Ask Miles Anything: Donating Gear and Running Nude (?)

Miles is back again!
This cute little guy is the new mascot for Foot Traffic, one of the most well-respected running stores in Portland and SW PDX. Each month we will be doing an AMA with Miles (stay tuned to our Instagram) and posting his responses here! Here is our January, February, and March interviews – and make sure you read on for some new questions from our readers this month!
Q. Miles, I have so much gear! Can I donate my running gear I no longer need?
A. That’s a great idea! Not everyone is blessed with a supple, built-in running sweater like yours truly, so I can imagine that gear can start to build up as you update and replace. If you ever want to donate your gear quickly, our best suggestion is to talk to your local high school cross country or track coach and see if there’s a need there. The other option is to talk to your local running store, like Foot Traffic. They may have an event or connections on where those items can go. Just make sure they can be washed clean. Wearing an old running shirt can almost be as bad as wearing someone’s old socks. Jackets, pullovers, pants, and accessories are often the best way to go.

Q. Miles, there is a nice run coming up. Can I dress up as you and still run? I mean … You run nude all the time, right?
A. I can envision it now–a new race where EVERYONE dresses like Bigfoot and everyone is served beautiful Bigfoot burgers and Sasquatch Brewing beer afterwards. The Sasquatch Scamper, they’ll call it! In the meantime, yes, you should dress exactly like me and take lots of photos. Unless you are saying that dressing like me constitutes running nude (which I think maybe you are), in which case, please don’t. We only bike nude here, dude.

Thanks Miles! See you next month!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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