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Where is runPossible located?
We’re in Louisville, KY working out of St. Vincent de Paul, 1029 S. Preston Street, 6:15 to 7:15pm Tuesdays.
Who does runPossible work with?
We’re reaching out to members of the homeless community as well as the addiction recovery program (“residents”) primarily at St. Vincent de Paul, though everyone’s welcome. Our volunteers come from all walks of life with a common mission of using their passion for exercise as a way to improve the community.
What happens at a run?
We gather for a short reflection and then divide up into groups of volunteers and residents to hit the streets. Each week we have various mileage options to accommodate all levels of walkers and runners. We’re finished within an hour.
What’s going on other than weekly runs?
Each quarter, runPossible athletes will participate in a community run/walk (like the Mayor’s Hike and Bike). Also, plans are in the works to offer more opportunities to exercise and to get children and youth involved!
How much time do I need to commit as a volunteer?
We ask that you set aside time for at least two morning or evening runs per month. They’re short runs, and the whole event from start to finish lasts about an hour. Consistency is very important to us and to the people we serve, so it’d be great to see all our volunteers out there almost every week!
Can I do more than just show up to run/walk or what if I can’t run/walk but still want to help out?
What a great question! Of course! There are plenty of opportunities to help set up the weekly runs and participate in leadership. We’re also happy to accept donations of gently used running gear and are currently seeking someone with artistic talent to help use design a new logo. Just ask one of the coordinators (Sara or Ryan)!
Can I be a sponsor?
Another wonderful question! Though we’ve applied for grants and are receiving in-kind donations from running shops and other businesses in Louisville, we still need to provide our athletes with proper running and walking gear, race entries, and incentives. As our program grows, we’ll even need to add a part-time coordinator. Sponsors can be corporate or individual. Individual sponsorship is a great way to get involved if you can’t make it to our morning runs – we’ll hook you up with an athlete in need and even give you the opportunity to connect at the monthly community races!
Do we run rain or shine?
We do run in most weather. Thunder or lightning or extreme winter weather will keep us inside for a workout.
What will we talk about during the walk/ runs?
Running is a great equalizer, bringing people from all different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses together as a team. Ask open ended questions and allow the participants to open up to you as they feel comfortable. Likewise, share what you are comfortable about your story and life. You might be surprised as to what you have in common!