After 24 hours, they cross the finish line

July 16th, 2012
July 16, 2012
By Bob Fernandez


In 2007, daily jogger Anne Mahlum noticed homeless guys outside the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission near 13th and Vine Streets during early-morning six- and seven-mile runs.

Mahlum, a 26-year-old transplant from North Dakota, believed the repetition and discipline of running helped her through personal crises. She thought: Why not them? She called the shelter to organize jogs for those willing to pound the pavement three mornings a week at 6 a.m. All they had to do was one mile.

From those humble beginnings Mahlum launched a non-profit, Back on My Feet, now with branches in seven other U.S. cities, and the annual fund-raiser, Lone Ranger Ultra Marathon, in which participants test their endurance – and the durability of their knees and ankles – to see how many miles they can run in a 24-hour period on an 8.4-mile loop along the Schuylkill River.

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