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603693_10200287337004108_1469953829_nShoe Size? 9

Favorite post run food? Chocolate milk

Why do you run? In addition to keeping me sane most days, it centers me and helps me be a better person.

How many marathons/half marathons/5ks have you done? 4 marathons, around 10 half marathons and no 10k or 5ks.

Favorite race you’ve ever done? The Chicago Marathon, my first one, many years ago.

Bucket list item you plan to cross off soon? Learn to swim

Favorite music? I love all kinds, could never narrow it down to a favorite. Although, Jimmy Buffett is high on my list this time of year.

Favorite vacation spot? “Up North” Michigan

Family? Husband, John, and 2 kids. Vincent is 11 and Sydney is 7.

How did you hear about BoMF? What has BoMF meant to you? Why did you stick with it? I heard about BoMF through a friend at the same time I was looking for some new volunteer opportunities. I have loved every minute I have spent with BoMF. Through all the people I have met, residents and non-residents, they have inspired and encouraged me to learn to love better those around me and to always be grateful. Once you start, it’s easy to stick with because of the people. I continue to be humbled by the amazing people that I am surrounded with each time I show up to run.

What is your favorite memory of a time with BoMF so far?It’s hard to narrow it down. I have many great memories. If I had to narrow it down though, it would be a tie between running the Carmel half marathon with Joe, Barb and Deb and attending the BoMF Birthday Bash. It was especially great seeing all the guys,not only in the daylight, but also, all dressed up and looking sharp!

Advice for people who might want to start running with BoMF? 5:45am is not as early as it seems :). It’s a great way to start the day.

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Thanks for your dedication to the team Lori!  Keep up the great work!

Running Shoe Size:10

Joe, Tom and Brian before the BoMF 42K Relay.

Home Town/Family: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, two sisters, one brother

Fave Athletes/Coaches: Tim Duncan, (center San Antonio Spurs), Tom Brady (QB New England Patriots), Bobby Knight (former IU basketball coach)

Fave Music: Easy Listening

Fave Post Race Food: Fruit

Fave Food: Baked Chicken

In what branch did you serve? Navy, four years as a machinist

Most memorable BoMF memory? Climbing what seemed like mountains in the Planet Adventure trail run. Leon and I were jumping logs and encouraging a group of female runners and they were doing the same to us.

Why did you come out for the BoMF team?  To be part of a group and be held accountable. It makes you get up in the morning and run. I like the races, the individual accomplishments and cheering each other on.

What difference has BoMF made in your life? I’m more physically fit and mentally tough.

What’s most challenging aspect of your life right now and how are you meeting that challenge? Right now it’s getting a job.

What races have you run in with BoMF? Which one was your fave? Outrun the Sun, Joseph Maley Run, Drumstick Dash, Planet Adventure Trail Run, Trinity Trot and the BoMF 42K Relay. I’d say the 42K Relay and the Planet Adventure Trail Run were my favorites.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to watch movies, all kinds like action, tech movies and even love stories.  It takes a really funny movie to make me laugh though. I also like to read. Dr. William Glasser is one of my favorite authors.

Joe’s BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). I’d like to find consistent employment and complete the RN program that I will start in April. It should take about a year. Eventually I’d like to return to Milwaukee to be closer to my parents and siblings.

We give a runner’s salute to Joe
for his commitment to the Warman Warriors
Back on My Feet Team, his kind eyes and million dollar smile!

Joe finishes strong with his BoMF 42K Relay Team of Tom, Leon and Emily

Crossing the finish line at the Planet Adventure Trail Run

Taking it easy before Outrun the Sun

Carmel 5K Finisher!

Reggie Epperson

Running Shoe Size: 8.5

Home Town/Family: Indianapolis, 1 daughter, 2 grandaughters

Fav Music:  Classic Rock, Country

Fav Beverage: Coffee, black

Fav Post Race Food: Prime Rib

Fav Quote: “Well there are a couple I can’t say, but I’d have to say ‘That’s life’ – C’est la vie!”

In what branch did you serve? Army as a mechanic

Most memorable BoMF memory? Probably my race at the Bull Dog Jog at Butler University with Tom and James.

Why did you come out for the BoMF team?  Improve my health, obtain resources and build friendships.

What difference has BoMF made in your life? I would say I’m in better shape.

What’s most challenging aspect of your life right now and how are you meeting that challenge? Probably getting and keeping a job I like. I really loved my job in maintenance at the school. I’m a people person and I liked being around all the kids at school.

What races have you run in with BoMF? Which one was your fav? The Bull Dog Jog was my favorite but I’ve also run in Carmel 5K, Outrun the Sun, the Race Around the Reservoir, and the Eagle Creek Trail Run.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Play cards like Euchre. I don’t watch a lot of TV – I like to get out and do things.  I like cooking and working on cars but my grandkids are the love of my life!

