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Every year, a diverse group of runners from across the country join together to form the esteemed Back on My Feet Boston Marathon Team, Team Running Home. This April 15, team members will descend upon Boston from as far away as Georgia to run one of the world’s premier marathons while raising money and awareness for the Boston chapter.

As of today, the team has raised over $44,002 towards their collective goal of $81,000. We’ll be highlighting runners from Team Running Home until April 15 so everyone can get to know this phenomenal team a little bit and cheer them on from near and far. I asked each runner to answer three short questions about themselves, and I’ll share those with you here. You can help support the 2013 Team Running Home here.

This week’s featured runner is … me. Bridget Horne. This is my fifth marathon, but my very first Boston and I could not be more excited. Here’s a quick intro to who I am and why I’m running the 2013 Boston Marathon for Back on My Feet.

I’ve been a part of Back on My Feet since July 2009. I first joined the organization as a Non Res member in my hometown of Philadelphia. Less than a year later, I found myself moving to Boston around the same time that BoMF was launching the Boston chapter. I was soon hired as the Director of Communications and Corporate Relations, and have dedicated not only my volunteer hours, but my career to Back on My Feet ever since.

2012 was a particularly tough year for me with a few serious health scares (two major stomach surgeries within 11 months) and some personal issues that turned my life upside down. Throughout it all, BoMF and my running helped me keep my head up and stay sane (usually).Today, I’m proud to say that I’m cancer survivor with an officially clean bill of health who is running the 2013 Boston Marathon — I never dreamed that would happen six months ago! Back on My Feet has changed the course of my life and I am proud to be a member of this year’s Team Running Home. When I’m not “BoMFing” you can usually find me on the beach (come on, summer), curled up with a good book, or spending some time with my good friends.

Q1: If you had to sum yourself up in 140 characters or less, what would you say?
A1: Loving of running, words, and late night dance parties.

Q2: What does running mean to you?
A2: Running has literally been a life saver for me. During the days I was too sick to get out of bed, I longed to feel the pavement beneath my feet (I keep reminding myself of that when I’m out there cursing winter on a 20-mile training run). While I’ve been going through personal issues, it’s helped me make sense of my life and gave me concrete, attainable goals during a time when I felt like I was spinning out of control – like running the Boston Marathon. It keeps me fit; it keeps me happy; and perhaps most importantly, it allows me to eat all the pizza and donuts I want without feeling guilty.

Q3: Why Back on My Feet?
A3: I’ve been a part of Back on My Feet for almost four years and can honestly say it has changed my life. It’s brought some of the most amazing people into my life and formed lasting friendships. It’s showed me that there are second chances and that everyone is deserving of them. It’s taught me as much about myself as it has about the issues and challenges of homelessness and addiction. I will forever be thankful for what Back on My Feet has been for me.

I’ve currently raised 45% of my fundraising goal of $5,400. Help me get to the finish line!

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Knocking out some snowy miles with my favorite trail running partner, Roo!

Every year, a diverse group of runners from across the country join together to form the esteemed Back on My Feet Boston Marathon Team, Team Running Home. This April 15, team members will descend upon Boston from as far away as Georgia to run one of the world’s premier marathons while raising money and awareness for the Boston chapter.

As of today, the team has raised over $34,000 towards their collective goal of $81,000. We’ll be highlighting runners from Team Running Home until April 15 so everyone can get to know this phenomenal team a little bit and cheer them on from near and far. I asked each runner to answer three short questions about themselves, and I’ll share those with you here. You can help support the 2013 Team Running Home here.

This week’s featured runner is Brian Cotter.  Brian hails to us from the Back on My Feet D.C. chapter. We are always thrilled to welcome fellow Back on My Feet family members from across the country to our Boston team and are honored that Brian chose the Boston Marathon to make his miles count for more than just distance.

Q1: If you had to sum yourself up in 140 characters or less, what would you say?
A2: Native New Jersey-an who pumps his fists, not his gas. Joined BoMF La Casa (D.C.) in January 2011 and have been a part of the org. ever since.

