T9 Behind the Scenes: Fall ’15

Our team is finally back at T9HQ after traveling to shoot our Fall 2015 catalog. If you're a follower of Title Nine's Instagram account, our "guess where we are?" photo may have given it away. While the guesses were great, we weren't in Alaska, Colorado or Canada. We returned to, as one commenter so aptly put it, "heaven on Earth," better known as Bend, Oregon. IMG_0577 Of course, just like any other Title Nine photo shoot, every day on location was an adventure unto itself.
Our amazing models alley artwork in Bend Martin in his natural environment: wherever is required to get the shot #DoItInADress hits Deschutes
While we had a wonderful time last we were in Bend, it did not fail to greet us with new pleasantries. These included surprise artwork in alleys, beautifully clear (though frigid) snow melt, delicious brews and eats at a variety of locations, and of course, some fresh new faces.IMG_0707 Whenever we are on location, there is always a meet-and-greet with the models who will be participating before to the shoot. One thing that proves to be true time and time again is that even prior to gracing our pages, our models are voracious fans and users of Title Nine gear. Case in point: our model of three years, Greta, showed up rockin' a pair of 90's Moving Comfort running shorts that her mother purchased for her when she was in the 7th grade. Not only are they still going strong, they're still her favorite running shorts.
IMG_0609 Memorable moments included: - Photo Art Director Ann and Photo Stylist and Assistant Producer Alison, both California natives, snowshoeing up Cinder Cone for some epic snow boarding shots. Says Ann, "Did I mention neither of us have ever snowshoed before? Holy painful calf muscles! We are not snow bunnies." [Editor's note: we were told we weren't "allowed" to share photos of this.] - Photographer Martin getting pulled by his "team" - human powered mules - to capture what they consider some of the greatest skijoring shots of all time. They did at least 25 takes of this and model Sarah ended up breaking a ski! Oops. (Can't view the embedded video? Try it on Flickr.) - Fulfilling Becky's dream of power washing beer vessels in a dress. Happy to help, Becky! BendF15_2 - Trekking in to Smith Rock, SUPing on Crooked River and getting some amazing rock climbing shots: an amazing way to end the trip. BendF15_3 IMG_0720The team's days in Bend were fueled by: - Coffee to start the day: Peet's Major Dickason's was a requirement to make the 4:30 a.m call times, and was served up prior to brain function happening in the condo kitchen. Additional caffeination pit stops were had at Backporch Coffee. - Food on the go (after not having sat down for 9 hours straight): New York City Subs West Side and Parilla Grill ("You must get The Wrap of Khan with blackened salmon.") - If the team lived in Bend they'd eat these foods every day: Chilaquiles at Barrio,  Kale Ceasar at Jackson's Corner, and Spicy Fried Chicken at Spork.
  IMG_0686 The T9 team would especially like to thank: IMG_0677- our photographer, the ever amazing adventurer Martin Sundberg - photography assistant and leg-holder extraordinaire Nick ("H.D.") Littlefield. - Crux Fermentation ProjectDeschutes BreweryKialoa for not just SUP boards, but their incredible hospitality and more - Crow's Feet Commons - Guinness, the skijoring dog   And of course, huge thanks to the city of Bend, OR, for another incredible time. BendF15_1   For more information on upcoming photo shoots and how to become a T9 model, please visit our T9 Model Scout Facebook page. For more T9 behind the scenes, check out our past behind the scenes posts, our Flickr page, or follow us on Instagram.

Cast Your Vote: Which Model Image is Your Favorite?

We know you love our model athletes: ordinary women doing extraordinary things. With is so much action on our photo shoots, we end up with tons of great action images, leaving us with so many images to choose from featuring these amazing women that we need YOUR help.

For just 48 hours we’re opening the polls up. Cast your vote and tell us which model image is your favorite! Which one is your pick? EDIT: Thank you for participating in our model image poll! Polls opened at noon PST Wednesday 4/29/15, closed at noon PST Friday 5/01/15, and were a great success. It's only a matter of time before we start up a new one. Don't miss the announcement: be sure to follow us here, on Facebook or via Twitter.

Title 9K Boulder: What’s Your Inspirational Story?

It's no secret that at our events, we do things differently. At our upcoming 2015 Title 9K+ Boulder, the top three fastest women across the line, the fastest mom with stroller, and the first girl and boy under 18 will receive prize bags filled with great items contributed by our vendors. It's not just our two dedicated stroller divisions that make our events different: the three best inspirational stories will also receive awards. 891454_1500672313530670_1610261319_n A Boulder ultrarunner, Jenn (above) had the unthinkable happen during a training run, an experience which she shared with the world via Zelle. Her experience this past summer will certainly make crossing the finish line with her four kids this year on Mother's Day - a day that she did not necessarily think she would live to see - even more memorable. We invited Jenn to celebrate her Mother's Day with us at the Title 9K+ this year, and in turn, she asked to share a few words with you all on race day. We're sharing what she had to say in advance, and how to share an inspirational story of your own with us.

