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#1 The_tober

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:21 AM

Some of you know that for the last few months I have been volunteering as a running chaperon (they call me coach but I don't think I earned that title yet) at DePaul rehab center. I started doing this early this summer and it's been a great and very rewarding experience. Basically I take the guys out for a run 3 times a week and we go for 3 or 4 miles. This is the ONLY way they can go out on a run. They used to be able to go on their own but DePaul changed the rules on them and now they must be chaperoned. Once they start showing up for the runs, they pretty much become regulars and stick with it for the couple of months they are at the center.

On any given day I have 2 to 5 guys showing up. Yesterday however I was surprised and delighted to have a group of 8! Fantastic but the mixed group with several new guys and veterans who want to push a little was definitely hard to manage on my own.

That's where you come in.
I would love to have one other volunteer with me on those runs. We could split the group for distance and/or pace and we could definitely be safer running downtown. It would also ensure that there is always someone available on the occasional days where I can't make it. Again, this is the only opportunity they have to go out and exercise outside so it's a big deal when I miss a day.

What I need is one person to show up at these runs with me on a regular basis. You don't have to sign up for all 3 runs. I can have a different person with me each day.

Here are some specifics:
- Location: 1312 SW Washington, Portland
- Pace: Relaxed. Faster guys could run around 8mn pace but most runs are between 9:30 and 10:30 pace.
- Distance: 2.5 to 4M
- Duration: 45mn
- Monday morning 5:30AM
- Wednesday afternoon 4:30PM
- Friday morning 5:30AM

DePaul has some pretty strict rules for those guys. One of them is that there is no gender mixing so unfortunately this volunteering offer is for guys only. If one of the fine ladies in the club wants to setup something similar with the girls at the center, I'll be glad to help coordinate with them.

Please let me know if you can help. Next run is tomorrow morning at 5:30 :-)


#2 Amygirl

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 12:01 PM

Aww.......This is really great that you are doing this! Too bad, I would sign up for Wed run. I do understand about the gender mix though.

If you think there would be ladies interested, we could talk and come up with plan. I will see you a little later today anyway, I can't wait for my tasty gifts.



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Posted 24 December 2010 - 05:37 AM

I'm interested in running with the ladies. Is there interest among the DePaul women?

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 06:02 AM

I'd be interested in helping out with the ladies once a week. If a few of us were willing to commit to certain week days we could share the schedule. Christophe, would the time of day have to be the same as when the guys are running?

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 09:28 AM

I'd be interested once a week too.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 10:32 AM

Oh....great! Way to step up girls. I spoke with Xtph yesterday and he said the times would be different depending on the womens schedule and what we can offer. I will speak with the director and get more info by next week, to see if there is interest.

Since these runs would be short and slower, you can use these as your warm-up for that day. I will also start collecting some running clothes for the women.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 10:39 AM

Hello......Boys.....Christophe could really use some help whistle.png

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:01 AM

I would be interested in this as well. thumbsup.png

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#9 The_tober

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 04:41 PM

Great to see all the interest from the girls here.
There is definitely an opportunity to do something with the girl population at DePaul. I'll work with Amy to get something started.
I do not know what their schedule would look like. I'm pretty sure they will have morning and afternoon opportunities like the guys but I don't know at what time. And it will be up to you to decide how many times a week you can take them out.

Stay tuned.

Now, if we could get a few guys to read my original post....

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:26 PM

I was just thinking about this a few days ago, Christophe. I was thinking back to when we talked about it a few months ago.

I would love to join in some of these runs. My schedule is always changing, but I usually have it 2 months in advance. Keep us updated, Amy. And thanks for taking the reins.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 11:21 PM

Awesome! Great to hear from you too Dalgal thumbsup.png

This will be great as not all will be able to run mornings or afternoons. Will be nice to rotate, fill in days when others can't.

Women volunteers:

Amy
Susan
Julie
Melissa
LT
DalGal (Jenny)

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 11:02 AM

This is great! Thanks for coordinating this, Christophe! thumbsup.png

I'd be up for helping out one day a week... probably one of the AM sessions.

I hope something like this can get started for the women of De Paul as well.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 06:57 PM

QUOTE (albertpham @ Dec 27 2010, 11:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is great! Thanks for coordinating this, Christophe! thumbsup.png

I'd be up for helping out one day a week... probably one of the AM sessions.

I hope something like this can get started for the women of De Paul as well.

Thanks Albert!

This week is strange because I'll be running Purge and Splurge on Friday so I already told the guys I won't be there. Let me know when you want to start and just show up on either Monday morning or Friday AM next week.

Regarding the women, I'm still waiting to hear back from my contact at Depaul.



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Posted 28 December 2010 - 03:23 PM

QUOTE (The_tober @ Dec 27 2010, 06:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Albert!

This week is strange because I'll be running Purge and Splurge on Friday so I already told the guys I won't be there. Let me know when you want to start and just show up on either Monday morning or Friday AM next week.

Regarding the women, I'm still waiting to hear back from my contact at Depaul.



Great! I'll plan to be there Monday morning next week.

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (albertpham @ Dec 28 2010, 03:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great! I'll plan to be there Monday morning next week.


Way to go Albert! You rock.




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