Originally Submitted by Janet White
Today it’s area of the routine. Back when it were only available in 1996, the “Running Nuns” of St. Charles Children’s Home were just searching for something to chill down an explosive behavior crisis.
“It’s part of might know about do being a family,” said Sister Mary Agnes. “Running is a component individuals daily routine. While (the kids) come here, just as they’re unveiled in every other thing as part of our routine, they’re unveiled in running. “
St. Charles Children’s Home is an organization home for troubled kids (ages 3 to 12) located across from your Rochester Common in the 1860s Victorian mansion. The youngsters result from troubled families to reside on the home with all the knowning that someday are going to either adopted or reunited making use of their families. The property is rolling out a name through running. The kids run using the nuns – Daughters of Mary Mother of Healing Love – as well as in 1997 a road race was started to benefit the home. The kids and a few in the nuns run within the race. Now in the 15th year, the St. Charles Children’s Home 5K road race is a big fundraiser for the home, raising $12,000 this season. This year’s race is on Sept. 5, 9 a.m., at Pease Tradeport.
“The running program started because we now have troubled kids here,” said Sister Mary Agnes, the street race coordinator. “The kids are derived from difficult backgrounds. Lots who come have seen or witnessed violence or are already addressed with violence by adults. We attempt to redirect that will guide them new behaviors to exchange the previous violent behaviors.”
But in 1996 the home stood a crisis on its hands. The nuns had some very hard kids and there was extreme misbehavior with the home that led the sisters by sitting with the children to see whenever they could find a way to channel that negative energy inside a positive direction. They chock-full a white board with all types of ideas, and something with the ideas was running; even though it started as hiking.
“One of the most popular troublemakers,” recalled Sister Mary Agnes, “was a woman. Sister Maximilian took her hiking each day. This girl had much energy that in the progression from the summer the hikes started becoming little jogs.”
The 2 would run after which it walk, run after which walk. By the end of the summer these were doing three to four miles inside the woods daily. Where they’d been hiking, these folks were now running every day.
“The boys got jealous,” Sister Mary Agnes said with a smile. “Sister Maximilian was bragging: ‘Rosie can outrun some of you. She ran one mile today. She ran two miles today.’ The boys got jealous.”
So they all went to the Spaulding Senior high school track and ran throughout the track. The boys said they might outrun Rosie, but because they ran round the track, they delivered individually. The oldest boy kept going. Finally it got dark and Sister Maximilian stopped them. The boys were ready to die, but Rosie wasn’t even winded.
“That was the beginning of involving all of the children inside running program,” Sister Mary Agnes said. “We saw which it was a benefit to them all.”
All of the children were interested. The nuns trained them, you start with walking as Rosie have been trained. After which it worked them up to running. That fall of 1996 they ran their first 5K. Sister Mary Rose found a brochure from your Red’s Shoe Barn 5K. Her feeling was if these folks were running with all the children every single day, test a road race. During the time, the nuns and the children were running four or so miles, so they were covering a longer distance than a 5K.
“That way they’ll see many individuals run, too,” Sister Mary Agnes said. “They’ll identify that that is something which people do. It absolutely was just a wonderful success.”
Your children loved running in the road races plus they did well. Sister Mary Agnes recalled them winning lots of the medals inside kid categories because at that time there weren’t many children running.
“I think our program sort of changed the culture of running,” she said. “As time passed, you saw a lot more parents running making use of their kids in races. You saw increasingly more kids running and many children are faster than our kids.”
There were nice thing about it coverage in the Running Nuns as well as the St. Charles Eagles (the kids’ running name). The sisters ran of their full habits and the children became recognizable through their red tank tops with St. Charles Eagles emblazoned over the front. Sister Mary Agnes believes that coverage encouraged parents to run in races with their kids.
“I think it has been great,” she said. “Because now you have a great deal of children at the races.”
To the St. Charles Children’s Home, running was an experiment that exceeded all expectations.
“We didn’t understand how successful it will be,” Sister Mary Agnes said. “But promoted was successful. That group of kids in 1996 was a very violent group and we often was required to use passive restraints together. We had that will put them safely holds so they couldn’t hurt themselves while others. It’s actually a very hard intervention and never something it suited you to be doing.”
But after the kids started running, there were a marked decline in the using restraints.
“And we’ve not used at all passive restraints since as far as there was before you run,” she said. “It does indeed help the kids channel some of that excess energy in positive ways.”
Today with running contained in the home’s daily routine, the youngsters run before school.
“I think it may help increase the risk for school day a little more successful,” Sister Mary Agnes said. “They are available in; they’ve already done their morning run. So they are able to be a bit calmer plus a little more ready to concentrate on school.”