Dear Fellow Runners...fellow Mothers....and beautiful women,

When my T9 friend Christina reached out to me about participating in this event, with my children, it was a no-brainer. She joked with me that since I am an ultrarunner, with a 50 mile race the weekend before, maybe it wouldn't be "big enough" for me. I laughed because this type of thing brings a huge smile to my face... I can remember my first 10k like it was yesterday. Again, it was an easy decision, but I did ask if I could share a message, with all of you.

Jenn_hospitalSome of you may have heard the story of my rattlesnake bite. The highly condensed version being that on August 18 I was laid off from my job as a hospice nurse. One week later, I was bitten twice by a rattlesnake on the trails in Boulder. I had a large amount of venom taken on, and quickly circulated, since I was running. I spent quite a few days trying to die, and quite a few weeks... and months... battling the horrific side effects, many of which are still with me today. 

As a single mother of four children, this was kind of a show stopper. It rapidly took me into a world of medicaid, unemployment, and a struggle to even put my foot on the ground. I was in the middle of training for my second of three 100 mile races in quick succession. And I found myself unable to walk... or pay my bills. In a short week's time, I had gone from a thriving ultrarunner, nurse and mother, to saying good bye to my family via phone on the side of the trail, and now, living in a tornado of pain medication just to be able to survive.

I share this with all of you for one big reason... it's my gift. My legacy. The only possible way to make sunshine out of darkness. Every one of you toeing the line for this race is a beautiful woman. Many of you are mothers, raising precious lives. I know many of the struggles you all have faced, and how hard many of them are to overcome. I want you to know that you are more beautiful than you think you are. More capable than you could ever give yourself credit for. More powerful than anyone will ever tell you. More resilient than anyone could demonstrate to you. And if no one has ever told you that you can cross over any line placed in front of you, let me be the first. Yes.You.Freaking.Can.

Jenn_JavelindaOn November 1, just a couple of weeks after first putting my leg on the ground to walk, I ran the Javelina Jundred 100k. I had what felt more like a wall as opposed to a line in front of me, but regardless, I did it. Life is for living. Celebrating. Growing. Learning. And the best, awesomest, juiciest, most wondrous details of you, lie just within your reach. So as you step out today, put your chin up. There is someone out there with you, who is going to cross a finish line with all four of her children in hand, and she's going to be looking backward and forward just as she crosses. Never forget where you came from... and never forget where you can get to if you believe you can. I do. You are NOT what happened to you. You are what you choose to do with it. I promise.

#QuitYourWhining #DoWork #SherpaOn

  Now it's YOUR turn to share! If you are running the Title 9K+ Boulder, you don't have to be the fastest to win: you could be one of our three inspirational story winners. Submit your "Why I Run" inspirational story in three easy steps:
  1. Send your story in doc form to t9k@titlenine.com.
  2. Double check that your full name is on the document.
  3. Stick around at the awards ceremony @ 10:30am on race day to see if you've won!
  Want to submit your story, but still not registered for the big day? Click here to sign up for the Title 9K+ Boulder. We'll see you at the start line on May 10th!

Do It In a Dress: Meet Lisa

We love this "Do It In a Dress" customer submission from Lisa F. of Oakland, CA. Thank you again Lisa for sharing how you spin! Here's the story straight from Lisa: "DO IT IN A DRESS IS MY NEW MANTRA: Hi. My name is Lisa F. I was reading your catalog after work yesterday and loved your "Do it in a Dress" photo and slogan. It prompted me to tell you this story that happened to me on March 28th. DIIAD_LisaF I had just finished teaching an 8 a.m. spin class at the Club at the Claremont in Oakland, Calif. I had showered and changed into a black, sporty dress, on my way out to a bar mitzvah. I was almost out the door when the club manager told me that the 9 a.m. teacher was a no show. I popped my head in. About 25 club members were already on their bikes, waiting for class to begin and the teacher was not answering her phone. I sprung into action. (There's nothing worse than not having your teacher not show up for class.) I strapped on my cycling shoes and taught the entire class in my dress. The class was super happy and grateful. One even took pictures. I had a blast - the dress was actually quite comfortable, minus the skirt part getting caught on the seat once or twice! I raced home, (didn't shower) and threw on a purple version of the same dress. Made it to the bar mitzvah a bit late, but not so bad. I still heard the important part of the service." Is there anything that can't be done in a dress? We don't think so. Want to share your own "Do It In a Dress" tale? Send us a Facebook message, tag us using #myT9 and #doitinadress, or send an email to socialmedia@titlenine.com with "Do It In a Dress" in the subject line.