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SIZE DOESN’T MATTER – “The largest group skip to date was the first Skip in San Francisco with 50 skippers. The smallest group skip had 2 people! If you decide to put together a group skip, be sure to check your expectations at the door! It’s easy to anticipate throngs of skippers, but more often than not group skips are in the 4 – 10 people range.
Just remember, even a small pack of Skippers makes quite an impression on spectators and that’s the whole goal….spreading positive energy and encouraging smiles while getting a workout with fun people.
Here’s a perfect example of how skipping events tend to be more about the quality and not the quantity of the people that are there from an October 2000 skip report from Chicago, IL…
Healthy Life Coach, Tom Cronin, the Chicago organizer sent email invitations to 300 plus people. I sent email invites to about 200. 5 people showed for Chicago’s Skip Day. Two were a older father and daughter pair from Indiana who saw the www.iskip.com website and the third was a woman from Chicago who also saw the website. So, yes, none of the people we invited showed. Chicago is WAY too “mature” for itself. We skipped at the pace of the older dad. As you might imagine kids along the way started skipping with us. Of, course all the adults were in there “right minds” and did not try this:). 5 and the growth in the number of kids along the way was a perfect number. We skipped to the beer garden (a very healthy pit stop) at the end of Navy Pier and listened to blues and jazz. Was a perfect day. I found out later that this was the first time elderly father had done anything enjoyable/uplifting since his wife had passed away. I think it was a year or some significantly long period since she passed. I wouldn’t have known by my interaction with him… he was upbeat and fun. I learned later his daughter was ecstatic.
This skipper from Atlanta has the right attitude…
ATLANTA–January 26 2001 dawned like a harbinger of spring in Atlanta, Georgia with bright, blue skies and an explosion of dog walkers, joggers, bike riders, and the inaugural outing of the Atlanta Skipping Club. The Head Skipper for Atlanta, raced (while pushing her 1-year-old in the skipping stroller) to keep up with the sole other member of the club, her 5-year-old daughter, whose long, loose hair flew like a kite behind her as she kicked up dust from the 3-mile river-front trail with each enthusiastic skip. They skipped while chatting with joggers, while petting dogs, and while smiling at those coming toward them. Did they mind that the club turnout was so small? Not at all! They knew that their mere, self-confident presence in public would perhaps inspire others to put a skip in their step or to join them on future outings. Just wait until next month! More publicity. Custom-designed Atlanta Skipping Club shirts. And maybe, just maybe, baseball cards in the spokes of the stroller.