Meet Manchester Residential Member Ishmil:
Shoe Size: 11
Family: 2 daughters and a son
Branch of Military: Army and Navy – 8 years stationed in San Diego
Favorite place he visited with the Military: Japan
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Movie: Superman 2
Favorite Music: Gospel
Where Ishmil wants to visit before he dies: Paris France
Longest race with BOMF: Monumental Half Marathon
Favorite BOMF race – Carmel
Why do you like being involved with BOMF? “I like everything about it. I like meeting people and talking to volunteers. It motivates me to improve. I really like the running and social events”
Ishmil has been with Team Manchester since day one. At first he had a hard time getting up early in the morning, but in recent months Ishmil has really stepped up his commitment and involvement. We’re very proud of Ishmil for this.
Meet Manchester Non Residential Members: Michael and Michele Cooley:
Shoe Size? Michele: 9, Michael: 11.5
Favorite post run food? No question – donuts!
How many marathons/half marathons/5ks have you done? Michele: 1 Marathon, 4 Half Marathons, 1 5K. Michael: 1 Marathon, 1 5K
Favorite race you’ve ever done? We just finished the Monumental Full Marathon. Michael decided at the last minute to run it with me. We stayed together the entire race and crossed the finish line together.
Favorite music? Michele: Ben Folds is my favorite musician. For running, anything with a good beat (like 90s rap). Michael: Alt-Country/Folk
Favorite athlete/team/sport? Michele: While I am an IU grad, I am a huge fan of the Butler Bulldogs. I’m a sucker for an underdog (and I love Blue). Michael: Arsenal FC and the Chicago Cubs.
Favorite vacation spot? San Francisco
Bucket list item you plan to cross off soon? We just ran our first marathon.
Why do you run? Michele: See answer to favorite post run food. I started running to lose weight, and stuck with it because it helps to relieve stress and refocus. Michael: It gives me energy and clears my head.
Tell us about your family? Michele: I grew up in Lafayette, and my parents are still there. I have one younger brother. He and his wife live in Las Vegas and are expecting twins. Michael and I have two dogs, Pete and Maggie. Michael: I am from Rush County, IN, and my parents and extended family are still there. I have a younger sister who lives outside of Atlanta.
What is your day job? We are both attorneys.
What is your most memorable BoMF memory? Our most memorable BoMF moment was watching Ed cross the finish line Saturday at the Monumental Marathon. We have trained with him since June, and watching him cross with a smile on his face, hand in hand with Melissa and Caitlin after running in sleet and rain meant just as much to us as our own finish.
How did you hear about BoMF? Why did you stick with it? What has BoMF meant to you? Michele: I heard about BoMF shortly after the Indy chapter started. I can’t remember if I learned about it through Blue Mile or the Indianapolis Downtown newsletter. I thought it sounded like a great organization to get involved with, but honestly, the 5:45 am run time was intimidating. I instead showed my support by running the inaugural BoMF 42K relay with a team of complete strangers, and then I was a FundRacer for the 2012 Mini Marathon. After that, I decided it was time to become a non-res member, and Michael decided to join me. We stick with it because we have gotten to know our team members, and we enjoy seeing their progress. It’s easy to get up at 5 knowing that we are going to be greeted with hugs, smiles, and hellos when we get downtown.
How is BoMF helping you with your future career? We have met a lot of people through this organization, and you never know when one of those connections will lead to a new opportunity.
Advise for people who might want to start running with BoMF? The experience is unforgettable. Even if you aren’t a runner or a morning person, you will want to keep coming back week after week because of the relationships you will create with the team members. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. While team members have different backgrounds and experiences, everyone is instantly connected by the commitment to improve themselves.