Christopher’s Place Members of the Month: Michael B. and Kieran S.
Michael B. has been running with Back on My Feet since July and has run over 50 miles. He said his best moment since joining Back on My Feet was being awarded the Member of the Month. His goal with the team is to “run more than I have ever run before and one day to run in a marathon.” When he’s running, Michael says, “The early morning air and warm smiles help me to keep a positive outlook on my future.” His next race will be the Baltimore Running Festival 5k.
Jordyn Manucci, Team Leader, says, “Michael has been all in since day one. He has committed to the team by volunteering to get the water every morning for us all. He has committed to the community by helping the 6th branch with the Oliver neighborhood clean up. CP is lucky to have Michael on the team!”
Kieran S. started running with Team Christopher’s Place in August 2011. He says that his best moments with Back on My Feet included run throughout last winter: a first for him since he started running. When he’s running, he says he thinks about “complicated multiplication problems (like 543×923). It stimulates the brain and kills time.” During the Baltimore Half Marathon, his next race, he’ll certainly have plenty of time to think through several of these problems.
Team Leader Jordyn Manucci says, “Kieran brings a bit of quirky to the team. His shoes are definitely a talking point, and once you can get him started, he’s more than willing to talk to you about anything especially the crazy races he does!”
Helping Up Members of the Month: Tim R. and Meredith E.
Tim R. has run over 250 miles since running with Back on My Feet. He says he most enjoys circling up on Saturday mornings, especially on the morning of Wipeout. He says his biggest challenge is talking with his teammates because he’s such a quiet person. His goal for the next three months is to get a job. His next race will be the Tuerk House 5k in November.
Team Leader Rob Carfagno says, ʺTim has been a great addition to our team. As he has admitted, he is a quiet guy, but when you get out running with him, you wouldn’t know it; he is a great person to run with and talk to! Tim is a strong runner and is always pushing himself. He likes to run long miles on Saturday mornings and his weekday runs are usually pretty quick. Tim is very thoughtful and friendly and always positive and encouraging of those around him.ʺ
Meredith E. has been running with Back on My Feet since January 2011. Her favorite moment since joining Back on My Feet: “There are too many awesome moments to capture but watching the guys confidence build over time and seeing them make strides to improve their lives is a big one and it’s what BoMF is all about. We’ve had many guys take that next step either moving out on their own, getting a job, going back to school, hitting their 1, 2, or 3+ years of sobriety and even all of the above. Running with Blue for his first race (Celtic Solstice 5 miler), 5 Mile Schmedium Challenge with Mikey B and Misha, 5:30am THUMB dance party, Wipeout (1st place baby!!), and 4am runs with Tuck, are memorable for me as well. The list is endless.” With several ultra-marathon races under her belt, her next race, the Baltimore Marathon, should be a piece of cake!
Rob Carfagno, Team Leader, says, ʺMeredith is an amazing teammate and friend! She is the true essence of Back on My Feet. She has gone way above and beyond in everything she does for the team and has done such much to help so many on our team. She is a great Team Organizer, always staying in touch with each of the guys on our team and encouraging them and pushing them to do more. She has great energy and spirit that everyone feeds off in the mornings. She is very dedicated and there are so many things that she does behind the scenes that most people don’t even realize. THUMB is very lucky to have her on our team and personally I don’t know what I would do without her!”
MCVET Members of the Month: Tony W. and Dave L.
Tony W. has run 65 miles since joining the team in May. He says there have been so many good moments since joining Back on My Feet that it’s hard to pick just on as his favorite, but if he had to choose one, “I think the Team BBQ might be at the top of the list, the mango sorbet was perfect and it was good catching up with everyone outside of the regular run.” While he has experienced some problems with foot and back issues, he’s been patient and will next race at the Marion House 5k.
Teammate Abby Ferretti says, ʺTony has become such a strong leader within the team. Where he is a man of few words (at 5:30 in the morning) his presence speaks volumes. Despite the demands of his role as Platoon Leader at MCVET, Tony has still maintained consistency in his running, continuing to challenge himself with longer distances and faster running partners.ʺ
Dave L. started running with MCVET in March. When he’s running, he’s thinking “I should probably slow down, Ross and Mitchie are back there somewhere.” One of his favorite Back on My Feet moments include “making fun of Ace (good-naturedly) for looking fresh and clean on his way to a job interview (and subsequently hearing that he got the job).” He’ll be out running the 3rd leg of the relay at the Baltimore Running Festival with other Back on My Feet teammates.
Teammate Abby Ferretti says, ʺWe’re honored to have Dave Landymore as part of Team MCVET. As a former Marine, who now serves as the Executive Director of the 6th Branch, Dave implements his veteran skillset on a day to day to basis in executing community service initiatives. This dedication to others serves as a great model for our res and nonres members alike and through his relationship with BoMF, our organizations have been able to partner on a number of events helping out in the Oliver neighborhood. As Dave’s running progresses, we wish him all the best as he prepares to tackle his next challenge at the Marine Corps Marathon!ʺ