... they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

                - Isaiah 40:31


Reason To Run is a recognized 501(c)3 organization through the Road Runners Club of America, group exemption status with the IRS.  

Fed ID # 47-5533711

"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 over the past two years, Reason To Run has trained close to 200 inmates and has provided more than thirty post-release run care packages (running shoes, bra, socks, etc.)

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
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