BENEFITING: Back on My Feet
EVENT DATE: Jun 21, 2014
Several years ago, I read an article about a non-profit organization started by a runner named Anne Mahlum. Anne's typically morning run took her through downtown Philly (a dubious place at the time) and past a homeless shelter. After several mornings of sarcastic banter with the residents, she stopped and challenged them to join her for a run. Back on My Feet was born.
BOMF invites residents of homeless & emergency centers to join organized weekly runs. Through running, participants gain self-esteem and begin to see themselves as deserving, capable, disciplined and reliable. These attributes help Residents move toward independence and create hope for their futures.
Residents who show a commitment to their running program are provided access to educational and job training opportunities and can apply for financial aid to help them move toward employment and more permanent housing. Running literally helps them get "back on their feet". The program also helps break down labels and stereotypes. When you see a group of people in t-shirts and running shorts, you see a group of runners - not a group of haves and have-nots.
While my personal experience with running has been sporadic, I can identify with the physical and mental benefits derived from the sport. To show my support for BOMF NYC, I will be participating in the River of No Return (RONR) Endurance run in Challis, Idaho on June 21st (http://runchallis.com). The 25k will take us through the Rocky Mountains with a 3500′ elevation gain. Along with my brother, Greg, we are seeking to raise $2500 ($100 for every kilometer of the race). All money raised will go directly to BOMF.
Your support will help us achieve our fundraising goal and bring much-needed funds to BOMF NYC. In addition, if you would like to run with a local BOMF team, please see http://www.bomfbeta.org/
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support,