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Running as a backdrop for mentoring

Running is one of the few sports open to nearly everyone, regardless of age or socioeconomic standing. It turns out younger beginners and seniors tend to run in similar pace groups. Might there be an opportunity for mentorship 'on the run'? It's interesting to look at fitness activities both youth and seniors can do together, on equal footing, which may provide the backdrop for mentoring opportunities (in both directions).

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I often run with my mom who, while not elderly in spirit or age, is in her late 60s. She's been a life-long runner and remains competitive and active. But on our runs, we rarely talk about running. It's usually about iPhone questions, or cooking, or social stuff. 

It's interesting to look at fitness activities both youth and seniors can do together, on equal footing, which may provide the backdrop for mentoring opportunties (in both directions). 

The Spirit of The Marathon, a documentary by Mark Jonathan Harris, features Jerry Meyers (70) who is a seasoned, repeat marathonner. He helps his adult daughtor train for her first marathon. 

Kevin Helliker, in the Wall Street Journal, reports: Marathon Runners Stop Aging Out of The Race
runners 50 years and older represent one of the fastest-growing age groups participating in the increasingly popular events.

 

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