

“I think it’s important because it builds friendships,” Whitican said. “It also helps people who may need motivation to get out the door and go running if they know they’re going to go to Elite Feet on Saturday morning and meet a group of people. They might be their same pace, or maybe they’re not a runner, maybe they’re a walker, but they’re looking for somebody to do that activity with, they can come here and do that.”  

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Last Saturday, a group of men and women met outside the running store for a morning run or walk through the downtown streets, and later, they even enjoyed some pancakes provided by Whitican and his team at Elite Feet. 

He said this was the first Saturday morning “pancake run” of the summer, and after the great turnout, he’s hoping to host more. 

“I thought with so much going on downtown now in the summertime, I’m going to try to host these breakfast runs on Saturday mornings at least twice a month,” Whitican said. “You’ve already got yoga going on at McMorran at 8 a.m. and they had 30 people over there, and I had like 30 people over here with the run club and breakfast afterward, so by 9 o’clock Saturday morning you couldn’t find anywhere to park down here. It was cool.” 

To find out when the next Saturday morning pancake run will be, make sure to follow Elite Feet on Facebook for future announcements, and in the meantime, runners and walkers looking to join an active community can meet on Thursday nights at the store as well. This running club is free for anyone and meets at 5:30 p.m.

“Everyone is welcome, runners and walkers. We have a couple people who don’t run at all, they walk, and you’ve got your faster runners and you’ve got your beginner runners,” Whitican said.

People of all paces and ages take part in this club as Whitican said even several high school runners often attend. Those who are younger than high school age, however, should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. 

“Another thing we’re working on is getting a Couch to 5K program set up here at Elite Feet,” Whitican added. 

Max Whittredge, a Blue Water Area native and graduate of Spring Arbor University, will be developing the program. He was a six-time national qualifier in cross country and track and field during his collegiate career, earning several conference titles and All-American honors along the way. The program will provide a clear, safe, and effective roadmap for new runners —and those looking to get back into running — to prepare for a 5K race at the end of the summer. 

Between the reemerging running community and abundance of new stores, restaurants, and activities downtown, Blue Water Area residents have plenty to look forward to this summer. 

“It’s the camaraderie of chatting and looking around town and saying, ‘Wow Port Huron is really coming back,’ and it really has,” Whitican said.  

For a list of road races in the community this summer, check out this guide to Blue Water Area road races: https://bluewaterhealthyliving.com/your-guide-to-blue-water-area-summer-road-races-by-calli-newberry/

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