It’s rare that I choose a race based on the charity it supports; I’ve never raised money for a race, or trained with a group that does so. Most of the time I sign up for the swag, the location, or the route our feet will stomp through. I train with one main focus – get across the finish line!
And be coherent enough to snap a Garmin shot afterward, too.
I’ve only ever run for myself. I’ve only used it as an activity I enjoy with friends, with my own mind, with my music, or with the city I want to explore.
All of this to say, my running and I are a little bit selfish. Now, we’ve met a new group of people who might be changing all of that. They might just flip this running thing upside down, giving these feet a different kind of goal to land on.
Today I’ll be spending hours with the crew behind the DC chapter of Back on My Feet (BoMF – not to be confused with BAMF, even though they are). I’ll be learning the ins and outs of what they do on a daily basis, in addition to what they’re doing as an organization. If you haven’t heard of them yet, I’m already doing my ‘job’ – they can be found in seven major cities: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, DC, Dallas, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Philadelphia (where it all started).
Founded by Anne Mahlum in 2007, Back on My Feet is a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Back on My Feet (BoMF) does not provide food nor does it provide shelter, but instead provides a community that embraces equality, respect, discipline, teamwork and leadership. All members – regardless of race, education or socioeconomic status – join together to move their own lives forward as well as the lives of their teammates.
The DC & Baltimore chapters recently participated in the local Ragnar series – these runners know how to take on a challenge!
Tomorrow night, I’ll be at the orientation for Team Leaders. In the next 48 hours, I’ll realize that this running thing could do a lot more than just get me up before 6 a.m., fill my laundry basket with sweaty clothes or fuel a lifestyle that I’m totally in love with. There’s a lot more out there to be seen, heard and experienced – I want in!
Are you a volunteer for any type of organization around you?
If you could choose a non-profit to join, which one would it be?
I’ve always had an eye on Girls on the Run, and that’s still on ‘the list’!