How 6AM Run Built National Community Around Founder’s Simple Philosophy


by Kristen Troy

Often people think of runners as individuals who get up before the rest of us to run a few miles. However, these runners may not be innate “morning people” – rather, they have found a time of day that works best for them to go for a run. This was the case for 6AM Run founder and Delaware native, Hami Mahani.

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As Hami was approaching 40 years old, he wanted to start running regularly for his physical and mental health. When he told his wife that he wanted to run an hour every day, they discussed how this would fit into their lives while working full-time and raising two children. For Hami and his family, the best time to run was first thing in the morning, as this allowed him to feel physically and mentally prepared without cutting into family time. Hami recalled feeling more focused at work after accomplishing a morning run and thought that running was a significant contributor to his professional advancement. The focus and joy from incorporating a morning run into his routine was a driving reason for founding 6AM Run. Hami wanted to help other runners and athletes to live happy, healthy, balanced lives. After many months of discussing the idea of starting a company, Hami and his wife took the plunge, and on June 16th, 2018, their business was born.

6AM Run provides runners and other endurance athletes with nutrition formulas to boost workout performance and aid recovery. The focus of their formulas is to provide all the nutrients your body needs as an athlete. Their flagship product and best-seller is the Marathon formula. It can be used as a pre- or post-workout and helps keep you energized, focused, and hydrated. The Marathon formula is good for workouts longer than 60 minutes, while the Sprint formula is a better fit for shorter ones. Sprint can even be beneficial to lifters. The component that sets Marathon and Sprint aside from other pre-workout supplements is that they don’t give you the jitters or produce concerning cardiovascular effects. The formulas are made with green tea extracts to provide energy without greatly increasing your heart rate and making you tingly or itchy.

While 6AM Run’s primary goal is to deliver high-quality products, they also strive to provide a supportive community and positively contribute to the local community. Shortly after founding 6AM Run, the company created a Facebook Group for their community to share words of advice, encouragement, funny stories, and wisdom to fellow runners. Today the group has a whopping 15,000 members supporting and encouraging each other’s running!

Since half of the company’s lifespan has overlapped with the COVID-19 pandemic, their role in the local community has been limited, but the virtual community they’ve created is thriving. Before the pandemic, they tried working with organizations to put on local races. However, with restrictions and the community’s safety in mind, the races were canceled or modified to be virtual events. The company hopes they will be able to have a more active presence in the tristate area in the future.

Super Greens
Start or end your day with this nutrient-rich green powder. The powder contains over 30 nutrient-rich greens and fruits to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy digestion with a light berry flavor!

Heel Strike
This formula supports tendon and joint health using grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen type 1 and type 3 bovine collagen peptides. Type I and III collagen are proteins found in skin, blood vessels, and other tissues that help support healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Powerflex
This daily supplement can help reduce muscle fatigue and joint pain while increasing overall mobility. The main ingredient is glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine sulfate is a sugar naturally found in and around the fluid and cartilage around your joints and can be found in the hard covering of shellfish. The Power Flex daily supplement combines ingredients to reduce pain and inflammation to affect your recovery positively.

Vitamin Coffee
Your morning cup of joe, combined with your daily multivitamin! This coffee includes a dose of 15 vitamins and minerals, including A, B-complex, C, D3, and E vitamins!

Track Fuel
Whey protein with 24g of protein, 3 g of carbs, and 2g of sugar to aid your performance and recovery.

Flagship Formulas

SPRINT

Grape | Fruit Punch | Lemonade

This pre-workout formula gives you not only a boost of energy but also focus and endurance! Since this formula doesn’t leave you jittery or tingly, you can use it in the morning to start your day energized or to give you a boost before your workout.

Review from a Runner
All Sprint formulas dissolve in water quickly and thoroughly and provide an energy boost without jitters or tingling. The three flavors are tasty and can be made to your desired sweetness by adding more or less water. The grape and fruit punch flavors made as directed have flavors reminiscent of childhood candies—the lemonade flavor tastes like a glass of lemonade you’d enjoy on a hot summer day.

MARATHON

Raspberry Iced Tea | Peach Mango

This formula combines 12 Amino Acids/BCAAs with a 175 mg energy blend made from green tea to help you have 10+ hours of energy, mental focus, and post-workout recovery.

Review from a Runner
This hydrating and energy-boosting formula provides lasting effects even on 2+ hour runs! The two flavors of Marathon are not as sweet as the Sprint formulas but just as delicious. The raspberry iced tea tastes like the real deal and is refreshing on a hot day or during a sweaty workout. The peach mango flavor is delectably fruity without being overly sweet. If you want a more robust sweet and fruity flavor, add less water when you prepare your drink.

FINISHLINE

Watermelon | Lemon Lime

Post-workout recovery is an important part of your training, so why not aid your recovery with the Finishline formula? This formula contains a quality blend of BCAAs, including glutamine, to help muscle recovery and fatigue, plus vitamin B6 for faster muscle absorption.

Review from a Runner
Both Finishline formulas dissolve completely in water to give you a non-chalky drink. There are two flavors of Finishline to choose from; watermelon and lemon-lime. The watermelon flavor is nostalgic of Jolly Rancher candies, lending to a pretty sweet taste. It is enjoyable, but you could dilute it for a less sweet, watermelon-flavored drink. On the other hand, the lemon-lime is quite citrus-y. It’s not too sweet and not too tart.

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