A very special issue – with an opportunity to support our artists.
In May 2020, we could not avoid the huge topic of not-running – as a lot of contributions talked about the effects of the pandemic on our sport. We also created ‘Artists in Residences’ – a support fund for our visual artists. If you enjoy Like the Wind’s illustrations and photography, please considering contributing to the fund by buying a set of postcards – all proceeds go to our artists.
In issue #24, we collect essays written from the lockdown. Some of what we are experiencing is not positive – lockdowns that have restricted our movements, races being cancelled, the inability to run with our friends and training partners. But there have also been some positives: time to reflect on why we run, finding different routes, new people discovering running for the first time.
We are also attempting to understand the experience for African American runners in light of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in the US.
And alongside these features we have our usual mix of entertaining, life-affirming and moving stories from contributors around the world.
In other news, we decided to try to support the illustrators, artists and photographers who make Like the Wind such a visual treat. We have launched an “Artists in Residences” fund. We are aiming to raise as much money as possible for artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19. Many of them are self-employed or freelancers and as such are struggling to pay the bills. Our aim is to distribute all the money we raise to try to help in some small way.
Like the Wind has kicked the fund off and we have been joined by a number of running brands, and we will be thanking them all in issue #24 – but here already a massive THANK YOU to Mizuno, Strava, SOAR Running and Stance for leading the way.