The final season of 2016 is now underway at both of our Mile in My Shoes teams, and it's hard to believe we are this close to the end of year THREE! While five members prepare to take on the TC Ten Mile this Sunday, three members will be tackling this year's marathon. Read all about Peter's journey to the marathon below, then come out and cheer him on as he makes his marathon debut - something he thought was for "other kinds of people, but not me." So many goals, so many accomplishments this season. Check out some more:
Team Youthlink completed its very first cycle with Mile in My Shoes, and four residents were granted $100 rent stipends for completing the cycle with 75% attendance! The team's last week included a 5k run and a 1-mile race - which saw seven members coming out to run in the pouring rain. While several of the members have gotten new jobs that will keep them from continuing with the weekly group runs, Youth Link staff have reported that residents are now getting together to run on their own - they are on their way to becoming lifelong runners! Cycle Two began this week with four resident members taking to the streets of South Minneapolis joined by a total team of 12 Run Mentors.
Team Higher Ground began Cycle 3 with two new Resident Members, including the return of Toby, the very first Mile in My Shoes runner (and originator of the famous "Woo!"). The team has been incorporating get-to-know-you activities into their first weeks of runs in order to help team members get acquainted, including a fast-and-frantic Scavenger Hunt during this past Tuesday's run. Check out some of the photos from that run!
Three Alumni members completed the City of Lakes Half Marathon in September, which was the longest race ever for Peter! They were joined by Run Mentor pacers and all enjoyed the beautiful day.
Twin Cities Ten Mile and Marathon
This Sunday five Resident Members will run the TC Ten-Mile and three will go the full 26.2 miles. Cheer them (& their Run Mentor pacers) on at our official MiMS cheer station (Summit at Cretin, west side of Cretin in the middle of Summit, around mile 21.5) - or from wherever you are watching the race! Running the races yourselves? Come & join us race morning starting at 6am for breakfast & group stretch at Emanuel Housing, located at 818 S. 3rd street, just across from the start line at US Bank stadium. Wherever you may be, just look out and give a "woo" when you see a blue-and-orange MiMS shirt racing by!
Drumstick Dash 10K/Pi Run Races on Thanksgiving Day
The 2016 MiMS Season will officially end on Thanksgiving Day, when both of our teams race the Drumstick Dash & Pi Run around Lake Harriet. This will be our third year of racing on Thanksgiving Morning, and it's an amazing way to give thanks for all that we have, and all that we have been given this year through one another. Even if you aren't a Run Mentor, please consider joining us for this race - and feel free to bring along the family! We will have more info about a group meet-up/warmup spot in the November newsletter.
Race & Give Thanks!
Did you know that donations act as hand-warmers during a cold race? We stand firmly behind this logic, and invite you to test it out by making a contribution to Mile in My Shoes when you (and your family, friends, and co-workers) sign up for this year's Drumstick Dash - our favorite Thanksgiving Day race. There's a distance (10k, the 3.14-mile "Pi Run", and even a one-miler) for everyone, and donation incentives (must-have MiMS and Drumstick Dash sweatshirts, race entries, and more) for your generosity. Register for the race here, and follow the instructions on how to donate!
Support MiMS without running a step
We're always looking for volunteers to help out with behind-the-scenes projects. Email Mishka with ideas or to find out how we could use your help.
St. Stephen's Human Services will be conducting their annual Point in Time Count on Thursday, October 27th, and are seeking volunteers to help administer the survey at different locations throughout Minneapolis. Volunteers for this event will administer surveys to people who are sleeping outside. There will be a Street Outreach worker with you at your site for the first hour, as well as at least one St. Stephen’s staff member for the remainder of the shift. To get involved & find out more about the training & open shifts, email Tess Gehring.
Thanks for another great month of changing lives & changing perceptions!