Trisha Swanson has been a runner for more than 20 years! She has completed multiple half marathons, marathons and ultra-marathons, and recently added a half Iron-Man race to her list of accomplishments. Since Trisha is passionate about running, it was a natural stride for her to step into race directing. The Twilight Run, Pace of Courage and the Reed College 5K are a few of her past projects.

Trisha is a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). Through this dedication she is able to share her love of running with new runners while simultaneously fanning into flame a newfound passion in experienced runners.

In 2007, Trisha began volunteering for Oregon Women’s Prison Ministry, a Christian organization that provides weekly church services for the ladies at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF). Over time, a few of the inmates found out she was a runner and expressed interest in running. So in 2011, Trisha approached the CCCF administration about putting on a run event/race at the prison. As a result, Race for the Cure Inside was born.

In spring 2014, the CCCF administration asked Trisha if she had interest in creating a running program for their inmates. The run program has grown to include three training groups and two facility-wide races. This passion led to the official creation of Reason to Run in 2015.

Trisha has been married for 25 years and has two teenage children. She devotes her time to serving at her church, volunteering on her kids’ sports team, and recently discovered a love for knitting.

Q Program:

Reason to Run is a non-profit organization that exists to create a culture of hope, connection, and community. This is accomplished through a multifaceted training program designed to encourage and support both new and experienced runners. This program has been implemented at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, Oregon.

This Reason to Run Program at CCCF began in 2015. The involvement and impact has been remarkable. Around 200 inmates have trained in the program and more than 30 post-release run care packages (running shoes, bra, socks, etc.) have been provided to women who are taking this practical training and implementing it into their life rhythms after ending their time at CCCF.

While the primary focus of the running program is physical fitness, participants are encouraged to explore how running positively impacts mental health, goal setting and accountability. All participants are encouraged to support and assist other group members to reach their goals.

The program entails weekly outdoor group training sessions (60 - 80 minutes) in which all participants are invited to attend. Training sessions occur in tandem with keeping a running journal and completing mid-week personal training goals.

Training can be arduous, but we have found that it can also be fun! During training intervals, inmates cheer one another on, run in pace groups, and work together to accomplish boot camp exercises. Each session ends in a group huddle where inmates stretch and cool down as well as connect over shared training information for future training sessions.

All women are welcome! This program is not only for the experienced runner. This training program exits to aid those women looking to establish healthy habits and routines needed in creating an active lifestyle. Currently, our eight week run program is designed for the non-runner. Meetings occur once a week for coaching and informational sessions. Participants start their fitness journey with a 20-minute workout and by the completion of the program are able to walk and/or run a 5K race.

Experienced runners are welcome and encouraged to join. Weekly running sessions are adjusted for their skillset.

Informational mini-clinics are held weekly, covering the following topics:

Injury Prevention
Injury Recovery
Strength/Cross Training
Nutrition and hydration
Running Clothing and shoes
Races are run on a paved track within the prison yard.

9 laps = 1 mile
5K = 28 laps
10K = 56 laps
Reason to Run holds two annual races; one that takes place in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Our spring 2018 race is slated for May 19th. Reason to Run is partnering with Special Olympics of Oregon and Captain Marsha McCorkhill from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for the Race of Hope: a 5K/10K fundraiser for Special Olympics. Inmates pay a $10 registration fee to participate in the event and those not running/walking cheer on the sidelines.

The race committee is comprised of inmates taking part in a 15-week event management class coordinated by Reason to Run. Class participants learn the components of event management and race directing and are responsible for the key aspects of planning the Race of Hope.

As the event sponsor, Reason to Run, is proud to announce that 100% of registration fees go directly to Special Olympics of Oregon.

Reason to Run partners with Race for the Cure. Inmates register for the race and receive a numbered bib that they wear while running laps around the prison yard. This race is called Race for the Cure Inside. Inmates donate between $5 to $10 to participate in this event. Onlookers cheer on participants from the sidelines.

In the past four years over 300 inmates have participated in Race for the Cure Inside and have raised more than $1,500 toward furthering breast cancer research.

Planning is already underway for the fifth annual Race for the Cure Inside!

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