For our Chicago '23 collection (here) we tapped run community luminaries from the all over the scene. Mike (aka @mikeb_runnin) is captain of the mighty GumboFit. We caught up with Mike after the shoot:
What excites you about running right now?
Hands down the how tight the community works together. It amazes me every day robust and diverse the Chicago running scene is. It has come a long way and I love every bit of it.
What do you love about Chicago?
The food. Chicago has the best food I’ve ever had in any city. I might be biased But I truly believe we have the best food in the world.
What's your favorite thing about running with your crew?
My favorite thing about running with my crew is how diverse we are. We come from various backgrounds, ethnicities, different parts of the country. You name it and we more than likely have some from that background. I love learning from each and every person.
As the world gets ready to join the Chicago running scene in October, what should they know?
The world should know that the running scene in October is bigger than just running. It’s like a family reunion. October is where runners from around the city and world meet up to run their favorite race. It almost feel more like a party than a marathon which makes it so exciting.
Inspired by 90s era Chicago when it defined sport and culture, Heartbreak’s ‘23 Chicago celebration collection melds hoop dreams with running fashion.
In 1995-96, the Bulls & MJ dazzled the world with their commitment to excellence every single night going 72-10, setting the regular season win record. The same year, they debuted the hot new black pin stripe uniform. That season and that team inspired athletes of every generation since for their drive, their dominance, & their style.
For Fall 2023, Heartbreak debuts its “Flying H” monogram. Designed in-house by Lucas Larson, the subtle lines of the pattern guide the eye with strong direction - always forward, always up.
Colored and styled with a nod to the greatest team ever, this one’s for our Chicagoans who run the streets all year, always forward, raising spirits, elevating the game, and inspiring the world.