Reggie’s BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) I would have to say get a job I like and own a home of my own with a yard.

We give a runner’s salute to Reggie for bringing his
easy going attitude and his appreciation for the simple joys in life to our BoMF Warman Warriors Team.

Warman Woods Runners Reggie and Sam received their first team SWAG

Reggie and Deb just before the Planet Adventure Trail Run at Eagle Creek Park

Reggie finishes his first race with BoMF – The Butler Bull Dog Jog

Running Shoe Size: 12

Home Town/Family: Gary, IN. Two daughters, one son.

Fave Athlete: LeBron James

Fave Music: Old School and R & B

Fave Beverage: Water!

Fave Quote: “As long as you’re at work, you’re makin’ money. When you’re  not at work, you’re spending it.”

In what branch did you serve? Marine Corps, 3 years as an 81mm mortar man.

Most memorable BoMF memory? I think I liked the BoMF Relay Race the most. I was expecting the two mile loop but I wasn’t expecting doing it three times. Even though I was complaining at the time, I kind of liked it. It opened up my breathing. We all kind of laugh about it now – me not knowing we were going to run six miles instead of two.

Why did you come out for the BoMF team?  To be a part of something positive and be a part of a group.  It’s getting me in shape instead of just laying around.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your life right now and how are you meeting that challenge? The most challenging is probably re-establishing a relationship with my kids.  I also want to buy a car and get my own place.

What races have you run in with BoMF? Pogue’ Run, Outrun the Sun, Polar Bear Doubler, Legacy Loop, New Years’ Eve Masquerace, Drumstick Dash, Indianapolis Monumental  5K and the 42K BoMF Relay.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I really just like relaxing. I work Sunday through Wednesday, 40 hours a week plus overtime.  To relax I like to watch TV, especially sports. I’m a die-hard Cubs fan, but also like watching football and basketball.

We give a runner’s salute to Leon who brings his million dollar smile to every run.  Not kidding… this man’s gratitude is immeasurable and our team would simply not be the same without him!

Leon and volunteer Emily just gettin’ jiggy with it before the Polar Bear Doubler.

 

Leon is all smiles just before running the Indianapolis Monumental 5K.

 

Running Shoe Size:11

Home Town/Family: Oklahoma City, 2 sons

Fav Athletes: Peyton Manning

Fav Music:  Enya

Fav Beverage: Coffee, Mountain Dew

Fav Quote: “You only fail if you give up.”

In what branch did you serve? U.S. Navy, 12 years

Most memorable BoMF memory? The finish line at the Bull Dog Jog at Butler University. Everyone was waiting at the finish line giving high fives.

Why did you come out for the BoMF team?  There were a few reasons: 1) I always enjoyed running, 2) begin to learn to deal with people again, and 3) it was a group (all vets) in which we were all a family.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your life right now and how are you meeting that challenge? The most challenging aspect of my life right now would have to be medical issues. I have a back surgery and knee surgeries coming up. I’m just taking it one day at a time.

What races have you run in with BoMF? Which one was your fav? I’ve participated in the Legacy Loop 5k, Polar Bear 3 miler, Big Ten Hoops 5k.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Well basically, let’s put it this way, I don’t really like having spare time.  If I were physically able I like diving, flying, spelunking but since the medical issues I’ve begun enjoying different things like cooking, gardening, reading and working on the computer. I volunteer quite a bit.

James’ BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). That would be to finish my PhD in Physics.

We give a runner’s salute to James for jumping in whenever anyone needs help. He is a most capable, helpful and contributing team member and our team would simply not be the same without him!

It’s our BIRTHDAY!

We have had an incredible year and can’t thank all of our supporters enough. There are so many people who have helped make this year so successful and we are grateful for every single one of you.

Thank you to all of our partner facilities HVAF of Indiana, Progress House, Resident Members, Core team members, Non-res runners, FundRacers, Volunteers at races, Corporate supporters and anyone else who has been involved in nurturing and growing this amazing chapter.

Purchase tickets for our upcoming Birthday Luncheon!

2012 in a nutshell:

  • 3 Partner Facilities
  • 45 active resident members
  • 3 active alumni members
  • 80 volunteers
  • 77 members served since March 8, 2011
  • 49 members who have completed a competitive race
  • 13 members who have completed a half-marathon
  • 3 members who have completed a full-marathon
  • 8 members who have obtained housing
  • 25 members are currently employed
  • 56 members have enrolled in financial literacy, job training programs or schooling
  • 83% of members in Next Steps

Check out the year in pictures:

Our first circle as a team- at the first of many BlueMile shoe fittings! Thank you BlueMile for being such an amazing supporter.

Members from team HVAF Warman at the launch luncheon at JW Marriott.

White Lodging helping us get our chapter started! Thank You!

Heading to the start line of our first race!

Ron, Sandy & Phyllis finishing up our first 5K with BoMF Indy.

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