The act of running is pretty mundane. All it takes is putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes that happens at a quick pace, sometimes it’s at a steadier pace, but no matter how “fast or slow” someone might be, it’s all technically the same. Maybe a variation in the distance an individual goes, but overall… similar.
In major cities, such as Chicago, we have a number of running organizations, clubs, and stores to support people who enjoy that fast-paced “one foot in front of the other” sport. The same goes in Dublin, Ireland. After wandering around the Temple Bar area of Dublin, you’ll probably stumble on Runlogic, a cross-roads running store owned by Ash Seynik. At the shop you’ll not only find your running necessities, but also a gait analysis area, and a cafe. I found another similarity between Dublin runners and Chicago runners, and that’s how we define ourselves. Here’s Seynik:
But there’s some differences too, of course. Runlogic also offers morning running tours of the city every day — all it takes is a quick email to Seynik, a handful of Euro, and the runners are set. Besides the tourism aspect, Dublin also offers multiple ways for runners to become active in the community. Here’s Seynik:
One of those clubs is the Crusaders Athletic Club. The club has over 650 active members, and on a Tuesday night in the middle of January, roughly 150 of them showed up to run around the track. Michael McGovern, the president of the club, gave some insight as to why:
Some notable members of the Crusaders Athletic club that were present was one of their coaches: the 1956 Gold Medalist in the 1500 meter dash, Ron Delaney. And Matthew Behan, an international 110-meter hurdler, who is currently ranked 12th in Europe and a contender for the 2020 Olympics. Here’s Behan:
But there’s also opportunities for those who are looking to run more for recreation and to stay fit, even while on a busy schedule, through the power of the internet. Here’s Seynik:
And the big question: Are Dublin runners more of speed demons or distance chasers? Maybe it’s similar to Chicago in the fact that you probably won’t ever get a straight answer. Maria Heatherington, one of the coaches at the Crusaders, shared her thoughts:
So did Susan Walsh, another one of the leaders of the club.
All in all, the running scene in Dublin doesn’t differ too much from that of Chicago. Although there’s no Lakefront Path, the motion (and the people) are all the same. Kind-hearted, and a little crazy for loving the feeling of the simple movement of one foot falling in front of the other. For Columbia College Chicago, I’m Erika Kooda.