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Erika and Joe!

Shoe Size? 9

Favorite post run food? I would have to say pizza.

Why do you run? I love how running makes me feel happy.

How many marathons/half marathons/5ks have you done? I just completed my 10th marathon in November!

Favorite race you’ve ever done? My favorite race is Tecumseh Trail Marathon because it was my first full marathon, plus I’m a big fan of trail running!

Bucket list item you plan to cross off soon? I would like to someday finish a half Ironman distance triathlon.

Favorite music? Christian and Pop/Rock.

Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere warm and near the ocean!

Family? I have one younger brother who runs the Indy Mini with me every year along with our mom. My dad isn’t a runner, but enjoys walking his dog.

How did you hear about BoMF? What has BoMF meant to you? Why did you stick with it? I heard about BoMF from a friend at church who is a non-resident runner, Andy Chandler. Andy mentioned BoMF several times and I finally went to a meeting to see what it was all about. BoMF has shown me how the power of community can help us become better people. Alone, we’d probably not be exercising outside in the early hours of the morning or building these friendships. However, together, we are able to become healthier physically, as well as emotionally. I stick with it because I am always in a better mood after running with BoMF!

What is your favorite memory of a time with BoMF so far? I remember one morning last spring we were running downtown from Warman and saw a mouse! I don’t want to name any names, but the little mouse really frightened one resident!

Advice for people who might want to start running with BoMF? I think that the most important thing to remember is always give your best. This is easier said than done, but I know that most of us are stronger than we think!


Circle up with Mike, Erika, Barb, and Joe on a freezing cold race day!

James moved to Indianapolis in April, 2009. Battling drugs and alcohol for the better part of his twenties, James wanted to move to Indianapolis to change his life.  He did not realize this move would be the start of a whole new life. James was in an unhealthy relationship for ten years. A couple of months after the move he was arrested and started his year long stint in prison because of his addiction problems.  James had never been in prison before and he never had a felony up until this point in his life. He was unsure of himself and where he would go when he got out.

A couple of months before his release, one of the guys he tutored in prison told him about a place called PROGRESS HOUSE.  Progress House is a recovery based living facility.  It then crossed his mind that he never addressed his addiction problem. When he was released from prison in July 2010, this started a new chapter in his life.  Because of the bed space being limited at Progress House upon his release from prison, he had to stay in the mission for several days not knowing what, when or how he would be able to survive.  Being willing to go to any length, he showed up daily to try to be admitted to Progress House.  Finally, he was admitted to the facility.

“It’s been a long, long road since July 2010; however I would not trade my today for anything in the world. With a few twenty-four hours of sobriety under my belt, I am much stronger, more confident and teachable today. Currently, I am the weekend House Supervisor at Progress House and a member of a phenomenal organization called Back on My Feet! This movement FOUND ME. I feel as though it’s empowering me to commit, to give of oneself, and provide necessary tools for daily living. BoMF is much bigger than any one of its members.  I feel that together WE make this very powerful!”