Christopher’s Place Members of the Month: Arnell D. and Eric V.
Arnell D. has completed more than 275 miles since he started running with Back on My Feet in last March. In fact, he says that his best moment since joining the team was simply, “Starting. Saying that I was going to run a marathon one day. It came true!! I was trained, encouraged, and supported fully by my BoMF FAMILY!! I say family instead of team members.” Arnell looks forward to continuing to encourage others to achieve their personal goals because they are not alone anymore-a fact he has learned himself as he can been motivated to keep going by his BoMF family. Although he doesn’t know what his next race will be as of now, Arnell continues to run to help him “focus on what I want to do in life, where I was, and where I want to be in the future.”
Diane Dritt Amin, NRMC, teammate, and friend, says, “Arnell is team captain for CP and brings a unique energy and spirit to the team. He never fails to have a warm, welcoming smile on his face and greets every member with enthusiasm. He completed his first 1/2 marathon at the BRF and was so proud of his accomplishment, as he should be!! He is not only Member of the Month for CP, he was also recognized as Employee of the Month at Giant Foods, after only 2 months of employment there. CP loves Arnell!!”
Eric V. started running with Christopher’s Place in January 2011. He describes his best moment since joining Back on My Feet: “When I was in Chicago for the marathon this year, I joined the circle of BOMF members from that city running the race. It was amazing knowing I’m part of something that reaches across the nation.” He has recently stopped listening to music during runs and is pleased to find that he’s not as bored as he thought he would be.
Paul Hulleberg, Christopher’s Place’s Team Coach, says, “Eric is an excellent musician and founder of The CP band. He plays accordion, mandolin and hand percussion. He is soft spoken, humble, gentle and kind. Always reliable and a great team player. That’s our guy!”
Helping Up Members of the Month: Justin W. and Tiffany C.
Since Justin W. joined Back on My Feet in July, he has run over 100 miles. He says he really enjoys being around all of the positive people with Back on My Feet as well as race day. Justin says that during runs he thinks about the past few days. He’s found his biggest challenge to be the cold weather, but it won’t deter him from his goals of “get[ting] a job and focus[ing] on training for a half marathon in the spring.”
Team Leader at Helping Up Rob Carfagno says, “Justin has really taken to running with Back on My Feet! He’s a quiet leader on the team and you can just see how much he loves to be out there. A generally quiet guy by nature, he is very engaging and friendly with his teammates and I can see how proud he is to be a member of our team and improving his life through running. I was most impressed one day after a run when he told a new teammate who was getting ready to leave that ‘we stay through stretching and closing circle as part of this team.’ That’s the sign of a true leader and I found his words/actions to be very inspiring!”
Tiffany stands on the right.
Tiffany C. has been running with Back on My Feet since July. She says that during runs, “I think about not falling…some of those sidewalks are jacked up.” While she can’t decide upon a best moment since joining the team, she appreciates the support she has gotten from the team. She attributes many of her finishes to the support of her teammates who won’t let her quit.
Team Leader Rob Carfagno says, ʺIn a relatively short time on the team, Tiff has jumped right in and embraced all that Back on My Feet has to offer! She regularly attends runs, races and social events and is supportive of her teammates. She has pushed her mileage up while lowering her times and is inspiring those around her to do more as well. I am excited to see where her running takes her and see her get even more involved with the team. Tiff is a good friend of mine and I’m so glad that she has joined the team!ʺ
MCVET Members of the Month: Jamond T. and Mara M.
Jamond T. joined the team in August and has accumulated 65 miles. He says he has no complaints so far and enjoys the conversations that arise during runs. He says, “We have a friendly group of people.” His next race is the No Pain, No Spain 5K in December and he would also like to train for the Nikia Half Marathon this winter.
“Jamond is a wonderful addition to the team. He is never without a smile and always up for adjusting his pace to enjoy the company of someone new. We are all so lucky to start our day in the company of his constant enthusiastic attitude!”
Mara M. began running with MCVET in August 2011. She says that she enjoys the circle, saying that the “feeling of fellowship and caring is amazing and powerful when [the entire BoMF] come[s] together.” She says that she is usually thinking about “Everything!” when she’s running. “Or I am singing along with my running mix,” she also admits.
“MCVET is very lucky to have Mara as a teammate and now our race coordinator. As much as we all appreciate her organization and patience in her race coordinator role we really appreciate her dedicated to each team member and her encouragement with running and beyond!”