We had the good fortune of connecting with Donovan Querubin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donovan, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Running has done a lot for me in terms of opportunities, personal growth, and building relationships. One specific thing in particular that impacted my life was joining a run club.
I had a great experience when I joined my first run club. I had just recovered from an ACL/Meniscus injury that occurred when I was playing basketball, and I was looking for an outlet for my athlete mentality. Needless to say, I found something even greater than that.
I love the whole community aspect — the accountability and the relationships that were made from just showing up to run. You meet people from all walks of life, and you’re brought together because of your common goal to run. When that club ended, I wanted to create something where other people could have the opportunity to experience what I did when I joined a running club.
Community is huge to me, so I wanted to be able to highlight local businesses and areas in the places we ran. We slowly grew through word of mouth, and built the community to what it is today. That’s how Social Hour Run Club was born.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Creating a run club isn’t something that happen overnight. It is a lot of trial and error when it comes to things such as creating events, marketing to the community, and location. Luckily when I moved the run club closer to home, I was able to market it better through word of mouth, and the growth alone from that has lead to the opportunities we get today.
Like many other businesses, the recent pandemic presented many challenges for the run club. How were we going to keep that sense of community? How can we engage our runners without being together in-person? We had to find ways to pivot and adapt quickly with in-person events being cancelled, going fully virtual via run challenges to keep people engaged. We’ve been able to weather the storm and resume in-person runs as of late, and those challenges made us stronger and resilient at the end of the day.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We have our weekly runs in the Cerritos and Artesia area. One thing that I love about these cities is the diversity in the community, and in food selection. After a nice run with us, I would recommend checking these local small businesses out:
Bakers and Baristas | http://www.bakersandbaristas.net/
Island Bodega | https://www.islandbodega.com/
Jerry’s Grill | https://gerrysgrill.com/usa/
Pirates | https://www.yelp.com/biz/pirates-kitchen-artesia-3
Snowflakes | https://getsnowflakes.com/
Pho Tasty | https://photastyartesia.com/
Kabab Crush | https://www.kababcrush.net/ The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This shoutout goes to all the runners that have support the run club over the years. This couldn’t have been possible without all of you.
A special shoutout goes out to my sister Michelle Querubin. She’s been supporting me and the club from day 1. She’s helped me make my vision a reality, and I can’t thank her enough for everything she does, Love you sis.
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