Up and Running Again was started in November of 2009, when 4 accountants decided to that they could make a difference in the lives of the homeless in Orange County by training the residents to run a half marathon. In February of 2010, thirteen residents successfully completed the Surf City Half Marathon and changed their lives forever.
As a part of this training the residents consistently claimed that if they could run a half marathon there should be nothing to stop them from getting a job or reconciling with their family.
In March of 2011, Up and Running Again was granted their 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.
We had roughly 100 runners complete a half marathon this last year. Many of our racers have gone on to get jobs and move out of the shelter. Several past participants have gone on to college. Many continue on to run full marathons and become lifelong runners.
Continuing to grow, Up and Running Again has groups in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, San Diego, Orange County, Long Beach, Detroit, and Las Vegas. We are continuing to want to spread our impact to new areas.