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Columbus

Our Council Literally Goes the Extra Mile

Every day, these smart, passionate people work hard to help Let Me Run reach and inspire as many boys as possible.

Eric Fruth

Race

Why Let Me Run?

"It's incredible to watch a young runner's confidence grow. This activity and sport meant so much to me at a younger age too, and I love to see a new generation fall in love with the active running life."

Shruti Gupta

Fund

Why Let Me Run?

"As a former teacher and exercise enthusiast, I love the ability to work with kids and encourage healthy life long habits. Teaching, inspiring and making an impact on the generations to come. Making them all recognize their special talents and gifts through a strong foundation of kindness, respect, self- motivation and gratitude."

Jim Martin

Development

Why Let Me Run?

"I'm a data guy, so I like the time trials and encouraging the boys to improve throughout the season, but really my favorite part is watching their friendships grow through positive interactions."

Jennifer Obers

Fund

Why Let Me Run?

"I’m excited to be part of a great program that focuses on building confidence in boys and provides an outlet for not only exercise, but a place to talk about issues kids may be dealing with and in an environment where they can feel comfortable to express who they really are."

Bryana Ross

Development

Why Let Me Run?

"I wanted to provide more opportunities for a group of kids that are challenged with a lot of hard stuff from school, life, family, everything; and I love fitness and being able to mesh those two aspects together, I was hooked from the beginning."

Jeff Vanik

Chairperson

Why Let Me Run?

"I initially became involved with Let Me Run because I thought it would be a positive experience for my sons. They like being active and running has always been a good outlet for me as well. But I was blown away by the program and the impact that it made on them! It’s not JUST a running program…it teaches life lessons and provides direction. In a world that tries to fit boys into a mold (the boy code where they’re told to suppress emotions and “be a man")...Let Me Run teaches boys that it’s ok to be themselves, to be confident, to share their feelings and emotions and to be in touch with others, to care for others. I’ve coached for a while now and I’ve never seen a boy not be positively influenced by the program! It’s amazing to see them come into the season doubting themselves...yet at the end of the season 5K...be crossing the finish line oozing confidence and wearing a smile from ear to ear! Can’t help but love it!"

Maclin Williams

Development

Why Let Me Run?

"I am the Captain of Black Men Run Columbus, OH Chapter and enjoy helping out/mentoring youth, so Let Me Run was a perfect fit!"

Michael Burke

Board Fellow

Why Let Me Run?

"LMR seems like a great opportunity to encourage young men to really learn tools to let them live healthily in all aspects of their life which I think is truly important. I was fortunate that I had great parents and mentors and different programs like the Outdoors Club that in a similar way used an unrelated vehicle as an opportunity to teach life lessons."

Jeff Puster

Why Let Me Run?

"As a prevention educator working on college campuses, I too often see the consequences of harmful cultural norms for men. However there are many men who resist those labels and want to talk about healthy manhood and how to support anti-violence efforts. Often times these men talk about wishing they had the support and encouragement to be emotionally authentic when they were younger. That opportunity exists here in Columbus and is available to all boys, which is why I support Let Me Run."

Dr. Michael Leymaster

Why Let Me Run?

"I am an active person with two (now adult) children. And you probably couldn’t tell by my physical stature, but in my past, I’ve been a collegiate swimmer, swim coach, parent-coach for a variety of other youth sports, and marathon runner. Now I’m very proud to be a pediatrician where, on a daily basis, I see the struggles our children face as they encounter that sometimes stressful transition to young adulthood. Let Me Run is a natural fit!"