In 2007, I founded a non-profit called Back on My Feet that uses running as a vehicle to help those experiencing homelessness create self-sufficiency in their lives. It now operates in 13 cities across the country and has helped thousands of individuals regain independence in their lives. It has also reshaped the way people view homelessness.
We are all products of our environments, and we have to be willing to admit that while we are all created equal, not all of us have had equal opportunities. None of us get to choose the environments we are born into - some of us have a head start based on our family's financial situation, having a stable household and going to good schools...and some of us didn't.
Some of the most inspiring and hardest working people I have met have spent time in homeless shelters. They have endured pain and hardship that is hard to imagine and they have risen to fight for opportunities to improve their lives.
I have run 11 marathons and I have completed one on every continent except Antartica..but soon that will change. On March 17th, I'll run 26.2 in the coldest place on Earth. I haven't run a marathon in 6 years and I haven't run more than 5 miles during that time...and I can't think of a better way to get back into the sport than to raise $100,000 for the organization that changed the trajectory of my life 11years ago.
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