Former Loveland High Grd, Sarah Fisher on Team That Made a "Promise"
Loveland, Ohio - Janji released its original running apparel at a public launch party at Bob Roncker's Running Spot in Loveland on Friday June 1. Janji is a socially conscious business created by members of Washington University in St. Louis’ cross country team including Sarah Fisher, a 2010 graduate from Loveland High School and former employee of the Running Spot. The design of the shorts is based on the flags of the countries that the apparel benefits, countries like Kenya and Haiti. With each piece of apparel sold, proceeds go directly toward nutritional medicines, a season's worth of water, and other sustainable solutions.
Fisher said, “I have invested so much time into running and training in order to improve my times - which can be a very self-centered focus at times.” Janji running apparel allows her and other runners to run for a new purpose, she said, “Run for another is how I can make a difference in others' lives through the sport I love.” She says it is a truly empowering movement. “The founders of Janji had a great idea and turned it into a reality, which is very inspiring.”
Fisher is a Pre-Med student and will be entering her third year at Washington University studying Psychology and Public Health.
The idea for Janji began on the way to the 2010 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships when Fisher’s teammates, Dave Spandorfer and Michael Burnstein, were motivated by the possibility of improving the food and water crisis through the power of running. They chose the name, Janji, which means ‘promise’ in Malay, because their organization is built on the promise to “run for another.” From the beginning Janji has had considerable start-up success by winning grants and business competitions, which led to nationwide recognition and the attention of many inspired running store owners.
Fisher was captain of the Loveland High School cross country team, and was first-team All-Conference and All-Academic all four years, She was a Regional and State qualifier, placing 19th in the State meet in 2009. She was named an "All-Ohio" runner. She holds the school record for the 1600meter run in track and was a State qualifier in the 1600 meter run in 2009 and 2010, placing 9th and 8th.
Janji is now releasing its products this upcoming summer in select running stores before its August national release. Bob Roncker’s Running Spot in Historic Downtown Loveland was chosen as the primary launch location for the apparel in Cincinnati.
Fisher said that she wants to pursue her passion of helping others obtain healthy lives, whether that means going to med school to become a doctor, or going into the field of Public Health. "Currently, working for Janji has allowed me to achieve this goal by working toward great social causes through the power of running"