Want to run a race with your dog or maybe in a costume or even both? Or run a race along the Ohio River? Maybe you’re looking for a fun winter race series to keep you motived? River City Races has one for you. Combining a unique and fun race day experience, the best race swag in town, and raising money for worthy local charities, they are what the best of a running community is all about.
While Ponya Bands is based in Louisville, Kentucky, our community extends much further. Enter longtime customer Dianna Seda from Atlanta, Georgia. Like most of our Ponya community, she wears several hats. She’s an executive producer for Saturn Moon Beach Productions, which makes narrative films providing a culturally responsible message. In her spare time, she’s a runner and yogi and often travels to all over the country to race.
Who decides to become a triathlete while training for a half-marathon while pregnant with their third child? Ponya customer and overall superwoman Jill Adelson does! Professor, mother of three, and self-proclaimed, “adult onset runner,” she proves that you can do anything you put your mind to and work for.
A big part of what makes Ponya Bands so special is our community. Spotting someone in one of our bands in the wild is an instant connection and conversation starter. The patterns and unique design are recognizable right away, as is that panda logo peeking out from the side!
This week, we feature customer Jinky Brown. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, where she also met her husband, she’s lived all over the country before settling in Louisville, Kentucky, Ponya’s home base. A former high school French teacher, she is currently a stay-at-home mom with her precious three-year-old Indie and a private tutor.
Jinky discovered Ponya Bands from another stroller mama. She recollects “It was the best day ever. I have very fine hair so I have always had trouble finding a headband that would stay in place. If it did stay in place, I usually had a headache by the end of the run because it was usually tight."
It’s no surprise then that our crushed velvet Non-Slip Headbands quickly became her favorite. In fact, Indie picked out Jinky’s “lucky” Ponya Band about 2 years ago. She’s worn it in her first postpartum half marathon, her 5K PR race, and the Jacksonville Marathon. It has served her well as she runs some of her best times in them since she doesn’t have to worry about slippage or hair getting in her face.