Q2: What does running mean to you?
A2: Running gives me a great opportunity to socialize with new people in a new city while staying fit. There is nothing like going out for a long Saturday run with a great group of people who take your mind off the next 20 miles!

Q3: Why Back on My Feet?
A3: I heard about BoMF when Ann Mahlum was nominated as a CNN Hero (video here) for starting this organization. I thought it would be a great way to get out there and help people vice the traditional way of just running 5k, 10k etc. that donated to a number of different causes.

Brian has currently raised $2,640 out of his goal of $5,000. Let’s help get him across the finish line! You can support Brian’s Boston Marathon campaign here.

Go, Brian, go!

Go, Brian, go!

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Every year, a diverse group of runners from across the country join together to form the esteemed Back on My Feet Boston Marathon Team, Team Running Home. This April 15, team members will descend upon Boston from as far away as Georgia to run one of the world’s premier marathons while raising money and awareness for the Boston chapter.

As of today, the team has raised over $27,000 towards their collective goal of $81,000. We’ll be highlighting runners from Team Running Home until April 15 so everyone can get to know this phenomenal team a little bit and cheer them on from near and far. I asked each runner to answer three short questions about themselves, and I’ll share those with you here. You can help support the 2013 Team Running Home here.

Today’s featured FundRacer is Nicole Reilly. Nicole is another dedicated Non Res Member here in Boston. She has been a member of Team Father Bill’s since the team’s inception in Quincy. Her quiet leadership has kept this eclectic group coming back for more every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Due to their location in Quincy, Father Bill’s is a bit more isolated than the rest of our Boston teams and we are grateful for the dedication and perseverance of members like Nicole.

Nicole has previously been a FundRacer for the chapter’s Falmouth Road Race team and is back in bigger and better ways for this year’s Boston Marathon.

Meet Nicole.

Q1: If you had to sum yourself up in 140 characters or less, what would you say?
A1: Mother of five … practical jokes … won ‘Slowest Woman’ trophy … 26.2 sub 4-hour wannabe … faith filled … loves Poor Me Tea … all things purple … cooking … rainbows … child’s pose

Q2: What does running mean to you?
A2: I have discovered that running cures all. Running helps me solve my problems. It helps me find an answer to a question. I run because I am happy. I run because I am sad. I run because it is a beautiful day. I run because it’s raining and I want to feel raindrops on my face. 

I love running for what it does for me. I think that it makes me a better person.

I do not run because I am fast. Because I am not. But that is okay. It makes me humble. I can run alone and I can run with others.

I run because I can. I am grateful for that.

Q3. Why Back on My Feet?
A3: BoMF “had me at hello.”

The serenity prayer…early morning/sunrise runs … giving someone hope … priceless …
My alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I am pulling into Father Bill’s at 5:10 to meet our team. We do introductions. We have a question of the day. We circle up, arms together to say the Serenity Prayer and off we go into the dark morning. I have never, ever regretted waking up for one of these runs. I learn something about myself. I learn something about a teammate. Maybe they don’t want to talk. Maybe they were waiting for someone to care enough to want to talk to them. Every morning there is a story that I bring home with me. Whether it was something I heard, something I said, something I saw. BoMF makes me better and if I can make at least one person’s day better, then it’s more than worth it.

Nicole and all of her kids showing off their hardcore BoMF Boston pride!

Nicole and all of her kids showing off their hardcore BoMF Boston pride!

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Every year, a diverse group of runners from across the country join together to form the esteemed Back on My Feet Boston Marathon Team, Team Running Home. This April 15, team members will descend upon Boston from as far away as Georgia to run one of the world’s premier marathons while raising money and awareness for the Boston chapter.

As of today, the team has raised almost $25,000 towards their collective goal of $81,000. We’ll be highlighting runners from Team Running Home until April 15 so everyone can get to know this phenomenal team a little bit and cheer them on from near and far. I asked each runner to answer three short questions about themselves, and I’ll share those with you here. You can help support the 2013 Team Running Home here.

