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Why a Running Club for the Homeless Is Heading to San Francisco

The nonprofit Back on My Feet, which promotes jogging routines to help stabilize the lives of homeless people, will launch in the Bay Area in the fall.
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Back on My Feet

In 2007, Anne Mahlum was living in Philadelphia. She had a habit of waking up early to exercise; each morning, her route took her by a homeless shelter. Even at dawn, there were people out in front. One morning, they waved. As Mahlum built up a rapport with her early-morning neighbors, she started thinking: Why am I running past them when I could run with them?

Mahlum had started running as a teenager to cope with troubles at home. Maybe, she thought, running could help other people the same way it did her?