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Spring Creek inmate wins shoes with essay about running

Meet Delano Hall. He’s part of Spring Creek’s new running club. Last month, he and other members of the group had an opportunity to win a new pair of sneakers, thanks to the generous donation of Altra Running.

To win them, the guys had to write an essay about what running means to them. The essays were made anonymous and voted on by DOC staff and Altra Running’s Michael McKnight. Mr. Hall wrote the winning piece.

CO Justin Ennis, the club’s organizer, said: “Our shoes from Altra came in today (Monday) and even though I wasn’t getting them it was like Christmas morning for me too!  I instantly took care of the procedural work to issue him the shoes and got him called over.  He is now the proud recipient of a pair of bad mamajamas!”

He continued and said, “Seeing those shoes out and about on our compound is going to further catapult the popularity and participation of our group- we are up to an average of 20 prisoners per session and that doesn’t include other staff and five dogs that are out there pounding the pavement as well.”

Read Mr. Hall’s winning piece and check out his new kicks, below.