Chrissy Vasquez wasn’t always a runner. In fact, she surprised herself when she agreed to her first half marathon. Now, as vice president of operations for Back on My Feet, Chrissy uses running as a cornerstone for people looking to rebound from homelessness and unemployment.
Chrissy is responsible for 10 Back on My Feet chapters across the country. The national non-profit organization uses running teams to help homeless, unemployed people find their way to a job, a home, a community, and independence. Team members are recruited from homeless and residential facilities and initially commit to three days per week of morning group runs. From there, the “Next Steps” program provides education, job training, and other support.
Chrissy is also an Ironman triathlete and tells her Ironman story through her blog Sausage in a Wetsuit and in a Lilly TedX talk. She’s also appeared on several podcasts as a guest. We caught up with her and are excited to share her story — and that of BoMF!