New Head High School Cross Country Coaches Bobby Spath, Lance Skinner, and Jackie Powers are putting together community runs on Monday mornings throughout the summer. Originally planned for athletes at Milford High School, the three organizers have opened the runs up to the community at large to promote healthy lifestyles.
Concerned about the small amount of people he saw during his own runs in Milford, Spath wanted to create an opportunity for runners of all ages and all skill levels to stay healthy, build camaraderie and enjoy the outdoors. About 30 minutes in length, the runs will all start from the old middle school front parking lot and go east toward Goat Island and then back. The first run will start at 7:00am, the second at 7:30am and the last at 8:00am. Runners can choose to participate in run one, two or three and paces will vary depending on the number of runners.
“It is a nice route and off the streets. We start running through the nicer neighborhoods along Lakeview Avenue and cross over onto the Riverwalk into downtown and on to the new part of the Riverwalk to Goat Islad,” Spath stated. “You can stretch the route out to about four miles and runners are encouraged to run as much or as little of the route as they want.”
Spath is currently the Physical Education teacher at the Milford Central Academy and next year will have he opportunity to take over the Milford High School Cross Country and Basketball teams as head coach. Running competitively for over 15 years, Spath has run 30 marathons including the Boston Marathon 4 times and has also competed in the Ironman and Half Ironman triathlons. He believes that social runs can benefit indivdual runners greatly.
“Running with someone else gives you some accountability and people start to rely on each other, commented Spath. “It is a great way to establish a routine and meet people that enjoy doing the same thing that you do.”
Runners interested in being a part of the Monday runs can contact Bobby Spath at 302-430-7915 or at RSpath@msd.k12.de.us. “We are looking for anyone interested and dedicated to becoming a runner or already a runner,” said Spath. We want to use these runs to promote health and physical activity and use them as a catalyst to get more people out.”