The common ground

Our latest short film documents the spirit and sweat of three urban running crews.

In cities around the globe, runners are forming crews. It's an otherwise solitary activity, running. All that is really needed is a body and some shoes. But for members of these crews, the activity of running transcends personal objectives. Less concerned with burning calories or completing training log entries, for these crews, running is really about family.

"The community is far more important than the actual physical things that we do," says Charlie Dark, poet, writer, DJ, and founder of London’s Run Dem Crew, who are featured in the video above along with the Paris Running Club and New York City's Orchard Street Runners. "People feel that they need to belong to something."

As they rip off miles around their respective urban hubs, the likes of which include Tokyo, Berlin and Amsterdam, crew members form deep bonds, connecting not just on fitness-based goals, but on a shared affinity for culture, fashion and art. That is what crew is, a shared mindset and a shared experience. In a performance- and results-obsessed society, run crews exist as counterculture, and their influence and reach continues to grow.

Watch the video above to hear and see more.