What is the November Project? This week’s GoNOLA Find is a free fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in 17 cities across the U.S., the movement is focused on motivating and encouraging people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get moving. The only requirement is just showing up.
Beginning with only 10 members back in April, the New Orleans November Project has now grown to more than 100 members.
“I got the idea to start it in the New Orleans after reading an article in Runner’s World magazine last year,” says William Booher, one of the founders of the New Orleans group. “After getting approval from the founding Boston Tribe, we formed an awesome team and began pledging for our own tribe in New Orleans. New Orleans is a perfect fit for the growing movement due to our relatively small geographic area, the increased number of people getting fit and the overall growth of the city.”
Booher, along with Preston Reeder and brother and sister Cameron and Kate Gilly are the founders of the group in New Orleans and are committed to making the push to grow the chapter and increase membership to numbers that the Boston, D.C. and other established cities have on a regular basis.
The workouts are scalable for all fitness levels and participants range from elite runners to first timers getting off of the couch to begin the process.
“A few of my favorite things about November Project are the people I’ve met while doing something I love and witnessing our members have success getting in shape,” Booher says. “It’s great when we get thank yous from our members for being their motivation to get up and get fit.”
As someone who has personally taken the challenge, I absolutely recommend giving the November Project a try. You get a heck of a workout in an incredible location with nothing but support and motivation from the people around you.