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Board Member

Local Address:  Caldwell , Idaho , United States
Girls On the Run Idaho

Employment History

  • Head of Sponsor Services
    Women's Fitness Celebration
  • Sponsor Services Coordinator
    Women's Fitness Celebration
  • Board Director
    Running USA
  • Sponsor Engagement
    St. Luke
  • Event Director, Sponsor Services
    St. Luke

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • University of Idaho
27 Total References
Web References
Lorene ..., 17 Jan 2014 [cached]
Lorene Oates
Lorene Oates is celebrating the women of Idaho. She has been a vital part of the St Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration for 16 out of 19 years. Lorene is currently head of Sponsor Services for the Women's Fitness Celebration. Her focus on fitness extends year round as she is a board director for both Running USA and Girls On The Run. Lorene will give her insights on Idaho's women and how the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration has changed the image of health for all.
"What we're recommending is for people ..., 24 Sept 2010 [cached]
"What we're recommending is for people to take the shuttles from Boise Towne Square mall," said Lorene Oates, sponsor services coordinator for the Women's Fitness Celebration.
Leadership Advisors Group, 1 Aug 2008 [cached]
In September 2006, while registering for my first ever road race, it was serendipitous meeting Lorene Oates, the event director for St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration. I took an instant liking to her not just because of the name but because of her kindness and humility. Even though Lorene directs America's largest women's 5K race, she took the time to accept my late registration form and tell me what to expect on race day.
After I made the commitment to run my first marathon in 2007, Lorene and I met again.
Lorene Oates is one of the 2008 Idaho Women of the Year award recipients for her outstanding leadership and direction of St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration 5K Run, Walk, & Stroll. As the director of America's largest 5K race for women, Lorene was recently appointed to the board of directors for Running USA, a national race director's organization. She sits on the board with personalities like, The ING New York City Marathon director, Allan Steinfeld and John "The Penguin" Bingham, my all time favorite adult on-set athlete, author, and motivator that has inspired me to 'Waddle On.' (it would be another happy accident if I ever got the chance to meet "The Penguin")
As an Idaho native and long time Caldwell resident, Lorene's roots are tied deeply to the JR Simplot Company, where her father retired from the Food Division after 33 years. While attending the University of Idaho, Lorene accepted an intern position with the PR Department of the JR Simplot Company, where she began honing her craft, but it was Lorene's father that taught her some of the most valuable lessons. Along with being rooted in old fashioned hard work and having the ability to be part of something bigger than herself, Lorene's dad taught her to, "always remember people's names."
Lorene originally joined the Celebration staff to coordinate the Women's Show which is held in conjunction with packet pick-up. Lorene's knowledge in sales, media, and promoting events didn't go to waste as she stepped into her role.
Lorene was eventually invited by Anne Audain to become the event director.
Besides all the volunteer hours Lorene had donated to the event, she had a wealth of creativity and event promotional experience. By 2001, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center became the presenting sponsor for the event, changing the name to St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration 5K Run, Walk, & Stroll.
As a not-for-profit corporation, the daily operations of the Celebration office runs much like a family that lives from paycheck to paycheck. They make their budget a $1,000 at a time and rely on faith and donations to keep their doors open. In the earlier years, Lorene's staff sometimes would juggle payroll according to who needed to make a personal mortgage payment. She remembers those days fondly but is thankful that finances are a little more stable for the organization since St. Luke's adopted them in 2001.
The spoken rules and overall nurturing culture of the Celebration Family has no room for negative self-talk or contempt. "Even though I consider myself to be flexible for a fat girl," that rule would take some getting use to for me. (smile)
As part of the successful Celebration Team, Lorene has had to apply many of the same techniques as one would in training for a marathon; a lot of passion, sweat, hard work, coaching, faith, and always keeping her eye on the ultimate goal.
This year has been pivotal for Lorene as she has taken charge of her own fitness, trained for her own races, which included the Sawtooth Relay and Robie Creek, and taken time to celebrate her own accomplishments. Lorene feels, "Running is the one thing you can win for yourself. Take Hold and Keep it! As a strong Christian woman, Lorene desires to rely on God and in return give Him the credit for her success.
Since I started running in January of 2007, I've had countless people tell me why I should never attempt it in my 40's. I also had a very frustrated orthopedic surgeon tell me I should just take up knitting because my calf muscle wasn't healing the way he thought it should. Of course, when comparing myself to Deena Kastor or Constantina Tomescu-Dita, I'm tempted to join the noise, but after meeting someone like Lorene Oates, I realize I would miss out on some of life's sweetest serendipitous moments.
Girls On The Run, 16 May 2010 [cached]
Lorene Oates* - President
Karen Sander, Jeannette Risch and Lorene Oates sat down and made the plan.
Behind the scenes Karen and Lorene worked on the administration, marketing and funding resources for the program.
In 2001, Jeannette, Lorene and Karen formed Girls on the Run - Idaho and our official non-profit was born.
Board of Directors | Running USA, 17 June 2011 [cached]
Lorene Oates Director
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