Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Old Running Shoes?

I recently bought new running shoes (the Saucony Hurricane Pro Grid 10 and I LOVE them) and have a bunch of old pairs that I do not wear. What to do with them?

There are several options:

Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear both new and used to those in need around the world. Soles4Souls has coordinated relief efforts for the Asian Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, netting over 1 Million pairs donated for these disasters.

Send your old running shoes to:
Alabama (Primary Warehouse Facility)
Soles4Souls, Inc.
315 Airport Road
Roanoke, AL 36274

Soles4Souls, Inc.
619 Old Hickory Blvd.
Old Hickory, TN 37138

Soles4Souls, Inc.
Foreign Trade Zone #89
6620 Escondido Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

For more information, go to www.soles4souls.org, call (615) 391-5723, or e-mail info@giveshoes.org.

Hope Runs
Hope Runs is a non-profit group working in Kenya and Tanzania, using athletics, education, and social entrepreneurship to empower AIDS orphans. They accept donations, including running shoes.

Visit www.hoperuns.org for details.

Shoe4Africa is a charitable organization whose mission is "empowerment through sports and education, creating unique health initiatives, and promoting Aids awareness."

Note: All shoe donations from America must be sent via Airmail.

Send your old running shoes to:
c/o Monicah Kiplagat
PO Box 6943
Eldoret, Kenya

Visit www.shoe4africa.org or e-mail info@shoe4africa.org for more information.

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
Grinds your old running shoes into material that makes athletics and playground surfaces.

Send your old running shoes to:
Nike Recycling Center
c/o Reuse-A-Shoe
26755 SW 95th Ave.
Wilsonville, OR 97070

For more information about Nike Reuse-A-Shoe, go to: nikereuseashoe.com or call 800-344-6453. In the MKE area, you can take your old shoes to any In Step Running Store to donate them to Nike Reuse-a-Shoe.

One World Running
Since 1986, a group of runners in Boulder, Colorado, has collected, washed and sent to Third World countries new and "near-new" athletic shoes along with other athletic equipment.

For more information about One World Running, and what kind of shoes you can send to them, please visit boulderrunning.com or call (303) 473-1314 or (303) 828-4391.

The Shoe Bank

Founded in 1989, the Shoe Bank provides shoes for twenty thousand people every year - primarily children, both here and abroad.

Send your old running shoes to:
Michael Barringer
Shoe Bank
205 Becky Lane
Rockwall, TX 75087

For more information about the Shoe Bank, go to www.shoebank.org or contact Michael Barringer at 971-771-7658 or michaelbarringer@sbcglobal.net

Heart and Sole
Provides new and gently used shoes to the poorest of the world's people. Since the project began in 1999, more than 6,000 pairs of shoes have been shipped around the world.

Send your old running shoes to:
Ann Cook
A314 East Fee Hall
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1316

For more information go to www.com.msu.edu or contact Ann at Ann.Cook@hc.msu.edu

Warren Striders Track Club, Inc.
Provides running shoes to local and area low/moderate income families who often are unable to purchase adequate running shoes to their children.

Send your old running shoes to:
Jack Thornton, Jr.
Head Coach/Program Director
P.O. Box 3440
Warren, Ohio 44485

For more information, go to warrenstriderstrackclubinc.com, or contact Jack Thornton, Jr. at 330.372.6252 or jthorntonjr1@msn.com

Sole Responsibility
A non-profit organization formed by a group of runners in Ottawa, Canada who donate gently used running and walking shoes overseas.

Send your old running shoes to:
Sole Responsibility
83 Place Road,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1L 5B9

For more information, go to www.soleresponsibility.org/ or contact Jennifer North at 613-240-4300.

Source: Runnersworld.com

Well, 12 more days until the marathon. I'm not feeling that confident about it, especially if this beautiful weather (read: too hot to run 26.2 miles) keeps up! Perhaps it is just the taper (read: hardly any running and sinus infection to boot) talking, but this is not going to be Amy's Best Marathon.


Claire said...

thanks for the shout out to Hope Runs!

We're still looking for more applicants for the 30 person team of our Hope Runs 777 Challenge *7 marathons, 7 continents, 7 weeks*

Would you consider posting on your blog?


Claire from Hope Runs

Parker said...

Thanks for the information... I too have some old shoes collection...