This week’s Featured FundRacer is Erika Mark. Erika is sisters with Team Running Home member Heidi Wheatley. Awesome must run in the family, because Erika is the epitome of the word. She has been a member of BoMF Boston’s Team Hope House since the chapter’s inception in May 2010 and has been one of the team’s most diligent Non Res members since the get go.

Erika helped shape the face of Hope House through the team’s ups and downs and always brings her smile and contagious laugh to the morning circle. This is her first year running the Boston Marathon and we’re honored she chose to make her miles count for Back on My Feet.

Meet Erika.

Q1:  If you had to sum yourself up in 140 characters or less, what would you say?

A1: Enthusiastic BOMFer; coffee-aholic & am coming to appreciate running in the city.

 

Q2: What does running mean to you?

A2: Running can be a friend or a foe (depending on the day!).  It may take all my will-power to get out the door, and even if its only for a quick 3 miler, by the time I’m done, I feel like a million bucks just for having done it – ESPECIALLY with the winter we’ve had!  Its easy to run on a “perfect weather day” –  its the days when its gusting wind, blowing snow and 10 degrees out that I feel like a REAL runner!

 

Q3: Why Back on My Feet?

A3: I first heard about BoMF when I read about it in Runners World.  It was just launching in Baltimore when I moved to Boston.  In Baltimore, there is a large homeless population and I was intrigued by Anne’s idea to sew the seeds of running into such a diversely challenging population (mental health, addictions, etc).  When BoMF launched in Boston I jumped at the chance to become a part of the Hope House team.  And despite the heartache sometimes associated with the attachments that are inevitably made with our guys (seeing them through many successes and sometimes failures), I have nothing but respect for the BoMF mission and believe that we are doing our best every day to make a difference in our community.  Running the Boston Marathon for the first time and fundraising for such a unique and important organization was a no-brainer.  GO BoMF!

Help Erika get to her fundraising goal of $5,400. Team Running Home can’t do it without your support!

Erika earning her finisher's medal with Steve and Joey, two Hope House teammates

Erika earning her hardware with Steve and Joey, two Hope House teammates

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Every year, a diverse array of runners from across the country join together to form the esteemed Back on My Feet Boston Marathon Team, Team Running Home. This April 15, team members will descend upon Boston from as far away as Georgia to run one of the world’s premier marathons while raising money and awareness for the Boston chapter.

As of today, the team has raised more than $14,000 towards their collective goal of $81,000. We’ll be highlighting runners from Team Running Home each week so everyone can get to know this phenomenal team a little bit and cheer them on from near and far. I asked each runner to answer three short questions about themselves, and I’ll share those with you here. You can help support the 2013 Team Running Home here.

This week’s Featured FundRacer is Heidi Wheatley. Heidi was the first official member of Team Running Home for the 2013 season and her enthusiasm was the perfect way to kick off the 2013 Boston Marathon at Back on My Feet.

Heidi takes this year’s prize of Farthest Teammate, hailing from her home in Acworth, GA. She’s been a member of the Atlanta chapter of Back on My Feet since the chapter’s inception and is lucky enough to be sisters of one of our most dedicated Boston Non Residential Members and Team Running Home Members, Erika Mark. Awesomeness must run in this family.

Meet Heidi.

Q1: If you had to sum yourself up in 140 characters or less, what would you say?
A1: Can’t get enough of running, my family or watching Law and Order reruns.

Q2: What does running mean to you?
A2: Running is my sanity. It has helped me get through challenging times and encourages me to push myself.

Q3: Why Back on My Feet?
A3: Running has been so good to me … I love sharing it with others. I believe that the way to change a life is to be supportive and provide the tools needed for them to do so. BoMF stresses self-sufficiency and not dependence … right up my alley. I am constantly inspired by our res members and think that they give me way more than I give them.

Support Heidi by donating to her campaign today!

