by Lionel Brahim Brodie III
Anno Domini 2004. Three (3) years after graduating from THEE Villanova University and now working for a basketball brand that some of you have never heard of. And if you have, you'll smile upon reading it: And 1. Hot Take: And 1 is the fourth best basketball brand of all time! Nuclear Take: there was a period of about 18 months, around about ’04 actually, when And 1 was the hottest basketball brand on the planet. I said it. @ me!
Two thousand and four. I had yet to run my first mile. First 400. First 100! I mean I played basketball, but that's a much different type of running. And even then, I was three-point line to three-point line. Guard the perimeter.....race to the other trey ball line and hoist up ridiculous trifectas. Chris Webber is my favorite player of all-time, but I played more like John Starks. If I'm hot.....Death Valley. If I'm cold.....East Antarctica Plateau.
4 years after The Millennium. Community to me means my extremely select friend group of cool kids. THAT small group of sorority girls, athletes, and fraternity brothers. Think Gossip Girl on the Main Line. I was mainly Daniel Humphrey (I'm from West Philadelphia) and sometimes Charles Bass. I have this theory that Humphrey graduated from Saint Jude's School for Boys, something goes terribly wrong at New York University, and he then becomes Joseph Goldberg from You. Ya know, Dan was an aspiring writer, Joe works in a bookstore.....make it make sense.
Y2K + Four. Philadelphia Runner opens its doors to the city for the first time. In the last score (that's 20 years, shoutout to Abraham Lincoln), we have grown into the store to visit and website to browse when looking for the latest and greatest in running footwear, apparel, accessories, and nutrition to fulfill your walking, jogging, training, running, and racing needs.
And to help us to commemorate 20 years of Philadelphia Runner, our Vintage Logo has returned. We'll party all year, but let's begin with a capital 'C' Cozy sweatshirt, complimented by equally comfy tees. This entire capsule is the perfect addition to your Philadelphia Runner collection and wardrobe! You can take these pieces out for a run, jog, or walk. You can throw these on when watching the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, Phillies, and Union. Oh, and THEE Villanova Wildcats. And anything in between.
On each item, our vintage logo is paired with our current logo serving as the perfect bridge from our past to our present.
I believe in giving my friends the answers to the test when I have them. And here they are: these everyday staples are gonna "Fly, Eagles Fly" (ok, REALLY bad bit here, but I couldn't resist) off of the shelves. I purchased the first crewneck yesterday. The person behind me in line.....also buying a Vintage Logo shirt. If you have any leftover holiday funds or a Philadelphia Runner Gift Card with a balance.....do the right thing.
As you wear these tees and crews, remember: think of us as Your Community and We Run Philadelphia! We're looking forward to supporting more races, clubs, groups, and causes. We're eager to share more walks, runs, tears, and cheers.
Philadelphia Runner is World Headquarters for Philly’s entire running scene. And this collection, currently playing exclusively at our four store locations and online, begins our celebration of where it all began.....
PR Center City: 1711 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
PR University City: 3621 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
PR Manayunk: 4358 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA
PR Glen Mills: 505 Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills, PA