The November Project
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I like to hear about grassroots movements which have a snowball effect that benefit a wide range of people. That’s exactly what the November Project is. It is a fitness movement that was created in Boston as a way to stay in shape during the cold New England months. Given that the entire US has been held hostage to a polar vortex this winter season, I daresay that we all need the November project. Here is how it works, at 6:30 am, every Wednesday, about 400 academics, moms, marathoners and recovering couch potatoes pour into Harvard stadium in Boston to run all 37 sections of the stairs -1,147 steps total, all in the name of keeping fit. The project was set up by Bojan Manadaric and Brogan Graham and started as friends meeting for simple workouts. It has now grown to include over 2,000 people. And here is the clincher, it costs $0 but a whole lot of motivation, especially for those like us who are not morning people. The November project is now being done in 10 cities (as well as Boston, where it first started) from Edmonton, AB Canada to the nation’s capital Washington DC and Baltimore, MD as well as San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Madison, Indianapolis and Philadelphia.