Barb Shafer is a non-res runner with team HVAF. I have had the privilege of getting to know Barb over the past few months and she is a true joy to have in my life. She is one of those people you just feel comfortable around, even when you first meet her. Barb became involved with Back on My Feet Indianapolis right after our launch.
I’ll never forget the day I met Barb! I had been emailing with her for at least a month, and finally met her at the Carmel Half Marathon. It’s funny how you have preconceived notions about someone before you meet them. For some reason based on our emails, Barb was just who I thought she would be. There are so many amazing aspects of BoMF, but getting to know people like Barb, definitely tops the charts!
Learn more about Barb below and you will begin to understand what makes her so special:
Shoe Size: My shoe size is 7.5 but I wear an 8 in running shoes.
Post Run Food: After a run I HAVE to have a fountain Diet Coke with lots of ice. I know it’s not so good for you, but it is one of my vices.
Favorite Race: I have enjoyed most races, but especially liked Disney World Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, and the Charlevoix, MI Marathon.
Favorite Music: I love contemporary Christian music and love to listen to K-Love!
Bucket List: My bucket list includes completing a marathon in all 50 states!! I have done only 11 states so far, so it may take me a while.
Years Running: I have been running for about 15 years. Wish I had started earlier! Had a friend who urged me to train for a half-marathon with her and got hooked.
Why do you Run: Running is my therapy. Without it, I get crabby, moody and fat. Love the challenge of running in different cities, and mixing it with another of my favorites: traveling.
How did you find out about BoMF: A friend sent me an email re: BOMF and was instantly intrigued. After attending an orientation meeting, I knew it was where I needed to be.
What does BoMF mean to you: BoMF has been an answer to prayer. It is wonderful to combine the love of running with a fabulous group of people who are really moving and shaking the world for the better. The accountability keeps me getting up at 4:30am!
Why did you decide to FundRace: It is such a pleasure to FundRace for BoMF, because this program is doing so much for our residents. It is a true joy to see them succeed, not only in completing the challenge of a race, but the challenges that they face in their personal lives. To be able to contribute to that is what it’s all about for me. When they succeed, the whole team succeeds.
What is your favorite BoMF memory: There are so many memories that are sweet to me, but just getting out there on the daily runs, hearing how the members are moving along in their lives, is the best. The non-residents are a pretty wonderful group people. Tom and Deb are such an inspiration for us all, I learn so much from the whole atmosphere.
I thank God that I can be a small part of this wonderful organization!