"I have completed something [for] the first time in years ..."
"It gives me a coping skill I can always fall back on."
"I am a new person, I have joy and balance in my life. I have respect for myself"
The Reason to Run - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) Run Program is a multifaceted training program designed to encourage and support both new and experienced runners. Coffee Creek
Correctional Facility is the Oregon state women's prison and in the 2014/2015 year, Reason To Run has trained over 150 inmates and has provided more than ten post-release run care packages.
While the primary focus of the running program is physical fitness, participants are encouraged to explore how running positively impacts mental health and to incorporate goal setting and
accountability into a run plan. During training sessions, inmates cheer for one another, pace each other on runs, and work together to accomplish boot camp exercises. Each session ends with the
entire group stretching and sharing running related information.
Currently, the Run Program consists of three weekly/bi-weekly training groups and two yearly race events - Stomp Out Abuse 5K/10K and Race for the Cure 5