Saturday, February 13th
Fleet Feet West Reading x Opportunity House
The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. from the West Reading Playground Pavilion
On Saturday, February 13th, several runners from across Berks County will jog across the Buttonwood Street bridge with teddy bears in hand. Fleet Feet will be partnering with Opportunity House for their 3rd annual Teddy Bear Trot. The Teddy Bear Trot will be sponsored by one of Fleet Feet’s footwear brands, Karhu (Finnish for the word, Bear). We ask that each runner bring a brand NEW teddy bear to the run that will be donated to Opportunity House. Join us at 8:30 a.m. as we begin our charitable 4 mile fun run through the streets of West Reading!
The Teddy Bear Trot
To kick-off the day, runners will congregate at the West Reading Playground Pavilion. Led by Zach Barker (Manager of Fleet Feet West Reading) and Kate Alley (Chief Development Officer at Opportunity House), The Teddy Bear Trot will wind through West Reading and across the Buttonwood Street Bridge. Runners will arrive at Opportunity House on North 2nd Street in Reading. Opportunity House provides assistance and programs to several people throughout Reading, including children that utilize the homeless shelter and learning center. Once all runners arrive at the shelter, the teddy bears will be donated to children utilizing a program at Opportunity House called the Children’s Alliance Center. The run will continue past RAAC, across the Schuylkill River and back through the streets of Wyomissing to the West Reading Playground Pavilion.
Karhu is a footwear brand that is exclusive to Fleet Feet. Karhu teamed up with Fleet Feet to design a first-of-its-kind running shoe from the concrete up. The legendary Finnish running brand compiled 100,000 three-dimensional foot scans from Fleet Feet’s fit id system to build the Ikoni and Fusion. The result is a dynamic trainer optimized for every runner.
Participants in The Teddy Bear Trot will be able to wear-test the Karhu Ikoni and the Karhu Fusion for the 4 mile fun run.
The Teddy Bear Trot will be an excellent way to show love to the people of Reading. Join us on February 13, ready to run with a NEW teddy bear in hand! Sign up for this year’s event via our run signup link. Runners are required to sign an event/Covid protocol waiver and will be split into groups of 20 to embark on the run. This measures are being taken to keep everyone safe as we continue through the global pandemic.