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Pack the yogurt covered pretzels, sketch out the perfect indie playlist and grab the “run buddies” for a weekend in Austin. The Back on My Feet in24 Austin Race Challenge Presented by Ace Cash Express will have four unique races over the course of 48 hours that you’ll regret you missed. In24 takes place May 11th and 12th in Austin.

Besides racing for an incredible local cause, this weekend has something for everyone!

Five-Person Relay Challenge – Instead of competing against your friends, compete with them! This race offers options ranging from 5 to 30 miles per person. So pick your dose of crazy and loop the Camp with your friends after some classic Austin breakfast tacos (but before your dip in Barton Springs).

Sunset Run – Nothing is more satisfying than racing and beating the crap out of your friends during a legendary Hill Country sunset. This 5-mile race starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends with a pretty cool party. Stop by the beer garden post-race, stay for food from Austin’s legendary food trailers and check out groovy tunes that only the live music capitol of the world can provide…. all at in24!

Pajama Loop Run – Let’s hope you don’t sleep naked! Runners are encouraged to roll out of bed and stay in their pajamas for this 7:00 a.m. race around the 5-mile loop at Camp Mabry. This race for early risers has some serious prize money to be won!

LoneRanger Ultra-Marathon – The Lone Ranger is a true test for any long-distance runner who has tackled a marathon and is looking for something more. Challenge your will by running as many 5-mile loops inside Camp Mabry in the allotted 24-hour time period.

Whether friendly competition or changing perception is your motivation for running, we want you at in24 Austin. And here’s the best part – a hot discount!

We’re proud to be partnering with the Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin North/Parmer Lane. The hotel is just 15 minutes away from Camp Mabry. Runners who reserve their room before April 23, 2013 and use the promotional code bombomb when making their reservation get a discount. Camping at Camp Mabry is also welcome.

April showers haven’t stopped these Members from running and improving their lives one step at a time! Their endurance and perseverance is down right inspiring.

jasonsmith Jason Smith, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I love being a part of Back on my Feet for a lot of reasons. The diverse stories across all members is refreshing. The confidence building, hope and determination is motivating. It’s a truly heart touching organization. I’m so proud and grateful to be a Member.”
BOMF(Dallas_Chapter)green Albert, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Albert joined the Dallas LIFE Back on My Feet family about a month ago and has been committed ever since!  He has maintained high attendance while participating in the nine month program at Dallas LIFE.  Albert has brought honesty and positivity to the team!
melissawaters Melissa Waters, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I started running only about four years ago. Once I developed this running habit and ran a race or two, I realized that there are very few things in life that can make you feel more encouraged, positive, and confident than reaching running goals. I feel that being able to run is a gift from God that I never knew was there. Now that I know, I want to share it! I love Back on My Feet because I get to do that very thing. Everyone needs some encouragement at some point in life. BoMF is a great way to encourage others and help them develop the confidence to get back on their feet. And It’s fun!”
BOMF(Dallas_Chapter)green Katherine, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Katherine is going three months strong as a dedicated member of the Salvation Army team! Since day one, Katherine has never missed a single run! She has challenged herself to start running and is making great strides towards accomplishing that goal!  
ginger Ginger Becker, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“Many people falling on hard times in their lives lose confidence in their abilities to succeed. And it’s completely understandable. We help people get through these trying times by giving them tools to succeed and providing important social integration through running. It’s through running that a person can learn a lot about themselves. These lessons in building physical and mental endurance, learning to push yourself beyond what you thought is possible, and even proper breathing technique easily translates to every day survival skills in life.”
claudis Claudis, Residential Member, The Bridge
Claudis has been a part of the Back on My Feet family for about a month and has had a smile on his face the entire time!  He brings such a positive spirit to Team bridge!  Claudis has challenged himself and has gone from not being able to run much at all to almost running 2 miles in the past month!  He has shown his commitment through 100% attendance and is the first to volunteer when given the opportunity.  He is an inspiration to many and on his way to his first 5K in the coming months!
jeffkuhn Jeff Kuhn, Non-Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
I love Back on My Feet because I truly believe that taking those first couple of steps to improve oneself is the hardest part to changing. I have truly enjoyed becoming part of the BoMF Family and enjoy my Wednesday’s Runs.”

barry Barry, Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
While Barry has served our country and survived a difficult past, he is looking towards his future! Barry has maintained 95% attendance with the Veterans team and is looking forward to moving out of the facility. Barry is the first to crack a joke, just ask his teammates!


