My fellow runners from Team SOMERVILLE have inspired my to run my first ever marathon, the Boston Marathon (might as well start with the most famous one) with my Back on My Feet team!
Back on My Feet (BOMF) is a remarkable non-profit organization with dedicated staff and amazing runners. Founded in 2007, Back on My Feet is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within homeless populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem, tools that they use to secure job training, employment and housing.
Besides Team Somerville (affiliated with the Somerville Homeless Coalition) which meets in Davis Square, there are other Boston-area Back on my Feet teams of residential (homeless) and non-residential (volunteer) members that also run together at 5:45 am, three times a week at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Hope House, St. Francis House, Boston Rescue Mission, and Father Bill's Place.
I never imagined pursuing the goal of running the Boston Marathon until I joined the Back on my Feet team in September 2011. Seeing several of my teammates finish their first 5Ks and cheering on our residential members, Brian and Wahid, as they completed last year's sweltering marathon has truly empowered me. Actually, we all empower each other. The team's indomitable spirit and camaraderie during group runs - at 5:45 am, three mornings per week - regardless of weather conditions - is remarkable. The group has a relentlessly positive tone which gives us all strength that carries us through the day.
When I first learned about the opportunity to "fundrace" for Boston BOMF, I just couldn't pass up the chance to run such a prestigious race AND raise money for Back on My Feet. I am so lucky to train for and run the Boston Marathon with the BOMF Boston Marathon team. I can't imagine doing it any other way.
My minimum fundraising commitment is $5,400 and, with your support, I can reach or exceed my goal! Please note that the $5,400 goes entirely to Back on My Feet AND all donations are tax deductible. No money goes to pay for my training or race entry fee. Back on my Feet receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations to keep its great programs running.
To find out more about Back on my Feet, check out their website: www.backonmyfeet.org and check out the video in the photo section of this site along with the photos of the team in training and at races.
Thank you in advance for helping me achieve my goal of raising at least $5,400 for this phenomenal organization and running the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.