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Joshua Shafer

Joshua Shafer
United States
Stuff About Me:

SinceIn 2013 I found myself basically homeless and not a penny to my name and looking for something to gain discipline and self-confidence back. Not that I never had it. But after my addiction to drugs and Alcohol had destroyed my life for the last time with nothing left to fix. It was now up to me to fix it. I and truly found it in running. However, I did not get without any help. I found a little un-Kwon store to me in NE MPLS where the 2 owners never made me feel unwanted or that I needed to spend a Million dollars to get a Million dollar customer service. And we all know that is what MCR is all about. Well, at least I do. I've always said that Jeff and Bekah are the 2 most amazing business owners with the heart of gold. And because of MCR I found and got into the NE MPLS running scene in 2013. I also found an amazing Rock themed and kick ass free workout class called Boot-Camp that was run by another amazing couple who welcomed me from the very 1st time I met them and made me felt accepted and who also had the heart of Gold. Expect this heart wanted to cause positive pain every Tues and Thursday morning LOL. And those 2 as we all know were Roger and Rebecca. Who truly are the 2 people I credit to introducing me to a lifestyle of fitness and healthy living.

My story can and has been summed up like this. In 2013 I weighed close to 200 pounds and smoked a pack of cigarettes and day and could not run.30 miles on a treadmill without wanting to throw up. But a year later I accomplished some amazing things in running that I have learned are not the core of my story. But I could run a 5k in 19:10 and 10k in 42.59 and ran in a Ragnar run. None of that and more would have never happened had I not crossed paths with the 4 people I mentioned to help answer all my questions and made me feel welcomed to a healthy new lifestyle. And that's why this means so much to my heart and soul. Is to give back what was given to me and to know what it feels like to be encouraged and made to feel welcomed into this amazing world of running. No matter what fitness level you are at and that discipline and self-confidence truly can be found in its truest form through a fitness driven lifestyle. 

If you made it this far I thank you for taking the time to read a little bit of my story that I em not ashamed of nor wish it had not happened to me. And I truly only now are driven to help others like I was helped back in 2013.


Joshua Shafer



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Joshua Shafer's Fundraisers

Drumstick Dash for Mile in My Shoes

Drumstick Dash for Mile in M…

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40% Raised of $500 Goal