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Tom Gardner has been a faithful leader for team HVAF from day one. He has only missed TWO days of practice since our launch early March. He has been at every race running next to one of our veterans, including the Carmel Half Marathon with Ron Gephart (pictured above!)

Some things you can always expect when you see Tom early in the morning are a lot of smiles, high energy, encouragement and a positive attitude. I have never heard a negative comment out of Tom- NEVER. That is a testament to his character- among many other great qualities.

Shoe Size: 9

Favorite Post Run Food: A great big bowl of Blueberry morning cereal with a great big glass of orange juice. (After a marathon, I love a great big meal of anything and a cold brewski)

How many marathons have you done: 5 (Big Sur, MCM, Boston, Mardi Gras, Tecumseh)

Favorite Music: David Gray (It reminds of when I met Deb and these were the 1st songs we listened to together).

Favorite Athlete: Lance Armstrong, I have to admire everything he has been through in life, and what he has accomplished

Bucket List Item you plan to cross off soon: Riding the RAINSTORM

LH: Why do you run?

TG: I love the finish line.  I love the feeling when the endorphins kick in.  The heart rate slows, the breathing calms and you feel like you can run forever.  Of course the benefits of running and your overall fitness benefits is why I run as well.  I love going out running by myself, with the opportunity to just let your mind wander and think about things in life.  I love going out and running in a group and solving the world problems with great conversations during the run.

LH: What is the favorite race you’ve ever done?

TG: Gosh, I love things about every race.  I guess the highlights are the last three miles of MCM and qualifying for Boston; the last mile of Boston;  Big Sur, running along the coast of CA, and stuffing my mouth with fresh strawberries at mile 23, and seeing that finish line to complete my 1st marathon.

LH: Why did you choose to get so involved with BoMF?

TG: I was in the process of starting up a new company, Endurance IT.  The reason for this company was to fund and support the Endurance IT Foundation.  I was doing lots of investigating of local organizations that I might get involved with.  All of a sudden out of the blue, I get an email from BlueMile inviting me to an orientation meeting.  I have been hooked ever since.   It really wasn’t a choice to get so involved.  It just came naturally.

LH: What has BoMF meant to you?

TG: I keep telling Deb, I can’t imagine my life without BoMF.  I look forward to getting up in the mornings and go see our running friends (both res and non-res).  It is so great to see how this running has changed people’s lives.

LH: What is your all-time Favorite BoMF memory?

TG: I have many favorites:  Seeing Joe’s  big smile when he finished the 5K Finish Line run.  Hearing Ron and Joe tell us how this program has changed their life.  Their heartfelt stories of accomplishment in such a short time.  Seeing/hearing Frank sprinting towards the finish line with his patented bark & sprint.  During our training runs and seeing Nanette with the Gatorade stops and saying “hi” to the Progress group as we pass each other at the canal.

LH: Anything else you would like to share with our lovely readers?

TG: This a wonderful program.  We are blessed to be part of this program with great leadership and the opportunity to meet such great people

This is the power couple- Tom and Deb Gardner – Back on My Feet Indianapolis would not be what it is today without these two. Look for a feature coming up soon at a blog near you highlighting the one and only Deb!

Name: Kevin Fine


Why did you decide to FundRace for Back on My Feet: Back on My Feet is the most inspirational running group I have ever been a part of… it is the least I can do to try to support it!

How long you’ve been running- Running was always a punishment or conditioning for the other sports I played…I hated it… but for some reason in 2003 I took my first steps and got hooked!

Favorite Athlete: Tough one… Lance Armstrong or Michael Phelps… though I wish controversy or issues would not follow them!

Favorite Race: Tie between BoMF 20 in 24 Lone Ranger or the Philadelphia Marathon

Favorite post run food: Italian Beef Sandwich from Fat Dan’s in Broad Ripple

What kind of music gets you pumped up to run: U2… especially Live recordings.

What races are you running for BoMF: Kevin’s Midwest Triple- Flying Pig Marathon, 500 Festival Mini Marathon and the Carmel Marathon.


Name: Holly Plotnick

Why did you decide to FundRace for BoMF: I was inspired by the dedication and hard work of each resident member that has participated in this journey.

How long you’ve been running: Since High School; started around 1991

Favorite Athlete: Drew Brees

Favorite Race: Disney half-marathon

Favorite post run food: Corndog

kind of music that gets you pumped up to run: 80’s music


Name: Amy Gnagy

Why did you decide to fundRace for BoMF: The night I heard Anne speak something clicked.  I knew that I had to commit to running this race on behalf of BoMF.

How long you’ve been running: Oh boy – too long!  18 years?

Favorite Athlete: Mary Lou Retton – call me old school

Favorite Race: Indianapolis Town Trek.  We ran around town solving clue Amazing race style.  That’s me running the race (actually solving a clue)

Favorite post run food: Bananas and bagels

Music that gets you pumped up to run: really have a huge variety on my iPod.  I can never resist “Baby Got Back”

This is my 7th half marathon!

Name: Jaime Feller

Why did you decide to FundRace for BoMF: “I run because I can”. The BoMF res members have that same opportunity, and I wasn’t about to let money stand in the way of helping them getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other. I knew I could do something…anything…to help.

How long have you been running: 3.5 years

Favorite athlete: Phil Mickelson;

Favorite runner: Shalane Flanagan

Favorite Race: Chicago Half Marathon

Favorite Post Race Food: Anything I can get my hands on!

Music that gets you pumped up to run: Pop, Hip Hop, Rap

It has been such an honor to raise money for Back on My Feet. If between my FundRacing and talking about the organization I have increased even one person’s awareness, then I am helping :)

Name: Michelle Fox

Why did you decide to FundRace for BoMF: We all have our downs, and I hope that someone is there to help me when I need a hand.  I felt moved by the efforts of Back on My Feet, but am unable to do weekly runs right now.  FundRacing for BoMF was the right thing to do!

How long you’ve been running: One year

Favorite Athlete: I am motivated by the stories of “average people” who juggle it all – work, run and strive to make a difference in their community.  Reading about volunteers with programs like Back on My Feet and Run Buddies in Runner’s World magazine inspires me.  Favorite elite athlete – Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Favorite Race: 500 Festival Mini Marathon

Favorite post run food: Pizza

Music that gets you pumped up to run: Love lots of music – from Pink to Simon and Garfunkel!

Thank you all so much for everything-  you guys are all kicking butt and we appreciate every bit of your efforts!