HISTORY of the Takena Running Club:
We get this question asked of us a lot... Who are you guys anyway? Where did you
come from, are you affiliated with a school... ? ... etc. OK, so here goes:
We were formed in 2005 originally as the "Rebel Running Club," which was an
unofficial running club of South Albany High School in Albany, Oregon. We had this
club formed as a way to travel in the off-season to California for the Foot Locker XC
Well, the powers in charge of our school let us know that we could not have school
name, mascot or colors associated with our cause due to liability and legality
issues. Hence the "Takena Running Club" was born.
We did it the right way and registered with Road Runners Club of America, getting
official club status with a tax ID number to boot.
People ask where we got the name from. Takena is a local term used in many
places in Albany. There's a nice park (Takena landing) on the Willamette River, as
well as an Elementary school with the same name. We needed a name quickly and
our hotshot runner at the time (Thomas VanDoren) suggested it. Since we needed
to send the name in a manner of minutes, it was quickly seconded by VC and myself.
So, that more or less brings us up to speed. Here's our club leadership:
Rick Sherman (Club President, assistant SAHS XC coach and Albany School District
Nutrition Services Director)
Chris VanCautern AKA VC (Club Vice President, Head SAHS XC coach and
Econ/Psych/History teacher, and Dollar Store bargain hunter.
Currently we have about 20 members. Usually this is the group that goes to
California with us every winter, which is our biggest event during the year. It's true
it started as a club for South Albany students, but we've branched out and we've
had members from Dallas and McKenzie high schools as well as Calapooia Middle
school of late. Since we're easy to find on the web, we've had people from as far
away as Southern California come up and join us for runs in the Summer. Last year
we had two people run with us while they came up for the olympic trials. It's been
great making new friends that way.
This year there's been talk of students from other school districts who've been
interested in joining! In fact, athletes from Lebanon and West Albany have
expressed interest in joining this summer (2009).
Another question we get is "Why does this look like a South Albany website? Well,
it's because most of our members attend there, and our coaching staff is based
there. We allow the Rebels to post their results, photos and program details here
LASTLY, the question we get from members in the community and people who
stumble on our site is "CAN ANYONE JOIN?" The answer to that is "YES!" Just visit
our store section and you can purchase a membership. Better yet, come by and
see what we're all about. We post our weekly workouts on the "workout" tab.
You're welcome to come by and meet us and try us out! We welcome ALL ages and
ABILITIES. We've had young and old, fast and not-so-fast !
Hope that helps! if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line, there's a
link on the "contact us" tab!