When they begin, most participants in Feet on the Street can hardly run a quarter of a mile.
The men and women in the running program are also part of The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (called an ARC), a no-fee, residential drug and alcohol program.
But if they follow the training regimen taught by Nick Sterner, owner of Feet on the Street, Inc. and Denver, Colorado Salvation Army ARC Advisory Council member, they can be running two to three miles in only two week’s time!
So far, beneficiaries at the Denver ARC have participated in two races this year, the Denver Cops and Robbers 5K Road Chase and the Sand Creek 5K/10K.
From Nick Sterner’s point of view, it’s not just about racing. Feet on the Street offer beneficiaries “an opportunity to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle and effectively puts them in touch with a community that is making positive health choices,” says Nick.
On a trip to Denver last week, I got to visit Lts. David and Shawn McDaniel, administrators of the Denver ARC, and see Captain Ron McKinney. Captain McKinney introduced me to Chantel and Johnny, two of the participants in the running program.
Here's an audio slideshow of some photos I took with a little more on this story:
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