Episode 72: Chris Willis Thanks the Back of Pack Runners


Christopher Willis is a husband, toddler-wrangler and dedicated runner who practices law in the remaining hours in the day. Chris graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Psychology before earning his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. His best race distance is probably somewhere between the mile and the 5K, so naturally, he mostly runs marathons.  As someone who knows first hand the powerful, positive effects running has on every aspect of one’s life, he was drawn to share that experience with others through Back on My Feet (BoMF), a for-purpose national 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.

BoMF’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members obtaining independence through employment, job training and housing.

Chris’s article came to us through Bad Angels Rules for Running as shared through various Facebook groups. He is also a member of the famous Chicago Endurance Sports training group.

Other Discussion Topics:

  • The North Pole Marathon
  • Jo Jo Baxas has written a book!! Jo Jo and Nick Cicerchi have teamed to write “The Macca Model” now on Amazon ($4.99). We will have Jo Jo back on the show soon to talk about this!
  • Runner Sunday event with our own Andy as the race director.
  • Andy is on a new podcast … yes he still has more to talk about … The Jam Room podcast is on the air!
  • Andy has added another run during the Runner’s World Festival.
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4 thoughts on “Episode 72: Chris Willis Thanks the Back of Pack Runners

  1. Thanks for taking the time to have Chris on your podcast! He really deserves all of the positive praise that he’s receiving from his article. I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Chicago Endurance Sports (CES) and am so proud to have him as a member and ambassador of our training programs and “CES family”. He truly represents the SPORT of running, and how it can be an amazingly positive part of the community, no matter where you finish. As we like to say, “It’s All About The Journey…”

    Well done, Chris – and thanks again for spreading the love!

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    • Thanks for the great comments Mike and for liking the show with Chris. Please feel free to share it among your group(s). We are always happy to find groups like CES out here that are truly inclusionary.

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