Not everybody's a runner. Heck, 2x Reebok CrossFit Games winner, Rich Froning Jr. told us in a weekly Fit 5 interview, "I hate it (running), it's terrible." But, he's still 'The Fittest on Earth'.
If you're tight with someone not keen on running either, the SR-1 Rogue Bearing Speed Rope is the answer. Maybe even a smart idea for someone with joint issues and pain from running.