Back on My Feet staff wanted to share this inspirational story of Tina (name changed) a Residential Member with Team Bridge in Dallas to show the collaborative effort required to assist individuals to self-sufficiency. While running is a huge piece of what we do, much more goes on behind the scenes…

This is her story as told by Dennis Strickland, The Bridge’s Homeless Recovery Manager –

Tina has experienced much in her 24 years before becoming homeless and showing up at The Bridge. She came to us in August of 2011, did intake and was referred to Austin Street Center for shelter. She enrolled in our care management and we started to learn more about her: With an 11th grade education and limited skills, she had resorted to prostitution on the streets.

There was also a history of hospitalizations at Terrell State Hospital. She had a schizoaffective diagnosis, but at the time of her intake she was not receiving treatment; we linked her to LifeNet Clinic at the Bridge.

Tina has come a long way. Following months of care management, and with her behavioral health care intact, Tina was moved to our Transitional Shelter and encouraged to join Back on My Feet (BoMF) for both physical exercise and peer mentoring. She has done well with that program.

Her BoMF case manager reports,

She has gone from being very timid, shy and closed off to one who has been committed, engaged and the first to give her morning hug to our members! I know Tina has been through a lot, and I am so encouraged by her commitment to our team. Her smile gives me hope and I believe she is making strides towards a bright future.

Tina has most recently become job ready, working with the on-site Texas Workforce team. She has just obtained part-time employment, but has aspiration for more. Tina is not home, yet, but we believe she is very close to finding her way home. Our partnership is making it possible for our Guests like Tina to recover from homelessness.

Back on My Feet is honored to be a part of Tina’s recovery!

The holidays have us cheering for joy! Joyous cheers for EIGHT members of the month! Congrats guys!

Steve Ward, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I love to run with Back on My Feet because of the opportunity to serve and run with others. I believe in the relationships we develop with the Residential Members and look forward to seeing them every week. The Residential Members help me more than what I can do for them. They are my family and I love them all.”
Adam, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Adam, a University of Nebraska alumni, is one of the most kind-hearted Residential Members at Dallas LIFE. He not only leads the pack in running, but will circle back to the walkers to ensure everyone’s safety on morning runs. Thanks for showing us how to be a team member Adam!
Lisa Tran, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I love Back on My Feet because the organization is a perfect blend of what I feel most passionate about: building a better community by serving others and running! In the past few months of joining the Salvation Army team, I have met amazing people who inspire me to truly live out the Serenity Prayer.”
Mike, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Mike is amazing! He has such a positive attitude. Mike goes out of his way to help Back on My Feet staff and he loves donuts! How couldn’t you love Mike??
Abraham Lagmay, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“At first, I was uncertain that I could commit the time to volunteering at Back on My Feet with my own selfish reasons. As time went on, I began to realize how Back on My Feet continues to change the lives of Residential Members, including mine. Seeing someone who was in the depths of despair suddenly has hope for the future is a gift beyond words.  It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me so far. I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.We are one big ‘human’ family!”
Sharon, Residential Member, The Bridge
Sharon has come back from great odds to rejoin her Back on My Feet family at The Bridge. She maintained 100% attendance in November and transitioned to the upstairs living facility. We are very proud of where Sharon is today and the depression she is fighting through walking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!
Dr. Mike Cunningham, Non-Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
Dr. C, as he is so affectionately called by the Residential Members, has been a constant support of the brand new program at the VA. We are excited to have his support as Dr. C is the supervisor of the entire program. His early morning runs with the team are a huge endorsement of the program within the VA Hospital. Thank you Dr. C!
Raymond, Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
Raymond always pushes himself further and refuses to walk with the team. His determination is contagious and he is an inspiration to his teammates. He has a quirky and fun attitude with his Back on My Feet family. Way to go Raymond!

We are so thankful for these all-star Members this November! We have such a busy month! And next month we will have even more Residential and Non-Residential Members to honor…

