Gerhard Behrens launched into a mid-life correction within the Eighties that primarily modified the course of health and working within the Corvallis space.
Behrens, a Bay Space native who had served within the Peace Corps and labored as a technical author, mentioned that “he wished to do one thing extra vital along with his life.”
So he went again to highschool to get his educating credentials, moved to Corvallis, and helped set off a little bit of a health and working increase on the town.
At Adams Elementary College, the place he taught second-, third- and fifth-graders in addition to bodily schooling till retiring final month, he put collectively the Adams in Movement program. He constructed a 0.2-mile observe, handed out playing cards for the scholars to fill of their laps and supplied prizes for many who ran 10 miles.
“We constructed it … and so they got here,” Behrens mentioned.
Behrens secured some grants for the medals, T-shirts and different bells and whistles wanted to run this system.
“And it’s nonetheless going sturdy 13 years later,” he mentioned. “We by no means missed a beat, even in the course of the pandemic,” when the children put of their working on an honor system.
Behrens additionally helped discovered the Coronary heart of the Valley Runners, which runs all-comers meets and different working occasions. He additionally arrange a regional center college cross nation occasion at Avery Park as a result of “there weren’t sufficient races for youths.”