Group helps to get lives back on track – through running

We’ve been told of the countless benefits of running, but one group in Chicago is expanding that beyond the physical fitness.

Back on My Feet is an organization working with three area homeless shelters that promotes the positive instead of the negative and improving more than physical fitness.

After a month of regular group runs, program staff help members pave the way to personal success. Things like employment, financial aid and planning, networking, anything they say to give a hand up not a hand out.

46-year old Tracy was locked up, battling drug addiction and homelessness when she decided to get clean, and get her life back. On the recommendation of a local pastor she turned to Back on my Feet.

In just the last four months Tracy got her own apartment, a new job with the CTA, graduated high school and more importantly, reconnected with her teenage daughter.

“I think I had made promises I had broken,” she says. “Now today I’m able to stand up and I can say something and I can go through with it.”

She’s already down 90 miles down and counting. While a marathon is probably far in the distance, her first 5K is not.

More info at http://chicago.backonmyfeet.org/

Download the Mizuno Baton app to help out the Back on My Feet organization.

When you go for your run, activate it like you would any running app. Then, for every mile you run during a one-week period, Mizuno Baton will donate a dollar to Back on My Feet. That donation programs runs through mid-August.

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