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$1 Per Mile Donated to Back on My Feet With the Mizuno Baton App

What if for every mile you ran $1 was donated to charity? 

Well, that's possible this week.


Some back story: a few years ago when I lived in River North I found out about an organization called Back on My Feet, a national organization that "uses running to help those experiencing homelessness transform their own lives and achieve employment and independent living." The group I ran with was based out of the Lawson House YMCA but there are three locations across Chicago.

Though I was only able to run with the group for a few months - in the dead of winter, no less - I found the entire experience inspiring. Not only are you getting a morning run in, but you're running with people who are looking to get "back on their feet" and are using the program as a method to make that happen.

All this is to say that Fleet Feet Chicago is teaming up with Mizuno this week to support Back on My Feet. As you may know, the Elvis is Alive 5K - hosted by Fleet Feet - is this Thursday (August 14th) and Back on My Feet is the official charity partner/beneficiary of the race. So with this tie-in, Fleet Feet thought it was a great time to draw attention to Mizuno's "Baton" app and Chicagoans who run this week (August 11-18th) will be helping to support Back on My Feet.

Here's how:

Runners download the Baton app, which tracks a runner's miles over any particular seven-day period (in this case, through August 18th) and Mizuno donates $1 per mile to Back on My Feet.

All you have to do is your normal running (though if $1 going to charity for every mile you run isn't encouragement to run farther I don't know what is).

I've run with Back on My Feet, I've run the Elvis is Alive 5K and I've run with Mizuno shoes (purchased from Fleet Feet) so I can't help but promote the whole thing here.


Okay, here's your action item list:
  • To download the Mizuno Baton app, go to the app store or Google Play. For more info on the app visit ifeverybodyran.com.
  • To get involved with Back on My Feet in other ways, check out their website.
  • To register for the Elvis is Alive 5K on Thursday night, visit the Fleet Feet website.

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