Posts Tagged Marine Corps Marathon

Barb & Joe

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!

Emery House Members of the Month Jen and Scotty

Emery House had a very exciting month in October!

They spend almost the whole month looking forward to their Halloween celebration-pumpkin-carving-chili-cook-off Extravaganza, which was kicked off by a visit to the Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Corn Maze.

Also throughout October, Emery House experienced yoga through and the Accenture Day of Service Skills to Succeed session.  The month was capped off with Emery House’s Chris H. running the Marine Corps Marathon, while his teammates were there to cheer him on and the aforementioned Pumpkin Carving and Chili Cook-Off!  Thanks to Kathy M., Emery House’s social coordinator, for putting on such a great event!


For the second time, Scotty was chosen as Emery House Member of the Month!  If you get past Scotty’s tough exterior, he’s a great Team Captain and cares deeply for his BOMF teammates.  On top of that, Scotty has maintined 100% attendance his entire time in the program!  Way to go Scotty!


Despite being 8 months pregnant, Jen L. continued to run with her BOMF Emery House teammates.  Now 9 months along, even though she can’t come to the morning runs, Jen still participates in social events, yoga classes and cheers her teammates on.  Thanks so much and good luck Jen!

In yet another moving and inspirational piece, Comcast Sports Network profiled Back on My Feet D.C. member Chris Hatton in the days leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon — his first official marathon marking his one year anniversary of leaving incarceration.

On Halloween, he did just that.

To support Chris’s efforts and Back on My Feet, you can donate here.  To read more about Chris’s story you can see the article in Competitor Magazine or a recent highlight by the Washington Post.

Watch the video below.

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CSS Member of the Month Norm E.

October was an easy month for the team over at Clean & Sober Streets.

It started off on the right foot with the Accenture Day of Service, in which Accenture volunteers came to run with the group and followed the run with a Skills to Succeed session on interview tips and resume writing. CSS was able to participate in a yoga class as part of their training and are looking forward to strength training coming up. The team also participated in the Pacers Fun Run with Ryan Hall, where they got to run with and get autographs from Olympian Ryan Hall and his wife, elite runner Sara Hall.  Members of the team also helped out with the Marine Corps Marathon cheering section – we had a blast!


Since he started the program, Norm has been consistently dedicated to not only the morning runs, but also Saturday runs and any extracurricular activities BOMF does.  He recently started computer classes at Byte Back and is looking forward to the National Half Marathon in March!  Way to go, Norm!


Like Norm, Shannyn has been extremely dedicated to the program since she began not too long ago.  She’s always there with a smile on her face and a positive attitude.  Shannyn recently ran the Chicago Marathon and is looking to train for her next race. Congratulations, Shannyn!

Lenny Bernstein, fitness columnist for the Washington Post, recently did a piece titled ‘The MisFits’ where he and his colleague Vicky Hallett explored some of the runners in this Saturday’s Marine Corps Marathon who, for various reasons, had obstacles to overcome in getting to the start line.

Among a cancer survivor and a hand cyclist who lost his leg to an explosive device, was our very own Chris Hatton.

Chris, who was last month’s member of the month for D.C., hails from Team Emery House and will be the first BOMF D.C. resident member to run a marathon, which will be significant for him in many ways – most of all that it marks a year of freedom from incarceration.  It won’t be his first time running 26.2, though, as Chris celebrated his 26th birthday by running a marathon on the inside.

You can read more about Chris’ story and the obstacles he’s overcome in The MisFits.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post also covered our D.C. chapter working with Accenture.

You can help support Chris and Back on My Feet by donating to the organization here or by come out and cheering him on with the BOMF cheering section at mile 18 1/2. E-mail for more information.

Also, be sure to check out the piece Competitor Magazine did on Chris here and a recent interview with Back on My Feet Founder, Anne Mahlum and Chris here.  Good luck Chris!

“The more time you spend trying to help somebody else, the more energy you have.”

This idea is at the core of Chris’s thoughts and activities for today and tomorrow.  Through running and yoga Chris has found a sense of community and support, friends and family that he knows he can count on when times are rough.  “Once I started running with the group, I felt a sense of family, a sense of belonging, a purpose greater than myself, a sense of support – a family that has really helped me get through a lot of things.”

Like most runners Chris has also found in running a deeper sense of personal accomplishment and peace that so many are looking for.  However, Chris’s life did not start off this way and it is the path that Chris has taken to get to where he is today and his goals for the future that make Chris such a remarkable man. (Watch an interview with CSN here)

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Chris Hatton — BOMF member, runner, and yoga instructor — is running for a cause.

Eight years ago, Chris celebrated his 26th birthday by running a marathon…within prison walls.

After coming to transitional housing, gaining employment and finding a family within Back on My Feet, Chris has gained the confidence and support he needs to run his first official marathon.

Chris was released from nearly 14 years of incarceration a year ago in October and is using the Marine Corps Marathon to mark the anniversary of his freedom and new found life.

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