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Thanks to Kelly Andreae, Executive Director of Back on My Feet DC, for answering some of our questions.
Tell us about your club's history.
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national, non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Anne Mahlum. Mahlum, a then resident of Philadelphia ran every morning to start her day. On her route, she passed a homeless shelter. One day she thought to herself that instead of running past these men every day that she would invite them to run with her. Since then, the organization has expanded nationally to have a total of eleven chapters across the country that seek to use running as a vehicle to combat homelessness and help individuals achieve self-sufficiency. In running, Residential Members and Non-Residential Members (Volunteers) come together to form supportive communities that help to foster positive characteristics such as perseverance, discipline, and confidence.
How much does it cost to join?
Back on My Feet is free of charge for all Members.
What skill levels are appropriate?
Each BoMF team has individuals with varying athletic abilities, but the experience as a whole is intended to not only enrich one externally, but internally as well and to foster a strong supportive community among your peers and Non-Residential volunteers.
How many members are in your club? What are your club's demographics in terms of age, gender, etc.?
Back on My Feet has 150 active Members. Our entire community is comprised of Residential Members who currently reside at one of our four partnering shelters and Non-Residential Members who are volunteers. In fostering meaningful relationships BoMF works to have a consistent relationship of 2:1 Non-Residential Members to Residential Members.
Does your club have weekly workouts/runs? If so, when and where are they?
Back on My Feet DC runs three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:45 a.m. Currently, BoMF runs out of four locations across Washington, DC. Each site has a group of volunteer Core Team Leaders who plan the routes for the runs as well as lead in morning circle. Generally runs range between one and six miles within a span of an hour. BoMF also offers long training runs on Saturdays from Union Station at 8:00am during leading up to the spring and fall distance races.
Does the group get together for social events as well?
BoMF typically has social events monthly. Some of these events include SnOlympics, a wacky winter field day, Thanksgiving Potluck and Holiday Party. Each individual team usually coordinates at least one social gathering a month included but not limited to happy hours, brunches, and other volunteer opportunities as a team.
Is your club hosting any noteworthy events/races soon? Give us details!
As BoMF DC is soon approaching its fifth birthday a celebratory run has been scheduled for the morning of March 20th near 13th and Madison NE. Back on My Feet will be hosting its annual Blue and Green Bash on May 20th at the JW Marriott. And Back on My Feet DC will have its inaugural Feet in the Street 5K on October 10th. Details on these events and move can be found at http://dc.backonmyfeet.org/dc-events.
Read more on the Back on My Feet website.
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