Step by Step: Together
Big Peach Running Company was the platinum sponsor for Memorial Day LIVE. LOVE. LIFE event held at the new county high school. There were more than 275 participants who together raised $64,000 for the American Wellness Society.
One of the most interesting reports given during the box lunch session was the fact that students and other participants had collected 10,000 pairs of used sneakers. Instead of going to the landfill, these shoes will be ground up and the rubber parts will be turned into ground cover used in local playgounds.

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The next week we joined a small group of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) on a tour of the brand new Big Peach Running Company distribution center. We learned that this one center supplies all 7 of the retail stores. In addition to providing 21 new jobs, locating this facility here in our community will save over 300,000 delivery miles per year, and that is better for everyone.
Mike Cosentino, the BPRC "Chief Running Officer" showed up at the end or our tour with a surprise for all the students. Mr Cosentino took us to the returns and defects section of the distribution center and told us all to pick out a FREE pair of shoes. In the past these returned shoes would have been destroyed, but in a unique arrangement with the manufacturers, BPRC has been given permission to donate these shoes to those in need.
Business Success Starts with Service
Mr Steve Demoss, who is also one of BPRC's "Chief Running Officers", told us how even when Big Peach was being run out of their home garage, that they were already giving back as part of their way of doing business. A fellow student asked "How much do you think you have donated during the lifetime of your business?" and Mr. Demoss tossed his hands up and said "I just don't know".
Mr. Cosentino then added, it's not the dollar amount, it's the commitment. "Just like when you decide that you are going to run your first 5K, you have to mentally accept the goal and never waiver." [Although they were very cagey with us, the answer posted on their website turns out to be 10%]
The final surprise from Big Peach Running Company is for all of YOU. The first 50 students (school ID required) at each store can use this barcode to get a special savings offer of Buy One Pair regularly priced shoes and get one pair of UTLEY intro trainers free.

Big Peach Gives Back