Runners make their way through the course at last year’s Bigfoot Trail Race at Flat Creek Ranch. Photo courtesy Back On My Feet

Long-time runners know that running isn’t only about the exercise. It keeps us steady, teaches us responsibility, helps us think clearly and makes us feel alive.

This year’s Bigfoot Trail Race is set for Sept. 26. Photo courtesy Back On My Feet.

That’s why I love Back On My Feet, a non-profit organization that uses running to help people overcome homelessness and gain stability in their lives. Participants have to show up for pre-dawn runs three mornings a week in order to get job training, employment and housing opportunities.

Here’s a link to a story I wrote about the program in 2013.

On Sept. 26, Back On My Feet will host the Bigfoot Trail Race, a fund-raiser for the Austin chapter of the national organization.

The race is set for Sept. 26 at Flat Creek Ranch in Johnson City. Runners can choose from a 10K, 30K, 50K or 50K relay.

Some of the Back On My Feet program participants plan to race. It will be the first-ever race for several of them. Erik Stanley, owner of

Proceeds from the Bigfoot Trail Race benefit Back On My Feet Austin. Photo courtesy Back On My Feet.

Trail Roots Running (and winner of the 2015 Statesman Capitol 10,000) is helping them prepare.

Race registration is open until the day of the race, with early bird pricing available until Sept. 1. To register go here.