Mark Fisher did a great write-up of one of Scientology’s best known “run-downs,” or traning routines. This is the Cause Resergence Rundown, aka the Running Program.
You can read Mark Fisher’s version of events at the Ex-Scientologist Message Board.
Some of the highlights;
David Miscavige, who orchestrated the removals at the time, got tremendous pleasure knowing that Mayo and the others were out there in the desert heat (over 110 degrees) running all day around a tree! He made it seem like a punishment, not an actual research rundown that LRH was working on and the Running Program got the stigma of being punishment, not help.
The running went on day after day. 7 days, 10 days, 15, days, 20 days. On and on it went. During this time, the runners all became very close to one another. When someone actually completed the program, it was a huge win for everyone.
Today, one of the entire floors in the Superpower Building is taken up by a running track. This has a far more Tron-like feel, because nothing screams high-tech more than something shiny and silver with a hint of iPod about it.