Sept. 22, 2010 was an important day in the history of Chicago. Back On My Feet officially launched with it’s inaugural run from the Lawson House.
After this run, Back On My Feet members were inspired over breakfast at the Marriot by speeches from founder Anne Mahlum, Mark Mahlum (Anne’s Dad), Kenny Herder (a Philadelphia BOMF alumnus) and others. The day before the momentous run, the members had been outfitted with new running gear at The Universal Sole.
It has been more than one month since the inaugural run in Chicago and our first run from St. Leonard’s. What an incredible month it has been. What an incredible team we have. And most importantly, what incredible team spirit we have.
August has flown by at St. Johns!
Between marathon training, mock interviews and a bowling night, the team has been on the move all month.
We kicked off the month in an inaugural run with the ladies of the Sheila Dennis house. Bright and early on a Monday morning, the team made the short trip up Broad Street to log the first miles with the newest team to join the Back on My Feet family. It was a great morning for all teams to come together and welcome the addition.
In a short break from running, St. Johns took to the lanes and boy did these guys impress us with their bowling skills! In what Az referred to as an ‘off night’, he bowled nearly a 150, followed by Javier and Jon rolling well over 100 and Albert, Eric and Troy not far behind.
I wouldn’t recommend challenging the guys of St Johns to a race OR to bowling! The team had a blast and shared a lot of laughs as we don’t ALL possess the same finesse when it comes to bowling…
It was a great month for the De Paul team.
As always we are welcomed in the morning with Eddie and Melissa, but have now added some new members to the team.
Steve and Glenn have been coming out consistently and making great progress!
We had to say goodbye to a few non-res members, who had to either return home or back to school. These non-res members will be missed, but always will be part of the De Paul team. We are excited for Colleen to take over the team leader role in September.
August was a great month for the Sheila Dennis Team! We are the only women’s team for the Philadelphia Chapter of BOMF and have proven we can hang with the boys!
Aug. 9th marked our inaugural run which was a huge success! We welcomed our first teammates: Doris, Pinky, Peaches, Grisse, and Gramdma, affectionately called the BOMFettes! Since then the women have already averaged over 6 miles a week on their runs and are pushing themselves every day. They weren’t kidding when they created their very own slogan “We can do this!”
Well it seems like we have made it through the hottest days, though i guess you never really know. Hopefully cooler mornings are ahead of us as the training for the Distance Run and the Philly Marathon heats up (get it?). The RWA Dragons are continuing to have great runs every time we meet up and are feeling great about our team.
We had a great time recently at PEP Bowl in South Philly. Res and Non-Res met up for a fun night of bowling and hanging out. We definitely ran the range of skill levels, but it was still a lot of fun none the less. Thank you to all who came out!
August was an active month for the BOMF team at Our Brother’s Place (OBP). Rachel Beckley handed over the Team Lead position to Laura Shumaker. Team OBP held a social event to honor Rachel and to show great appreciation for her tenure of leadership. The event took place at Franklin Square where we all enjoyed a picnic lunch, a homemade cake, and a round of miniature golf!
Residential Members Todd and Terry each celebrated their birthdays. Malik, Todd, Carl, and Olani have begun training for the Philly marathon or half-marathon this Fall. At the Wissahickon Wanderers track meet, resident members Malik, Todd, Terry, Carl and Olani each ran the 400 m. Malik, our captain, also ran the 800 m. Non-residential members Marisa and Pete conquered 5 km the 3,000 m respectively.
OBP is anticipating several new non-res members in September and is excited for our group to continue to strengthen and grow. Kevin, our newest member made his debut this week!
801 East was our gracious host for a spirited evening of 3v3 basketball the last Saturday in July. It is certainly an event that we would like to have there again.
The team at 801 East has been going through a lot of changes lately, with several members moving on to other facilities or out to housing on their own! Some of 801’s most enthusiastic members make the trek from other parts of the city to still run with their team! Truly a testament to the support and encouragement that our members receive at the morning runs.
New Jerusalem had a great showing at the Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 in July.
Members Dave and Kenny ran as part of a relay team that came in 3rd place! Great job to both of them for some excellent running on a very hot day! Also a big thanks to many of the other NJ teammates who volunteered at water stations and helped clean up after the event, their help was very much appreciated! A recap of 20in24 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our team leader Suzanne McHenry who was part of a platinum relay. She ran a total of 34 miles over the 24 hour period. Thanks to everyone for their support!
July was another exciting month for the Brotherhood Mission Squad. The weather really began to heat up this past month, but in true Brotherhood fashion, the team learned to adapt, adopting the post run fist bump/back pat to bypass the sweaty hug. Despite the heat, Brotherhood’s training continued, which led to some impressive results on the race course.
Non-res member Greg participated in the Vermont 100-mile ultra marathon, and made the team proud. Several residential and non-residential members also committed to train for their first full marathon, and began this tremendous undertaking.
But the highlight of the month came at the third annual Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 race event last month.
Emery House July Update!
Sam recently completed the second class in the Financial Literacy course, hosted by Mark E. of the 801 East team. Completing the first class in this series are: Scotty W., David F., and Eric B. Dave F. just started working at a catering company and things are going great. Congrats on their accomplishments!!
hris H. had a fantastic race at the Crystal City Twilighter, turning in the fastest time of any BOMF member!!! Three other Emery res members ran as well! The yoga classes Chris teaches must be doing something good for his running! Emery’s Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon training is underway, and they’re planning in a 10-mile long run this weekend! Keep up the great work everyone!