Women2Women - Fall 2017 - 12
pagoda pacers athletic club
By Tom Chobot
Pagoda Pacers Youth Program Director
he Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club (PPAC) shares many of the same
objectives as Women2Women. Both organizations strive to provide
encouragement, support, and empowerment to the women of our
community, through networking, camaraderie, and fellowship. W2W
promotes the social, professional, intellectual, and business sense,
while PPAC uses the physical sense with regard to accomplishment
and achievement. Kathrine Switzer, this year's Launch speaker, makes
the ideal candidate because of her contributions on both fronts.
In a recent survey of female PPAC members, 97% of respondents
indicated that they identify with at least one of the following statements, while 73% agreed with all three:
12 Women2Women Fall 2017
1. I have been able to find other women who seem to be on the
same level, and look to get the same things out of running as I
do. I am comfortable here and feel accepted.
2. I have been inspired by other women in the club, and have
become a better runner as a result. At the same time, I don't feel
intimidated by the more competitive runners either.
3. With regards to my personal safety, I enjoy having a running
partner or group to run with whenever I am able to. I have
been able to find running partners through the club that have
worked out well.