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 It’s hard to believe that Back on My Feet Atlanta made its debut less than a month ago and here we are preparing for our first 5k! We are more than 80 Non-Residential Members strong and already looking to welcome new Residential Members. Atlanta has supported us well! 

We’re sending a huge thank you to Phidippides, our running store partner. They hosted a shoe-fitting for our Residential Members on November 10th and the energy in the store was electric! You can see more photos from the shoe fitting here. Phidippides has also allowed us to host Non-Res orientations at their facility which has helped Back on My Feet Atlanta reach a significant number of potential volunteers in a short period of time. If you’d like to attend our next orientation, fill out this request form.

The energy from the shoe-fitting carried over to our amazing Inaugural Run that Friday morning, 11.11.11. More than 120 people showed up at 5:30 a.m. to see Back on My Feet Atlanta in action! Following the run, more than 300 people enjoyed breakfast at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. We all listened intently as Anne Mahlum and her father gave heartwarming and emotional speeches that had people pulling out tissues and eager to help this organization reach its potential. The launch ended with hugs, smiles and generous donations. We are so grateful to our sponsors for making this possible—AAA Parking, Accenture, AT&T, Bimbo Bakeries, Cintas, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Cox Enterprises, Franklin Covey, Marriott International, Mongtag & Caldwell, Phidippides, Prommis Solutions, Southern Company and Sun Trust.

So… what have we done since the launch? We’ve been running, of course! Team Trinity, Team Gateway and Team Salvation Army are all making amazing progress. Residential Members and Non-Residential Members alike are helping each other achieve their goals. We’ve run in the pouring rain and the freezing cold—nothing stops our momentum. We’ve progressed quickly from one mile runs to two miles runs. Saturday distance runs, here we come!

In addition to our three weekday runs, these teams are preparing for their first 5k! On December 17th, come join us at the Peachtree Corners 5k. Whether you register to run or just stop by to cheer us on, your presence is always appreciated. Later that day, all of our Residential and Non-Residential Members will gather together for our holiday social at Stone Mountain Park. Last one up the mountain is a rotten egg!We’re also gearing up for our first charity partner run, the MLK Day 5K on January 16, 2012. The event director for the race is not only providing entries for our Residential Members to run, but he is also donating a portion of the proceeds to Back on My Feet Atlanta. You can register for the race online and be sure to select team Back on My Feet.

And if you haven’t already, sign up to join us for our weekday morning runs. There is no greater joy than starting your day with a hug and running with people who support you in all you do. See you in the morning!

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