Cross Country Teams Help Open New Chapter Of Back On My Feet

Aug. 25, 2009

Early Monday morning, the Loyola men's and women's cross country teams left the Evergreen Campus and headed to downtown Baltimore to run with a flourishing non-profit program.

Back on My Feet is a program designed to promote self-sufficiency among Baltimore's homeless population by developing running programs that help build confidence, strength and self-esteem.

Loyola Head Track and Field Coach Jackie Truncellito also serves as the Program Director for the Baltimore Chapter, and through efforts by her and others, the program recently started its second chapter at Christoper's Place.

Before sunrise on Monday, Greyhound harriers loaded a bus and went downtown to run with the new group.

Prior to the run, the group meets in a circle to share encouragement, and many of the Loyola student-athletes spoke about their own enthusiasm for running.

"They were able to share a bit of their passion and their love for running amidst those aspiring to be runners, or those just aspiring to continue putting one foot in front of the other," Truncellito said.

Following the circle, the group hit the street, let by Christopher's Place Core Volunteer Team, including Loyola cross country alumnus Brendan O'Kane '07. The groups ran either one or two mile routes and concluded their mornings with stretching and cool down sessions with residents from Christopher's Place.

For more information on Back on my feet, click here to visit the organization's website.