Heidi with her son Colton and dog Abby: "I am in love with running but Colton is my heart -- I don't know who I am without either. :-)"

Heidi with her son Colton and dog Abby: “I am in love with running but Colton is my heart — I don’t know who I am without either. :-)”

Collin with Manchester Residential Member Ed at the Back on My Feet 42K Relay. They have logged many miles together!

Shoe Size?  10

Favorite post run food? It’s a toss-up between donuts and my favorite, go-to sandwich: toast with peanut butter, sometimes with a little Nutella, and bananas

How many marathons/half marathons/5ks have you done? I’ve run three marathons, ten half-marathons, and a handful of 5- and 10-k races.

Favorite race you’ve ever done? It’s a three-way tie between the marathons I’ve run.  My first was the 2008 Marine Corps Marathon.  It’s a great race with a beautiful course.  Like many runners’ first marathon, it’s very memorable.  The second was the 2011 Carmel Marathon.  It was fun to be a part of the inaugural race.  Much to my surprise, I placed 9th and qualified for the 2012 Boston Marathon, my 3rd and most recent marathon. 

Favorite music? Indie (Alternative, Rock, Folk)

Favorite athlete/team/sport?  My favorite sport?  Football…err…what we call “soccer” here.  I played growing-up and I’ve always loved the sport.  I’m a big fan of Manchester United, an English football club.  I do love the Colts, though; gotta support the hometown team!  My favorite athlete is ultra-runner Dean Karnazes.  I’ve read his books and even had the chance to run with him when he came through Indiana in April 2011 during his “Run Across America.”  I question whether or not he’s a human with the mileage he’s able to endure (ha), but he’s an inspiration to me and many other runners.      

Favorite vacation spot?   Siesta Key, FL.  My family’s gone there for years.  It’s a great location and we have so many great memories there.

Bucket list item you plan to cross off soon?  I plan to run thirty miles on my 30th birthday this coming May.  If all goes well, I’ll sign-up for an ultra-marathon, more than likely a 35-miler. 

Why do you run?  Tough question!  My dad ran when I was younger, so I guess you can say it’s in my genes to be a runner.  When I was a Senior in college, though, one of my best friends who happened to be an amazing Cross Country and Track runner, challenged me to run the Indianapolis Mini Marathon.  I took him up on the challenge, even though the race was on graduation day.  Since that day, it’s been a part of my life.  Also, when I was 12-years old, I was in a pretty serious “bicycle vs. car” accident, I being on the bicycle.  It was a serious accident, one that threatened my future physical abilities.  The fact that I came very close to losing the ability to walk, let alone run, is cause for me to give thanks for the ability to run and not take each mile for granted.

Tell us about your family?  My wife, Anna, and I have been married for nearly six and a half years.  We actually met in pre-school; corny story, right?  We grew-up knowing one another and reconnected in college.  She’s awesome in every way and is very supportive of my running endeavors, which is a huge blessing.  Not everyone can understand and/or appreciate when you say “Hey, I’m going to be gone for the next 2-3 hours on a training run. I hope you don’t mind!”  We don’t have any kids, yet, but we do have a dog, Basher, who’s a Miniature Schnauzer.

What is your day job?  I work for ExactTarget, an Indianapolis-based SaaS (Software as a Service) company on the Existing Business Sales team.  We work with clients of all sizes in their marketing efforts through channels like Email, Mobile, Social, and the Web.  It’s a great company and I am extremely thankful to be part of the ExactTarget team.

What is your most memorable BoMF memory?  It’s tough to pick just one memory as there have been many memorable moments.  My first run with BoMF, May 9, 2012, is pretty special, though.  As anyone entering a new community or team, there’s always a bit of hesitation and anxiety; it’s almost inevitable that you experience some sort of “me and them” type of feeling.  The special, unique thing about BoMF is that there is no “me and them.”  Sure, there are residents and non-residents.  When we gather to run, though, we’re all runners.  Honestly, it took me two weeks to figure out that one of the guys I was running with was a resident; I had no idea!  That’s a testament to the community BoMF creates.           

