Shop Talk

Finding Freddy Fun at Fleet Feet and Fitness Together

If you noticed any small inflatable flamingoes hidden around the neighborhood on Aug. 11 and weren’t sure what to make of them, then you unfortunately missed out on a very popular and new fun run that is sweeping the nation.  “I Found Freddy” has been creating all sorts of buzz in the world of running and recently made its way into our neck of the woods thanks to Fleet Feet, who hosted a “I Found Freddy Fun Run and Walk.”

Bob Fleshner, co-founder and co-director of Rock the Creek Relay and American Odyssey Relay, teamed up with Fleet Feet and Fitness Together to bring Freddy to Kentlands.  Fleshner hid small Freddys along a route that started at Fleet Feet and led to Fitness Together. The rules of the run are simple: Find a Freddy and you win Freddy Points.

Runners participating in D.C., Georgia and Florida have been posting their points online, trying to move up in the leaderboards.  The whole idea behind the “I Found Freddy” event is to bring even more enjoyment into running—or “Fun Beyond the Run,” said Fleshner. Since April, these fun runs have been giving runners a chance to compete for prizes as small as water bottles and as big as a free entry to the American Odyssey Relay.

The event at Fleet Feet featured food from Nalley Fresh, a chance to win a free week membership to Fitness Together, and a hopeful step toward a new tradition.  Chris Gault of Fleet Feet, who ran in the run himself, said he is already working with Fleshner to set up another run, preferably when it’s a bit cooler out.  Gault also reported that all Freddy inflatables were found and runners went home with great prizes.

—Mac Kennedy

Whole Foods Kentlands Stuffs the Bus

Whole Foods Market Kentlands will be “Stuffing a Bus” with kid-friendly, healthy foods to benefit Manna Food Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Five percent of your purchase that day will go to Manna Food Center. Be sure to go to Customer Service Aug. 24 and register your school to be entered to win a popsicle party from Whole Foods.

Everest Tutors & Test Prep Offers New Learning Profiles Assessment

Everest Tutors & Test Prep, 504 Main St., now offers a data-driven tool to assess learning skills that was developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Using a series of online exercises, this one-hour test measures 10 core learning skills:

speed—motor and processing speed;

executive functions—attention, flexible thinking, and working memory;

complex reasoning—visual reasoning, abstract reasoning, and spatial perceptions; and

long-term memory—verbal and visual memory.

Experts at Mindprint Learning review the data and formulate the student’s unique learning profile. With this, Everest Director Ann Derryberry and Everest tutor tailor lessons to the student for optimum learning results. Special pricing is available through Aug. 31. For more information, visit

Panda Programmer Fall Classes Begin

Kentlands-based Panda Programmer teaches children ages 5 and up the science of computer programming at area schools and other locations. New this fall are after-school classes at Dufief Elementary and Stone Mill Elementary.

Look for Sunday morning classes to begin Aug. 21 at Everest Tutors & Test Prep, 504 Main St. Fall after-school classes will be given at Rachel Carson, Diamond, Travilah, Thurgood Marshall, Candlewood, Dufief and Stone Mill elementary schools, as well as at Lakelands Park and Kingsview middle schools.

Computers are provided for each student, and kids create their own customized animations, educational applications and computer games. For more information and to register, visit