This 69-Year is on a Half Marathon Skipping Mission!

Richmond, Virginia based skipper Ro Gammon’s excitement about her new skipping goal leapt from the computer screen when she contacted us to share her intention of skipping a half marathon as a way of celebrating the fact that she’s turning 70 this Fall!

Here’s the skinny on the where, when, what, why, and how behind Ro’s quest…

What inspired you to start skipping?

Knowing that I was about to reach my 70th Birthday in the fall I wanted to come up with a physical challenge to celebrate entering a new decade.

Since I come from a running background I’ve already completed marathons, half marathons, an ultra, triathlon plus I have also been an age group winner. I couldn’t think of anything that would be different or a new challenge in the running arena.

I thought about running 70 miles, etc but all those ideas still centered around running. I wanted a new and different challenge.

I’d been thinking about what to do for months. Then one day out of the blue it hit me! I would skip a Half Marathon!

How did you find

Not knowing anything about skipping except what I did as a kid, I immediately starting searching the internet to find as much information as possible about skipping for fitness. I had so many questions I didn’t know where to begin. Low and behold I found the iSkip website .

I immediately reached out and started communicating with iSkip’s founder Kim Corbin. You just can’t imagine how excited I was when we started emailing and communicating by phone concerning my new adventure.

I have been skipping merrily along ever since, just as I did many, many years ago.

Have you signed up for a race yet?

Yes, I’ve registered for the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, which will be happening on November 18th, 2018 in Norfolk , VA.

How will you train?

Since the race is in November,  I’m currently working on my training schedule for endurance and speed.

A good number of runners use an interval method where they run for a certain amount of time then walk for a period. What I’ve decided to do is skip for 90 sec. and run for 30 seconds and so on. Instead of the walking portion I will be running instead.  Those exact times might change as I get more into the training schedule.

I have to keep up with my running because I also coach a group of runners for Sports Backers, a local nonprofit that sponsors a wide variety of fitness centered activities in the area.  I am currently coaching a 14 week program to help runners prepare for this year’s Richmond Half Marathon on November 10th.

What does your community think about your mission?

I have been getting lots of support and encouragement from folks in the area.

The owner of my local workout studio, Linda Alexander of Oxygen and Iron Training Studio has offered to give me stretches and training exercises to help prepare me in my journey.

A local running shoe owner Jeff Van Horn of Lucky Road Run Shop has been working with me on the best running shoe to use for my training. He has also contacted my favorite running shoe company (Altra) to see about some adaptations that could be made to the running shoe for skipping.

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And that’s my story for now, but stay tuned here and on The Skipping Movement’s Facebook page to more adventures from SKIPPER RO!


9 thoughts on “This 69-Year is on a Half Marathon Skipping Mission!

  • May 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Go Ro!!! We’ll be there to support you all the way!!

  • May 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    This is so awesome! Can’t wait to hear more about your journey!

  • May 31, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Wow. This is awesome Ro. You have inspired so many of us in Richmond and helped us achieve our running goals. This is a new adventure that I am sure you will be leading us all towards. So proud of you.

  • May 31, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    We will be there with you all the way Ro!
    I know all your coaches are behind you!

  • June 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Gosh Ro…what can I say?..Wonders never cease . You are wonderful and great and hard to believe that you are to be 70 this fall. You have been my inspiration, and I thank you for being there for me and so many others. Keep up the good work. See you at HMT.

  • June 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Ro, you’ve always found a way to inspire many!

  • June 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    This is so cool, Ro & I can’t wait to see you achieve this goal!! You’re such an inspiration & huge motivator for the Half team….which means you’ll have LOTS of cheerleaders!!

  • June 6, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Go, Coach Ro! One more mile, don’t forget to *skip* and smile! 🙂

  • August 24, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I am a 72 year old skipping enthusiast. I have never thought of entering into a Marathon and this great lady has started me thinking. I live in Arizona and our weather is great for skipping in Winter but taxing in our Summer months. Thanks for this inspiration. We are never too old to skip!

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