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Treadmill turns for Back On My Feet

March 06, 2013

By Pam LeBlanc | Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:05 AM

A treadmill is churning in front of the Riverside Drive location of RunTex until 7 p.m. today, as part of a 12-hour fund-raiser for Back On My Feet.


I stopped by on my way to the office, just in time to catch program director Paul Solis chugging away during his shift.

I’ve been spending Monday mornings with the Back On My Feet crew, joining them for pre-dawn runs through downtown Austin.

The non-profit program works with people currently living in homeless shelters. Members attend 5:30 a.m. workouts three days a week. If they stick with the program long enough and don’t miss too many workouts, they earn incentives like job training and financial aid. The ultimate goal is to place them in permanent jobs and their own homes.

Organizers hope to raise $2,500 through today’s treadmill challenge, said Joe Marruchella, executive director of the Austin chapter of Back On My Feet. The event is part of Amplify Austin, a 24-hour giving event taking place throughout Austin with the goal of raising more than $1 million for local non-profits.

Each $50 Back On My Feet T-shirt sold pays for a pair of running shoes for one of the running group members. A meet and greet is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at RunTex.

Tim Scott, co-founder of Mitscoots socks, is selling socks to benefit the program, too. For each pair of Mitscoots sold, an identical pair will be donated to a local charity. Back On My Feet is one of the recipients.

RunTex is located at 422 West Riverside Drive. For more information about Back On My Feet go here .

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