John Watson, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I joined Back on My Feet about three months ago because I was looking for volunteer opportunities in Dallas. When I read the description of what Back on My Feet was about, I thought it was simply brilliant. For many years now I have used running as a way to bring myself out of my own difficult situations. When I can’t deal with the stress at work, I go for a run. When I am going through a bad breakup, I go for a run. If I get in a fight with a friend or a family member, I go for a run. By the time I am done, the problem hasn’t disappeared, it is still there waiting for me to face it, but *I* have changed. I have cleared my head and usually have a different perspective on the challenge I am facing.”
Anthony, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Wow! Anthony used to be reserved and shy, but now he’s not! Always showing up with a great attitude, Anthony was a no-brainer to honor as Residential Member of the Month for Dallas LIFE. We love ya!
Bill Turner, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“Member accomplishments inspired by Back on My Feet are amazing stories of meeting the challenges of life and they encourage me. Although injury has stopped my running, the community I now feel a part of has inspired me to meet my challenge. As Jennifer mentioned in orientation, I have quickly found that Back on My Feet does as much and more for its Non-Residential Members as it does for Residential Members. I am grateful to be a part of it!”
Jose, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Jose is a walker, but a very motivated walker! He definitely walks with a purpose and is trying to get somewhere! He always has a friendly smile and a welcoming attitude. Thanks for always being a friend Jose!
Adam Cowdin, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“I like Back on My Feet because it provides a team atmosphere that allows its members to know that they have a group of people that will hold them accountable and generate friendly rivalries that encourage growth.”
Raymond, Residential Member, The Bridge
Raymond has come a long way since his first days with Back on My Feet. Despite challenges, Raymond has moved forward and into his own apartment! Raymond still joins the team on morning runs even while he is job searching. Great job man! We are very proud of your progress!

Tami, Angela, Amy, Bill, Joe and Renaulda all exemplify the Back on My Feet spirit – determination, motivation and self-confidence! Way to go guys, you make us a very proud organization. You inspire others!

Tami Darlington, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“I receive blessings from the wise words I hear Residential Members share as we run in the mornings. I am joyful when I see a Member “suit up” for a first day on a job. And I absolutely cannot describe the emotions that stir in me when I watch a Member cross a finish line. Those smiles bring chills to me!”
Angela, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Angela is a single mother of two and currently works as a hostess in a restaurant. Recently enrolling in school, Angela loves running and has maintained 90% attendance in addition to running four local 5Ks in Dallas. Way to go girl! We are very proud of you!
Amy Glasscock, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I have been blessed many times over in just the short time that I have been a Non-Residential Member of the Salvation Army team and completed my first 5k in over 4 years just last week at the Too Hot To Handle. I think our team motivates me more than I could ever motivate them!”
Bill, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Bill, a US Veteran, was a treat to work with at the Habitat for Humanity build and a fantastic participant at the AT&T Career Aware event this past month. His great attitude has lead him to a job at the VA Hospital and we are very proud of all of his accomplishments! Go Bill go!
Joe Torres, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“I’m not sure he gets more out of Back on My Feet, the Residential Members or the Non-Residential Members. Personally, I believe that I may be benefitting more. Each time I have a chance to run with a different Member and listen to their stories I am inspired by their perseverance and their will to move ahead in life. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be a small part of our Residential Members’ lives.”
Renaulda, Residential Member, The Bridge
Renaulda’s positive attitude shines through any situation! With a quiet determination he tackles all obstacles in his way. Renaulda completed his first 5K on July 15th at Too Hot To Handle. Awesome job Renaulda!

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

The following teammates are not only helping themselves but also helping others learn about the power of running. Let’s congratulate them with a few high fives!

Natalie Roffino, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“I can’t imagine my life without Back on My Feet. The fact that I get to wake up in the wee hours of the morning and be welcomed with smiles and hugs warms my heart. Seeing the joy of the Residential Members as they progress in the program and see the benefits of health, fitness and a new found positive self esteem is priceless. Not only does Back on My Feet change the Residential Members for the better it changes the Non-Residential Members too, and for that I am ever grateful.
Rickie M., Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Rickie, a Dallas LIFE Residential Member, runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday maintaining 93% attendance. Rickie also makes it a point to tell others in the shelter how important it is to stay positive. He is an inspiration to those that have weathered a tough past, having been held at gunpoint and almost shot, Rickie looks forward to a more positive environment and independence.
Will Maddox, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“Back on My Feet combines several of my passions. Loving our neighbor as ourselves, building relationships, and running. It is an amazing way to serve the community and help those in need with their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Just as Jesus walked through life with those around him, Back on My Feet gives me a chance to “run” through life with others and help them get their lives back where they want them to be.”
Rudie W., Residential Member, Salvation Army
Rudie, a Salvation Army Residential Member, made a living by working as a plumber (journeyman) and freely admits that his struggle with addiction caused him to lose his job and ultimately arrive at the Salvation Army shelter. Truly working to try and better himself, Rudy never thought at this time in his life he would be so active.
Megan Wright, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge.
“I joined Back on My Feet because I wanted to run, and it sounded like a nice thing to do. I quickly realized that it’s so much more than that. I’ve stayed with it because of my teammates. I love being a part of Team Bridge Elite! The amazing part of Back on My Feet is whether you’re a Residential Member or a Non-Residential Member – we ALL encourage and support each other. I get just as much back from my teammates as I hope I give.”
Selina K., Residential Member, The Bridge
Selina, a Residential Member with Team Bridge, had this to say about her experience with the Back on My Feet team, “You’re going to love it. They show you REAL love there. None of this fake love, real love.”