How did you hear about BoMF?  I heard about BoMF through Social Media.  It was early 2011 when I began seeing tweets about BoMF-Indy.  I began to research and was really intrigued with the organization.  At the time I was living in Fishers and working in Anderson, so making it downtown for the 5:45 AM runs was a logistical challenge.  I had committed in my mind, though, that when I began working downtown I would begin running with BoMF.

Why did you stick with it?  I knew before my first run with BoMF that it was something I wanted to be a part of, so it wasn’t and isn’t a hard thing to commit to.  Sure, the 4:30 AM alarm can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but I love running – the confidence it builds, community it creates, the health benefits, etc.  I know not everyone loves running, even those that get involved with BoMF, at least initially.  I’m not sure if it’s a “gift,” but I definitely enjoy it and if I can use running to help build community with others, I’m happy and grateful to do it.

What has BoMF meant to you? Like any endeavor in life when you set out to help someone else, you end-up learning, growing, and receiving more than you thought possible.  BoMF has done just that for me.  When I began with BoMF, I thought I’d be using my love and enjoyment of running to help someone else.  While that may be true, I’ve been given much more than I could have imagined.  My time with BoMF has been humbling and enriching.  There’s nothing like a bunch of sweaty runners, standing in a circle, reciting the Serenity Prayer to remind us that we need one another in life.  Regardless of age or where our lives have taken us, we can improve not just in running, but in many aspects of life.

How is BoMF helping you with your future career?  The obstacles and life challenges that I’ve seen BoMF residents overcome (or are currently overcoming) are constant reminders that I can overcome the challenges in my life.  Whether that be work-related or not, I’m reminded of the inner strength that I believe lies within all of us.  Work presents challenges to all, but often those challenges pale in comparison to some of the “life” challenges that many deal with.  I know that with perseverance and commitment, like I’ve seen with BoMF, the goals in my life can be achieved.

Advice for people who might want to start running with BoMF?   Just Do It! (credit to Nike for that one).  If you have the slightest inclination or curiosity about BoMF, attend one of the interest meetings.  Even if you’re not a runner, we have groups that walk.  And if you’re not a walker, there are other ways to volunteer. 

Anything else you want to share with readers?  Obviously, you’ve made it this far in this Q&A and know that I love running.  I’m an advocate for BoMF, but I also realize running may not be everyone’s “thing.”  If you know what your “thing” is, though, find a way to share it with others.  Whatever it is, be it running, mentoring, or something else, it’s a gift and talent you’ve been given.  Share that with others and in the process of sharing that gift, your life will be blessed as well.

BoMF FundRacers and Members ready to take on the 2012 Boston Marathon

April 16, 2012 dawned unseasonably hot in Hopkinton for BoMF Boston resident members Brian, Wahid, Austin, Jared and 27,000 other fellow runners as they huddled in the Athlete’s Village looking for shade before stepping onto the searing 26.2 mile asphalt griddle that would serve them up in the 116th edition of the Boston Marathon. Hopefully they would all do well and not be well done in the heat. Extreme weather warnings came a few days earlier with dire predictions of temperatures spiking into the 90s with generous dollops of brilliant sunshine to boot.

Some of the BoMF crew ready to board the bus to Hopkinton. Photo by Paul Bishop

“Could be hotter than the infamous ‘run for the hoses’ Boston Marathon of 1976″, said some Nostradamus and Chicken Little wannbes. Not exactly ideal race conditions for the many who trained for Boston in winter conditions or for those fortunate enough to train in warmer climates for that matter.

But if one makes a commitment to run Boston one knows well in advance that the world’s most storied marathon comes with a huge caveat: local weather in April can be cold, wet, windy and nasty. Or it can be hot, humid and nasty with no breeze at all, or it can be anything in between or all of the above. And possibly all in the same day. So one has to be prepared yet flexible to be successful in Boston. In that regard, preparing for the Boston Marathon is not unlike preparing for life itself: setting goals, doing the hard work in training and being ready to adjust the game plan accordingly when things get beyond one’s control.

