On Friday, May 30th, Sekyen and I flew west across the country to Los Angeles. We went directly from the airport to Culver City, CA, where HeadBlade headquarters is located. HeadBlade is the world’s largest grooming products company for men who shave their heads. There we met with Todd Greene, founder and President of HeadBlade, Inc. Todd is also a Bowdoin alum who grew up in New England as well. Now he is an inventor and entrepreneur who believes that HeadBlade and The One Mile Runner are a great fit. Todd presented me a check for sponsorship, we had a photo shoot with Senior Designer at HeadBlade, Lin Mei, and made the business relationship “official.” Check out the product line at www.headblade.com
After the meeting, we drove out to picturesque Santa Barbara, CA that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara has a beautiful main street called State Street. This is an incredible course (a straight shot that goes slightly downhill without pounding out the quads). The State Street Mile is celebrating its 25th anniversary which began back in 1983 by Terry Howell – who is still running very fast today. It was fun to sprint down a vacant State Street on Sunday morning June 1st. I finished in 4:38 (2nd in my age group).
We flew to Phoenix after the race to see family that I have not seen in a while and to meet with my web designer. I will fly to Portland, OR on Thursday to participate in The Eugene Challenge Mile on June 7th and then observe the Prefontaine Classic track meet on June 8th.
HeadBlade Signs On as New One Mile Runner Sponsor
Posted in - My Daily Journal 2008.
University of California Santa Barbara Irina’s Alma Mater. She just about lived on State Street. I have visited SB and it is quite beautiful. Sort of Sarasota with mountains. Your time was outstanding! You seem to be holding up great. Headblade is right up my alley…I will be ordering from your new sponsor soon. In 1975 I ran a 00:48 440 in Eugene, OR. They had that famous coach then and everybody in the pro and NCAA’s was there. It’s still cool in Portland, we just left Seattle last week so it should make for perfect conditions, will you be running at the University? Hope so it was one of the first “Tartan” synthetic tracks. Good Luck on you Journey!
Jim and Irina