Katy Sherratt on the Power of Running to Combat Homelessness

Katy Sherratt is the CEO and former COO of the national nonprofit Back on My Feet. They’ve used running to help 7,000 homeless members turn their lives around!

Katy Sherratt Back on My Feet

Anybody who has pursued running understands its immense benefit to not just your physical fitness, but your psyche and self-image.

The act of training helps us:

  • Build confidence in our abilities
  • Create medium and long-term goals
  • Plan for the future
  • Assess our weaknesses, strengths, and tackle them head-on
  • Develop drive and motivation to improve

Clearly, these skills go far beyond increasing VO² Max, lactate threshold, or muscular strength!

Running is often a metaphor for life: you get out of it what you put into it.

And Katy Sherratt understands this concept. She is the CEO of Back on My Feet, an organization that uses running as a tool to help those experiencing homeless.

Getting up at 5:30 in the morning to run requires commitment. And for those who can commit, they’ll be rewarded with a supportive community, housing and employment resources, and other tools that will help them achieve more of their goals – both on and off the road.

The Power of Running to Combat Homelessness

Katy joins us on the podcast today to discuss the mission of Back on My Feet and the power of running to combat homelessness.

And it is quite powerful! The organization has helped more than 7,000 and every dollar invested into Back on My Feet returns $2.50 to the local community. Talk about a positive return on investment!

In this conversation, we’re discussing:

  • Why she initially chose to work at Back on My Feet
  • What lessons she’s learned from using running to combat homelessness
  • How running works so well as a platform for self-improvement
  • The power of community to help members escape homelessness
  • Her history as a runner and what the organization is doing next

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A big thanks to Katy for taking time out of her day to speak with us about her organization, the good work they’re doing, and the transformative power of running!

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