Expect the unexpected. BoMF Boston’s team did all of that and then some heading into the race. As they all gathered for a final team photo just before heading to their starting corrals, the smiles were broad and confidence was brimming with heartfelt bravado. Heat? What heat? But to quote an anonymous joking wisegal in the group (with the initials MG), “Why does this remind me of one of those photos of folks smiling at Mt. Everest’s base camp just before … ?”

But nothing would deter Brian, Wahid, Austin or Jared that day from their dreams of completing their first marathon, not after the challenges they’ve faced in their own lives and all that they’ve gone through during the arduous months of training prior to the race. Each one went through undulations of uncertainty wondering if things like that strange ankle, hamstring or calf twinge was really just a tweak or harbinger something more ominous. Or some secretly wondered if they really had the right stuff to handle the rigors of 17 and 21 mile long runs because after all when fantasy collides headlong with reality sometimes the results aren’t pretty.

Marathon training is challenging enough for any runner but for someone who is working hard to get back on their feet, for whatever reason, the challenges can sometimes seem daunting and insurmountable. But again, Brian, Wahid, Austin and Jared had weathered too much personal heat on their own over time to come up short on a race day that freakishly served up an inconvenient truth of some hot weathered heat of its own.

As the medical tents along the course bulged with one running casualty after another, the crew from BoMF Boston soaked themselves in the garden hoses sprinkled throughout the course. They barreled through the retro-Beatlesque shrieks of Wellesley College co-eds, and past the well oiled and well intentioned yahoos that noisily dot and litter the course from BC right through to Kenmore Square, to the right on Hereford, to the left on Boylston and to the finish line in Copley Square. Brian, Wahid, Austin and Jared not only soaked themselves in hoses, but they soaked themselves in glory and accomplished something that will last them a lifetime.

Our admiration, pride and respect for them for what they did, especially in those conditions, is off the charts. They have all earned our heartfelt congratulations. We are grateful for their teammates and BoMF Boston staff who supported them throughout the long training season and on race day itself. Because of those efforts, the 2012 Boston Marathon was truly a major highlight in the two year history of BoMF Boston.

Austin Baker and Meg Goughan, BoMF Program Director, as they crossed the finish line. Photo by Paul Bishop

Now that the Boston Marathon is behind us, Back on My Feet Boston would like to take just one more moment to thank all of the incredible people who made this year’s marathon the best EVER for Back on My Feet: John Hancock, b.good, Ben & Jerry’s, the Burger Brigade, and each and every one of our fundraisers.

While raising funds for a deserving cause like Back on My Feet is ALWAYS awesome, it’s not always easy. And no matter what, it takes a lot of passion, energy, and creativity. That’s why we’re so very thankful for the amazing men and women who have spent so much of their time pounding pavement, sending emails, and shaking buckets for Back on My Feet.

This year’s FundRacing team brought in a total of $75,133 combined with our Burger Brigade who raised $17,887 for a grand total of … drum roll please … $93,020! AMAZING!

Much of the Burger Brigade’s contribution would not have been possible were it not for the awesome efforts of Dean Davis, the “King of Ketchup” of this year’s Burger Brigade. Dean took on the not-so-easy role of leading the 2012 Brigade with the goal of beating last year’s fundraising record. And they did! So you also can get to know how great Dean is, we had him answer some questions below.

Meet Dean

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do?
My Name is Dean Davis and I am a business student from Berklee College of Music. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Penn. and born and raised in Robinson TWP with a wonderful family of support. I have performed, toured, and recorded with award winning artists such as Eric Kloss, Yolanda Barber, Daphne’ Khoo, Shannon Selig, and many more. I currently perform with the band Canary and we have played festivals (SXSW) and venues (House of Blues). I also am a freelance project manager, having the responsibility of the planning, execution, and closing of any project. I also have composed and produced music for film, artists, and musicals that can be heard all over the east coast. I plan on graduating Berklee the Spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurial Business.

