Doug Dapo

Columbus, Westerville, and Surrounding Areas

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Doug Dapo

About Doug

Running has been one of my passions for over 30 years!  Running gives me an outlet to release my stress and get recharged.  When I run, I reconnect with myself, clear my mind, refocus, and get centered within myself.

The sights, sounds, and smells I enjoy while running in nature are so relaxing and therapeutic!  Running is my escape from the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced urban society.  I love being able to run and hear the birds singing or the sound of a flowing stream.  What a wonderful experience it is to run through a meadow seeing and smelling beautiful wildflowers.  Once on a run, I saw a great horned owl swoop down a few feet ahead of me.  Now that was an awesome sight to behold!

I have also experienced so many physical benefits as a result of running and walking as well.  Being able to run has helped me keep my cholesterol down, keep depression away, keep my weight in check, and keep my heart in good shape.  Running and walking are also great weight bearing exercises to keep our bones strong to help prevent osteoporosis.

I want to be able to keep running and walking my whole life long.  Yes, I truly believe this is possible – for me and you!  How is this possible you may ask?  There are so many people I know who say they used to run but now their knees can’t take it.  Or they have foot, ankle, lower back, or hip problems.  They say their injuries are because of running.

Well, I really like what Danny Dreyer said, “It’s not running that hurts your body.  It’s the way you run that hurts your body.”  Danny and his wife, Katherine, are the founders of ChiRunning and ChiWalking.

ChiRunning and ChiWalking focuses on energy efficiency and injury prevention!  Because of ChiRunning and ChiWalking, I am learning to move my body in new ways that are more efficient.  I have discovered for myself that as I relax my body and run and walk with proper alignment, I am helping my body to prevent getting injured.

Another passion of mine is teaching and helping people!  With ChiRunning and ChiWalking, I would like to help you keep running and walking your whole life long also.  I am so thankful to Katherine and Danny Dreyer and the other Certified ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructors for sharing the gift of ChiRunning and ChiWalking with me.  As a Certified Instructor, I would like to share this gift with you.  Along with teaching workshops, I also give individual instruction and can come to your location.  Let me know how I can help you learn ChiRunning and ChiWalking!

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What others are saying...

The concept and practice of Chi walking and running is a great “find,” I feel privileged and fortunate to be a part of your program, especially at this phase in my life. Like you said, we have built up habits or methods over this many years that are counter to the Chi principles, making it a challenge to stay the course.  It’s a constant battle to check how you’re doing, but when I do it, I am always better for it. I even battle my mind, which at times I tell myself (when the run gets tough) that the “old way” is okay. But I’ve been able to overcome it most of the time, proving it wrong. I believe I eventually will convince myself that it will be unnatural to not do it the Chi way.

This email is to let you know that I appreciate the time you are spending with me and that it’s been a great benefit to advancing my enjoyment of running. Lord knows we don’t have many things to “truly enjoy” these days.

Thank you,

Jerry Magginnis, Westerville, OH


Thank you for the excellent ChiRunning Workshop.  I had no idea what to expect and it was a great experience.

Your instruction was very clear.  I learned so much the first night standing and getting connected with the alignment of my body.  I appreciate the fact that we practiced each lesson enough times for me to remember it when I got out on the roads to try a run on my own.  Your explanation that this is a practice that will improve my running over time was also helpful.  So instead of expecting a complete change, I am incorporating the ChiRunning lessons a little at a time and watching the improvements.

The two biggest improvements so far are in my speed with much less effort (YAY!) and in controlling my back pain.  I struggled with a disk problem for the last year and I really believe that what I learned in your class will help keep my back healthy for many years of running.  Thank you again!

Sue Markovitch, Personal Trainer, Westerville, OH


I became aware of Chi Walking after knee surgery when my PT suggested that I had to change my walking style to avoid further knee pain.  He suggested I contact Doug Dapo and after the four hour walking lessons, I am a total convert to this mechanically sound way of walking.  Doug is an excellent teacher, explaining in clear, visual terms first about correct posture, then slowly progressing through Chi Walking mechanics ending with a faster walking pace accompanied by a metronome. I found him interesting to listen to, easy to follow, and supportive of my progress.    Now, I always “Chi Walk”.  The traditional heel strike walk doesn’t feel natural any longer.

Betsy Morrison, Dublin, OH

Dear Doug,

Reading a book is one thing, but to have that book brought to life and to be able to practice what you are attempting to learn with a knowledgeable and energetic instructor is the perfect way to go.  This journey to better understanding the Chi Walking principles will help me walk healthier and pain free.  Thank you also for putting to rest the theory of “no pain, no gain” as something I should remove from my vocabulary.  Slow and steady improvement will win the race to a healthier life.

Doug, my back thanks you and I thank you for a great experience.

Brenda Day, Wilmington, OH

After reading the chi running book and watching the DVD, I was very much interested in a chi running workshop.  I found Doug to be very knowledgeable in the chi running techniques and his workshop to be quite beneficial.  He was very thorough with individual instruction in all areas of chi running.  I particularly benefited from the section on hill running.  He video taped me running and it was enlightening to actually see my running form.  I realize that mastering all the chi running techniques is a process and I feel that Doug has been an important part of that process for me.

Judy Parsons, Charleston, WV

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