The end of one era. The beginning of another.
After walking from San Jose to San Francisco in a single 24-hour period (and then doing it again the next year) we felt like it was such a rewarding experience that we would encourage other people to undertake the same 52.6-mile walk. To make it feel more official we founded an annual event around that idea called The Commute.
Between 2011 and 2014 we were very happy to host The Commute as a fully supported event/challenge. We were joined by some of the most interesting, kindest, most determined people we have ever had the pleasure to meet.
As the demands of our lives changed over the years–building careers, changing jobs, and starting families–we had less and less time to do the necessary preparation, marketing, and planning to bring an improved event to life. In 2015 we decided to take a break from The Commute with the hope that we might pull it together for a walk in October. We couldn’t.
Late last year we made the choice to let go of The Commute as a supported event. We’ve dissolved the company we started to host it.
But it hasn’t gone away. Not entirely.
The Commute 2016; A local badge of honor.
The Commute lives on as a free DIY challenge walk, as a group, and as an online community.
That means the maps, signage, food, beverages, and volunteer support crew won’t be there any longer. You’ll have to be extra prepared, carry your own supplies, and have a plan in place for emergencies. But we will be posting all our collected knowledge about how to attempt the walk on your own: tips on gear, a suggested training schedule, and everything else you’ll need to prepare for a solo walk.
For those interested in training for and doing the walk with a group, you can train and walk with us. We’ve made a training calendar which leads up to the date which we plan to do the walk: June 4th-5th 2016.
Walking The Commute is a daunting undertaking, even with support, and a solo walk is an even greater challenge. Facing that difficult journey, however, is a unique reward shared by a dedicated few. If you think you’re ready to be one of those few you’ve come to the right place.
Stay tuned for preparation advice, tips, news, group walks and more.
See you out there.