2. How did you first get involved in the b.good Burger Brigade?
This is a great story actually … So last year I was sitting at a hibachi grill with my mom (Terri) and my sister (Madie). I was looking at my phone being anti social when I saw a post from b.good with a ton of burger and french fry costumes. I clicked it and it said who is crazy enough to run the Boston Marathon with us in these suits. Never being a runner, I looked at my mom and told her wouldn’t it be hilarious. Being the motivator she is, she said do it! So I emailed Jon, got a response and I had a fry suit! I found out later that it was the “Burger Brigade,” and I found out the reason behind it. That drew me in closer to the cause and I was hooked as a mini member.

3. Why did you decide to step up in to a leadership position for the 2012 Boston Marathon?
I love the pain and hard work that leadership brings. Call me sick but, I love solving difficult issues, staring failure in the face and kicking it’s butt when my vision crosses that finish line of success. I love the challenge to step up to a task after someone has led the trail of amazing leadership. Sam Novey was a fearless and unbelievable leader. He is the one to inspire me to take over. When Jon asked me last year if I wanted to get started on this thing for 2012 I instantly took the ropes and after meeting with Sam and Jon, I attained the leadership role for the “2012 Burger Brigade.”

4. What is it about Back on My Feet that drew you in? Why is this important to you?
Back in Pittsburgh I led a non profit organization that raised over $100,000 for the less fortunate around Christmas time called the Hidden Angels. Back on My Feet reminded me of that organization that I fought so hard to maintain and control. What I love about this organization is the fact that they know where the money is going, they see the results, and they make sure there are results. Back on My Feet does not just drop someone cash and says good luck, like some of the other organizations I have worked with. Now being an avid runner, the whole concept of using running as a form to get these members back on their feet is priceless! I love the underlying message about chasing your dreams and crossing that finish line of life.

5. What was your favorite part of this year’s Burger Brigade campaign?
This was my favorite part:

photo credits: Scott Eisen

I finished the marathon … great.  We raised a ton of money for BoMF … unbelievable. I can finally sleep at night … awesome. But when I sat down after all of this and looked at this photo, I teared up. The camaraderie this year was unbelievable. We have all become great friends and no one gave up in the end. The thing is, everyone was a leader this year, I was just the guy that told them where to be and kept the positive energy flowing. Just look at the photo, that is more than words can describe. I loved this team, and I will never forget the 2012 Brigade

6. What’s on the horizon for Dean Davis?
Oh boy, what’s on the horizon for Dean Davis eh? My goal in life is own and operate my own company. The business plan is already in the works and I cannot disclose that information … yet. As of right now I plan on really taking my project management skills to the next level by offering my services to consultants/businesses/start-up projects, really anything that needs a strong leader to get the organization off the ground. Short term however, I plan on staying in Boston this summer performing with Canary, working at b.good, and continuing my freelance project!

All I have to say is “Play with your heart and soul and live the music. Simply put… love what you play and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams …”

Photo credits: Scott Eisen.

April has been an great month in Baltimore.  Nikia’s Nippy Nor’easter Half Marathon and Relay was a resounding success for all!  All of the teams ran with a great group from the National Transitional Jobs Network, a new partner with BoMF.  The Friday before Easter, the teams met at the harbor and had a city wide easter egg hunt!  The non-residents and alumni celebrated BoMF with an appreciation breakfast.  Congratulations and a big thank you to Rob C. from Team Helping Up for all his work in coordinating long runs on Saturdays.

April has been a BUSY month for Baltimore Station!  Teammates came out in full force for the Nikia Half, all with the hopes of beating Dan, Greg, and the rest of the race committee to the finish line. Eddie (with 100 miles under his belt) participated in his first Back on My Feet race by running a relay leg, and Roderick experienced BoMF spirit for the first time by joining teammates to cheer for the runners! Both Roderick and Jason started running at the end of March and really hit their strides in April, reaching 25 and 10 miles, respectively, and now two more resident members, Kurt and Al, have come on board, running their first few miles this month! And in other great news, after being sidelined by surgery, George is getting back to running again. The non-resident members have been busy running and racing too with the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, Baltimore’s Sole of the City 10k, and even the Boston Marathon all featuring a few BSTATers. BSTAT looks forward to finishing out April with Operation Oliver and a BSTAT Bowling Night, and May promises even more excitement!

April has been awesome for Team CP with a GREAT turn out at the Nikia Half and Relay. Jerome ran his first half marathon and crushed it in an hour and a half! Plus George, James, William, and Jordan all ran legs of the relay. Even Arnell came out to cheer and join with the CP band. The non-res came out in force as well, with many running the half marathon and relays. Team Triple Threat made up of Diane A, Nikia’s mom, and Bonnie won the oldest team award. They sure looked stylish out there! Christopher’s Place’s coaches have kept the team busy this month with track workouts, timed miles, and new routes. Four of the resident members reached their capstone, which means they are job ready. Congrats to William, James, Jordan, and Arnell! In fact, Jerome, George, Robert, and Dean Michael, are all working! And Jordan just got a job as well. The non-res have been busy this month as well between a happy hour at Sticky Rice and a few people ran the Sole of the City. Special shout out to MJ for winning second in her age group. Congrats to William (res) and Kevin (non-res) as CP’s members of the month. The team is looking forward to the Oliver 5K and the Maryland Half. The team is looking forward to introducing three new members on our team: William, Daryl, and Brandon.

April was a great month for Team Helping Up Mission! A new Rez member, Joe K., joined the team and the rest of the team is strong as always! There were several teammates who closed out March by running the Nikia Half Marathon and Relay and several who are training for the MD Half Marathon in May. Helping Up hosted a few All Team Saturday runs in April, which are great because the Helping Up runners get to see members from the other teams. The team is gearing up to run the Operation Oliver 5k on Saturday, April 28th. Also, on Sunday, April 22nd, several teammates celebrated their graduations from Helping Up Mission with a great ceremony at Martin’s West. Some teammates sponsored a table and enjoyed the very emotional ceremony. Everyone is always proud of the residential member teammates not only for what they are doing when they run, but for all they are accomplishing in their lives!

Team MCVET continues to grow! This month 3 new res members (Chris, Anthony and Terrance) were welcomed to the team as well as 6 new non-res members. Fresh off some stunning performances in the relay at the Nippy Nikia Half, team members are eagerly looking forward to the Operation Oliver 5k at the end of the month. Not only will it be a first race for several of MCVET’s newer members, it’s also a chance to get to see what many of the non-res members are involved in as it benefits the 6th Branch, a veteran-led nonprofit group that several of the team’s newest teammates are involved with. The team looks forward to getting some miles in while supporting a good cause!

Shane and Laurence getting ready for the Big Ten Hoops 5k!

 

Laurence started running with Back on My Feet in February 2012 and has completed several races with the team, each with a better time! We are excited Laurence decided to join our Progress House team and believe he has a bright future!

Running Shoe Size: 8.5

Hometown/Family: Carmel, In

Favorite Athlete: Lawrence Taylor

Favorite post run food:  Apples

Favorite Music: Rock and Roll

What brought you into Progress House? What were you overcoming?

I relapsed last May from a heroin addiction and eventually ended up in rehab after an intervention. Upon completion the counselors suggested I stay at a halfway house. They recommended the Progress House.

Why did you join BoMF?

I joined because I like running. I had run a little bit in the previous year but stopped after I relapsed. I picked it up again while I was in rehab. I ran 3 miles every other day.

What races have you completed with BoMF?

I’ve ran the Legacy Loop 5k, Polar Bear Doubler, Ground Hog 7, Big Ten Hoops 5k, and the Bulldog Jog 5k.

In your spare time, what do you like to do?

I enjoy working out, going to NA mtgs, and going out to eat with my friends.

BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals):

I want to run a full marathon and maybe run the Boston marathon one day.