About a month ago, I was checking out new running apparel on the Oiselle (pronounced wa-zell) website and stumbled upon a section featuring the brand's running team athletes. There was a map that showed where the athletes are located around the country, and I noticed there wasn't anyone listed for Wisconsin. On a whim, I decided to email the contact listed and find out more about the criteria for joining the team.
The team manager, Kristin, emailed me back with an application and more details about what Oiselle looks for in potential team members. After reviewing everything, I felt it would be a perfect match. I've been a fan of the brand for awhile - the gear is functional, yet stylish and feminine - and the more I learned, the more passionate I felt about it. The company is named for a French word for bird and, as taken from the website, "it alludes to that feeling of weightlessness that most runners know and love. That sense of flight – when the legs go fast and the heart goes free." Love that.
I also love that the brand was started after the founder, Sally Bergesen, had a lot of difficulty finding shorts that fit properly. I've had a similar struggle since I began running, but Oiselle shorts fit just right!
I submitted the application materials and after that, it was time to sit back and wait for a decision. I'm not the most patient person, so I was definitely on pins and needles while I waited to hear back. Earlier this week, I got the email I've been waiting for:
Subject: Welcome to Oiselle Racing Team!!!!
Eeek! I was so excited! I am thrilled to represent such a fantastic brand in both training and racing throughout 2013. In fact, I can't wait to wear the Oiselle singlet at a race and show off how proud I am to be a member of the team.
If you are not yet familiar with this awesome brand, I highly recommend checking out the website. Here are a few of my current favorites that are featured in the Shop area:
Even during the winter months, I often run in shorts!
Stay cozy during your winter runs
My plan for every 5k
Love that these have thumbholes
Because every runner needs a little race bling
These are too fun to resist!
After you've checked out the website, tell me what items are your favorites! Also, anyone else run for a team? Or, does anyone have any other exciting news they must get off their chests? :)
Tell me everything and more!