Happy Holidays! Let’s celebrate some people that represent the spirit of Back on My Feet this season. Our incredible Non-Residential dedication is exemplified through Kristy Ladner, Bill Borowski and Betsy Orton. Way to go guys! And our Residential Members of the month are some of our newest teammates. Lenard B., James F., Larry S. Larry S. has been with Team Bridge since July 2011 and is as reliable as a clock for Back on My Feet runs. You go guys!

Bill Borowski, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“I feel a sense of family and looking out for each other when I attend. The non-judgmental environment is very special as I know it is for the residents. We all face challenges and hard times-it’s great that there is an organization like Back on My Feet that gives people that second chance and sense of hope.”
Lenard B., Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Lenard is a new Residential Member addition to the Dallas LIFE team and enjoys the morning runs, attends all program courses and looks forward to running his first 5K in January.
Betsy Orton, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“The people are my favorite part of running with Back on My Feet. There are few things I’ll get up that early for, but I gladly do it to get up and run with Team Salvation Army. Those are my favorite days of the week! I get to spend time 3-4 times a week with a fantastic group of friends I might not have met any other way. Seeing the Residential Members achieve goals, get jobs, move out of the shelter, and literally get back on their feet is amazing and something that is great to even be a small part of.”
James F., Residential Member, Salvation Army
James recently celebrated three months sober with his Salvation Army team in December and looks forward to running his first 5K in January. Way to go James!
Kristy Ladner, Non-Residential Member, Team Bridge
“I love starting my day with lots of hugs and saying the serenity prayer … it’s really impossible to have a bad day after such a positive start and a good reminder as to what is truly important! I have enjoyed seeing the residential members setting goals and being motivated to make significant changes in their situations. So many of them have a clear plan for what they want and how they are going to get it that it has been an inspiration for me to do the same in my life.”
Larry S., Residential Member, Team Bridge
Larry, a dedicated Residential Member with Team Bridge, has shown a commitment to the program very rarely seen, he has maintained more than 90% attendance. Keep up the great work Larry!

Gloria Z., 47, joined Back on My Feet in February 2011 without knowing of the true life change that would take place. She had been on the streets since she was nine years old and did not know the possibility of escaping that environment. When she was at The Bridge, she had shelter but needed more. She needed a purpose in life.

Gloria grew up in San Antonio and survived by running from her problems or confronting them in the wrong way. Without a real family to love and support her, her life became chaotic and left her empty.

Drugs, violence, and mischief became a part of who she was. An addiction to heroine and joining a gang lead her further into desperation. She was desensitized to overcoming her problems and was rebellious against the world. Her addictions controlled her until she finally reached the end of her rope.

After a barrage of prison sentences, Gloria found hope and renewal. She became a new person and found the joy she has today. Her joy was revealed when she said, “I am blessed with a beautiful apartment.”  This statement that many people take for granted brought tears to her eyes. Not only has Gloria overcome many trials but she has found a fresh start and a home. Back on My Feet is her family and she does not want to let her family down.

Despite living on her own and defeating homelessness, Gloria still chooses to run with her Back on My Feet team. Her life story is a model for others at The Bridge. There is hope for the downtrodden and broken. She fought through the hardest times of her life and became the beautiful woman she is today. With encouragement and accountability like Back on My Feet, it is possible.

To see some of Gloria’s testimony and many others, click here. To run with Gloria and her teammates at The Bridge, email to get involved.

The Rugged and Raw 10K/20K Trail Run benefitting Back on My Feet on October 22 is more than just a race. It is more than a physical challenge to overcome. You are becoming a part of a greater purpose and providing an opportunity for those facing homelessness to break down walls that prevent them from moving forward.

By participating in this race you are supporting those who want to change for the better and want to become a part of society by engaging in the workplace. Helping others just takes small steps but impacts them greatly. Why not take a chance at transforming someone’s life? Share some of the transformations you’ve witnessed over the past eight months with Back on My Feet Dallas-Fort Worth in the comments section.

Register for the Rugged and Raw 10K/20K and trek down the scenic trails of Lake Grapevine on October 22nd.