KOSSI

Welcome to Kokopelli Sun Sports Inc, the Non-Profit Organization for Runners
FOUNDERS MESSAGE:

Bill Bowerman, the great running coach used to tell the team on the first day of practice,"Running is basically an absurd pastime upon which we exhaust ourselves. But if you can find meaning in the kind of running that it takes to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd pastime: life".

Over the years running has given me an incredible sense of personal freedom and deep love for the people who run and share this sport with each other. We run to find strength in life, solve problems, increase self-awareness, and make friends.  Personally, I find the discipline something that I need in my life and it creates a means to stay healthy.  I run to improve.  When you discover running, and hiking, a hundred doors open up that lead to paths that you never knew existed.  You can run as a kid, a teenager, a parent, a couple, or in your later years.  In the last three years I’ve averaged 800 of my running miles a year pushing my two daughters in a jogging stroller.  I’ve run marathons, with my mom, brother, friends, and many strangers!  I’ve watched my kids and family run races, spent a lot of evenings at host family’s dinner tables the night before marathons with my kids, and slapped a lot of high fives reaching a new mountain peak.  There’s something deep and connecting about putting one foot in front of the other with those you care about.

Through these experiences I’ve often heard small dreams or seen cases of need that were simple in nature.  I felt that I wanted to help somehow, occasionally I did, but most often I didn’t know how.  When I initially began talking with friends about Kossi, I was surprised to hear dozens of stories of how they had been helped or had taken the chance to help someone else.  Some were amazingly simple things that snowballed into larger things, most were a small act that was remembered years later.  But the strongest impression was that people treasure this sport and the relationships they get from it, and they have wanted an avenue to share.  Regardless of all the commercial flash of running and big races, it still comes down to you and your run.  Getting out there.  It’s a simple sport; your morning walk, afternoon hike, weekender, or long trail run by yourself.  Giving back is just as simple, getting some shoes for a friend.


Elite athletes often talk about sitting on the "razors edge"; balancing their needs for training with the needs of their families.  They can explain to you better than anyone how easy it is to become self-absorbed striving to be the best at what they do.  An entire subculture exists among good athletes of helping each other improve and offering assistance when needed.  They joke a lot about their “big heads” and how to stay grounded.  I saw an athlete once buy a plane ticket for another to get to an event only to get beaten by him at the race. But he seemed to get more out of the experience as a runner than he would have by winning. Ralph Waldo Emerson said," It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself". All I'd add is that you can never really reach your potential as a runner until you are involved with your peer's goals.

I hope this doesn't become another charity, but that out of the work here, more people find meaning in their lives through running, more have stories to tell, and more see the small dream that others nurture.

-Steve Anderson