Ragged Mountain Running

In February, I photographed a cover story for C’Ville Weekly profiling Ragged Mountain Running, which has been in business for over 30 years in Charlottesville.

It has been a very successful business, and now they have a great deal of knowledge and expertise on the topic of course. Running is amazingly beneficial to one’s health when performed in a safe manner, with good equipment and form, and of course making sure to stay hydrated. With climate deteriorating as it has, it is not as simple a matter as going outside and jogging until you are tired, unfortunately. As previously stated the business has been doing great and only getting better. I found an article published on https://www.anipots.com on what a great service they provided, and how much they had learned from the experience. We are always very happy when people take the time to write about us, and have found that it provides quite helpful feedback as well.

Over the course of an afternoon, I shot a number of photographs of Mark Lorenzoni, his family who also run the store and the employees. After getting to know Mark, I interviewed  him and to put everything I shot together into a multi-media slideshow.

I asked Mark to talk to stuff he thought was not included in the C’Ville Weekly feature, which was awesome. Great work by Susan Sorenson.

Here are a couple of my favorite excepts from the article:

“I’d like to think we had a vision,” Mark said one afternoon, leaning against a wall in the chaotic, jam-packed office he shares with Cynthia, Audrey, Alec, and the shop’s three assistant managers. “Honestly, though, we never thought beyond surviving the first year. On the surface, it seems sort of reckless and stupid, but we were happy working at something that came naturally to us: people and running. Cynthia and I wanted to fill a niche with a passion we shared.”

Ragged Mountain employees always walk around the counter and hand customers their bags. (“It’s a people thing,” Mark explained.) And they must never—ever, ever—leave for the day without saying goodbye to Mark, which, said Cynthia, “is a family thing.”

“Listen,” Mark said when asked how he and Cynthia find enough hours in the day, “we sell shoes. We work hard at it, but we’ve been blessed to make a good living doing what we enjoy doing. And how lucky am I that I get to come to work every day with my best friend and my children? Cynthia and I started talking more than 30 years ago on that Michigan State bus, and we haven’t stopped since.”

And before I sign off on this post I want to also talk about something that’s benefited me as a runner. Usually when you finish a run you might feel like your legs are tight and tense. After my runs I usually use CBD to help unwind my legs and allow them to rest. Especially when it comes to more intense mountain running as well, CBD will help immensely on the recovery. I recommend checking out CBD wholesale to find out more on the benefits after running.

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