It’s pronounced “vo-lay,” like “olé” (if you’re more familiar with bull fighting, perhaps), or like “olay” (if you’re a big fan of the soap).
What the heck is a Volée?
It’s French for “flock,” as in a flock of birds; Oiselle is French for “bird.”
So who are these French birds?
The Voleé team is comprised of 250 female runners representing all kinds of paces, preferred distances, and geographic locations. We’re also a team of dreamers, riding shotgun to Oiselle’s elite squad, Haute Volée. They may be able to lap us on the track, but women from both teams share a love of sport, and a desire to abide by the same credo:
Do you have… like… a team captain?
Herding the birds is team manager, Kristin Metcalf. When she’s not keeping us in perfect flying V formation, she’s heading up the @oiselle_team Twitter account.
So, what’s this Oiselle?
Oiselle is a female-centric company with a focus on women’s running apparel and accessories. Founded by Sally Bergesen, Oiselle is all about outfitting women with the best gear, but it’s also all about embracing, supporting, and empowering women in sport. They’re a sassy, Seattle-based start-up that supports their athletes, and seeks to elevate Track & Field.
So you’re flying pretty high right now, aren’t you?
As I stated in my team application, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of the women in my life. Remember these ladies? (And, yes, Men, too. #brobirds) I’ve seen how supportive Oiselle is of their athletes, and for women, generally. As I grow as a runner, that support and encouragement becomes more than just a cowbell at mile 17. In a lot of ways, this blog has helped me to connect and interact with men and women of all paces and places in life; it feels good to be able to support and encourage others in their running. More than anything, the power of positivity is real. As a member of the Oiselle flock, I’m putting myself in a position to soar even higher.