Volunteering In Your Racing Community

This past fall I had the opportunity to be a part of a few local organizations, Active4Youth & Skyhawks, who offers no cost cross country programs at elementary schools throughout our school districts.

My team consisted of 20-30 kids participating in one hour practices three times a week. The kids also ran in two cross country meets as well as an All-Valley meet if they met qualifying marks at the previous two meets.

One of the kids had a great drive and passion for running already as a 9-year-old, she would ask for tips and advice during practices and meets. The connections I made with the kids and their families was more than I expected and hoped for. During a time when I was burned out from training and races their excitement & joy during practices and meets rejuvenated my love for running.

Sharing my knowledge & passion for the sport of running with our future generation was very rewarding & I encourage everyone to give back. It is important for us to volunteer within our current running communities and help our youth develop a love and passion for the sport.

If you are interested in volunteering in your local running community I suggest you ask local schools, community programs and check with race directors in your area to get involved.

Travis Frank

Location: Spokane, WA.

I am originally from San Diego, CA where I grew up playing basketball & soccer. In 2012 I decided to give running a try and since then I have competed in 12 full marathons, 6 half marathons and numerous 10k & 5k races. It has been a goal of mine ever since I began racing to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I was able to reach my goal in September of 2015 at the Tunnel Light Marathon in North Bend, WA. I am a part of a local running club in Spokane, WA and am an Assistant Coach of a local Elementary school program that allows kids to participate in a cross-country program through their school. I enjoy sharing my experiences, what I have learned and passion for the sport of running with people of all ages and abilities. Running has taught me to set goals for myself and has shown me I can overcome any obstacle I face to meet those goals. I hope my passion can inspire someone else to find his or her passion for running too!

Travis Frank