Runstreet 2018 Recap: Daydream Festival Launch, Runstreet Beach + Art Run Expansion!

2018 was a year of travel and expansion of Runstreet horizons, as we successfully pulled off our first big festival, the Daydream 5K Art Run and Festival, we hosted our first Art Pop-up event, and we brought Art Runs to new cities, including Austin, Atlanta, and Philly. Thanks to our Art Runners around the world, and our key sponsors — Clif Bar, Custom Performance, Deloitte, W Hotels, and Saucony, for helping us spread the Art Run magic to more runners, and employ more artists in 2018 than ever before.

We launched the  Daydream Experience  in 2018, the World’s Largest Art Run & Festival with costumed run waves, an art battle, DJ, and more in Brooklyn, NY.

We launched the Daydream Experience in 2018, the World’s Largest Art Run & Festival with costumed run waves, an art battle, DJ, and more in Brooklyn, NY.

We are super excited to have launched our second Runstreet chapter, in Chicago, spearheaded by Tom Leddy and Laura Rizzo. The Chicago chapter will hold quarterly Art Runs in neighborhoods throughout the city, and will also host our first Chicago Daydream Festival in 2019!

We also hosted our first Runstreet Pop-up Art event with Runstreet Beach, supporting local street artist Dirt Cobain and exhibiting and selling the work of our own Runstreet photographer Marques Jackson/Filles Garçons NY.

Here's a look at our 2018 numbers:

26 Runstreet Art Runs, including:

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  • 20 Art Runs in NYC, including our first Daydream Event

  • 2 Art Runs in Chicago, and launching our Chicago chapter

  • 1 Art Run in Boston

  • 1 Art Run in Philly

  • 1 Art Run in Atlanta

  • 1 Art Run in Austin

A large part of our inspiration at Runstreet comes from art, and we believe in paying local artists for their creative genius. In 2018, we employed more local artists than ever:

  • 1 photographer and creative director, Marques Jackson of Filles Garcons NY

  • 3 event photographers

  • 3 event videographers and 1 video editor

  • 8 street artists to design Art Run shirts, flyers, giveaways, and event art

  • 10 artists we employed for our first annual Daydream 5K Art Run & Festival, including 4 street artists, 2 makeup artists, 2 videographers, 1 DJ, and 1 creative director/photographer

2 Nonprofits We Raised Funds, Awareness and Resources for with dedicated Runs, including:

  • Back on My Feet NYC, which helps people experiencing homelessness transition to independent living through the power of running and essential skills and job training.

  • Run4Fun, which brings health and fitness to NYC youth through running programs.

We are happy to say our Daydream Art Run and Festival was a huge hit in 2018 (check out the recap), and we will be bringing this festival to the beautiful, art-filled streets of Miami and Chicago in 2019, and return for the Daydream Brooklyn for a second year! Check out how you can join and support the Daydream Experience.

We look forward to many more smiles, color and fun on Art Runs in the year ahead!

With Love,

Marnie