JERRY FRANCOIS

JERRY FRANCOIS

OCCUPATION: NIKE ATHLETE

OCCUPATION: NIKE ATHLETE

Jerry Francois isn’t a fan of labels. Or boxes. Rules. Restraints. Whatever you want to call them. No, he likes doing things his own way. So much so, he founded his own fashion line. Then a run crew spinoff after that. “I wanted to do something that represented me and everything that I like,” he says. “It’s all about having fun with it.”     

Jerry Francois isn’t a fan of labels. Or boxes. Rules. Restraints. Whatever you want to call them. No, he likes doing things his own way. So much so, he founded his own fashion line. Then a run crew spinoff after that. “I wanted to do something that represented me and everything that I like,” he says. “It’s all about having fun with it.”     

Fun’s in the DNA of just about everything Jerry does. Every time his crew, GoldFinger Track Club, gets together, they aren’t seeing who’s fastest or who’s slowest — they’re spreading positivity. “We call them ‘Gold vibes only.’ Meaning that when we’re there, we spread that certain energy, that certain light that you don’t get from the normal run crews or any other runners in the community.”

Fun’s in the DNA of just about everything Jerry does. Every time his crew, GoldFinger Track Club, gets together, they aren’t seeing who’s fastest or who’s slowest — they’re spreading positivity. “We call them ‘Gold vibes only.’ Meaning that when we’re there, we spread that certain energy, that certain light that you don’t get from the normal run crews or any other runners in the community.”

But, that’s not to say he doesn’t share the wealth. “I’m always putting up these motivational posts of me running, just spreading positivity. I have so many screenshots like, ‘Oh, man, I never thought of running as a sport until I saw yours posts!’ It’s like I opened a whole new world of runners.” Offline, things are no different.

 

Taking what he has learned from leading his own crew, Jerry now paces others to help them shatter their own barriers, guiding them to the same success he’s striving for, in a style all his own. As for the inspiration and encouragement he’s constantly shelling out? “It works both ways.”    
    

But, that’s not to say he doesn’t share the wealth. “I’m always putting up these motivational posts of me running, just spreading positivity. I have so many screenshots like, ‘Oh, man, I never thought of running as a sport until I saw yours posts!’ It’s like I opened a whole new world of runners.” Offline, things are no different.

 

Taking what he has learned from leading his own crew, Jerry now paces others to help them shatter their own barriers, guiding them to the same success he’s striving for, in a style all his own. As for the inspiration and encouragement he’s constantly shelling out? “It works both ways.”    
    

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