City Sports was hosting a grand opening party for their Chestnut Hill location with a fun run 5k hosted by Nike and special guest Matt Light from the New England Patriots. I am that City Sports insider that has over 1000 points…so I figured as a loyal customer I would head out and see what the grand opening party was all about and do some investigation on what I will use my points for!
While I was on the T, I tweeted that I was heading to the grand opening. Rachel from Healthy Chicks tweeted back that she was going! I was pumped because even though I’m pretty social, it is always nice to know someone else when you are going to an event. We actually ended up being on the same T and walked over to find the store together.
We arrived to some die-hard City Sports fans there who arrived as early as 8 am when the event didn’t start until 10 am! Why did they get there so early? Well, the first 100 people in line would get a swag bag with a City Sports t-shirt, samples and gifts from some of their partners, but the most exciting part-a chance to win FREE shoes for a year! Rachel and I feel pretty VIP to head in early. And pretty VIP to be able to DJ for a little bit! I have to be honest, I think I might just be next Paulie D.
We got a full tour of the new store by Ben Eld , City Sports Social Media guru. I have been following him for some time now (in a non-creepy way) and it was great to meet him in person and get to know him a little better. Ben is really into CrossFit now and he works out at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay where I took the two week OnRamp program. I have to head to one of the City Sports hosted CrossFit sessions one of these days to show the boys who is boss! I also got to meet Ben’s brother Alex (to the left of me) who leads one of the run clubs and runs a 6:00 pace! Holy fast! He also is supposed to be one of the best at gait analysis and knows his shoes like the back of his hand. What a power duo of brothers!
As part of the tour, we saw the shoe wall which I think they said was the largest wall of the City Sports. This is also the first Boston area locations that has an indoor track area for you to test the shoes out on. One of the reasons the track is nice is so that the shoes aren’t tested outside. When someone gets a new pair of sneakers, they usually want them to seem squeaky new and not have pebbles or dirt all over the bottoms.
If you wanted a little more attention from Alex (or whoever is on staff at the time) for your gait analysis or to give the shoes a little more testing, you can hop on the treadmill that they have right by the shoes.
Moving on the to the apparel, the trademark City Sports t-shirts were there as well as a new vintage style t-shirt which I think Dave will like a lot. He already runs in the regular tees because they are affordable and comfortable and the vintage ones will be right up his alley. Personally, I’m really excited for the new customizable tees that Ben said are coming out soon. You can have whatever you want printed below the “City Sports”. I’m definitely going to make a “Little Miss Runshine” tee!
City Sports has their own line of clothing ( CS by City Sports ) available at their stores. I actually bought a pair of running gloves for Dave by CS and he has been using them pretty much on every run this winter! Since I’m a huge fan of turquoise colors, the outfit below really caught my eyes. And if you have been having some trouble finding some larger sizes in clothing, City Sports just started offering extended sizes for the women’s CS line which Ben said have been doing really well.
Some new items you will see in the store are the Boston Marathon gear (made me a little jealous I wasn’t running this year!), Spanx Active apparel, and some New Balance apparel that is supposed to cool you as you sweat. Like the other locations, this store has the lifestyle section that has your North Face gear and other apparel that might be more for your everyday clothes. The food and drink section had some of my faves for endurance sports like Gu and Jelly Belly Sports Beans . I sometimes even like to eat these when I’m doing a shorter workout but didn’t have enough time to grab an actual snack.
The grand opening party wasn’t just to feature their store but also a few special guests:
Pinkberry was there highlighting their Greek yogurt which was yummy but the froyo is definitely my fave.
Boston Fitness Magazine founders were there to spread the word about their services. They provide news about where to workout, eat healthy and have fun. They also have a rewards program where you can win discounts and gift cards on retail, gyms, restaurants and more!
Nike introduced their new Flyknit Lunar1+ that is a lightweight shoe that molds to the shape of your foot. You can steam the shoe and put the shoe on immediately after the steam to expedite the process of the shoe molding to the shape of your foot.
Besides getting free froyo, a fun run and meeting a Patriots player, there was also a raffle. Prizes included passes to the Sports Club LA , a City Sports shopping spree, Ski Lift tickets, GoPro Cameras , a GPS watch and a few others. I was really hoping I’d get the GPS watch since mine died after Boston Marathon 2012 so I crossed my fingers. Unfortunately, no luck!
Though I might not have won anything from the raffle, no one left with empty hands. Before I left, I received a gift bag with some great goodies: