Running club helps homeless get back on their feet
“It’s 5:40 a.m., and under a street lamp on the corner of E and Second streets, a small group begins to form as they do every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The streets are nearly empty, save a few aimless individuals resting outside the Federal City Shelter.
A couple of men ramble out of the Clean and Sober Streets section of the shelter five minutes later, clad in sweats and tennis shoes, and join the small band. They greet with hugs – everyone gets a hug, they say – and form a tight huddle in the darkness. They start off the morning with the serenity prayer, reciting in unison the lines about strength and wisdom somewhat instinctively before breaking into warm-up stretches. Soon they begin to jog. Friday’s route goes down E Street to the White House, about three miles in all. It is a break, they say, after a successful five-mile run Wednesday.”
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