If you aren’t one of the thousands of people in our Facebook community, or one of the few to have sneaked a peek at our soon-to-be-released documentary film, then you might be wondering, “What is this From Fat To Finish Line thing all about?”
First off, welcome! We are happy that you’ve swung by and we hope you’ll stick around a bit. You’ll find us a friendly, supportive group that are at all different levels of fitness and at different points of our healthy journeys. Many of us run races, some of us are training for our first 5k, others may be gearing up for their next marathon but some of us don’t even run at all!
From Fat to Finish Line first started as the title of my personal blog back in 2010. It chronicled my absurd decision to get off my butt and train for a half marathon. At the time this was a completely insane idea. I was still quite overweight and hated running. What I thought was going to be another failed attempt at something ‘stupid’ turned into the best decision I’d ever made. I trained, ran and crossed my first finish line with my best friend and business partner, Angela Lee by my side and haven’t stopped running since.
Because of my blog, I was contacted by fellow blogger, Katie Foster of “Runs For Cookies” (http://www.runsforcookies.com). Katie explained that she and her friend Rik Akey were forming a very special Ragnar Relay team. The team of runners would consist of 12 different people, all whom had lost a significant amount of weight through healthy eating and running. The race was a relay race that spanned 200 miles, beginning in Miami, FL and ending in Key West. I thought this sounded phenomenal. I was deeply moved to be invited to join such a cool team and immediately jumped at the chance.
As I got to know my fellow teammates it occurred to Angela Lee (my business partner/partner in crime) and I that we had a potential story to tell. Filmmakers by trade, and fitness enthusiasts at heart, the thought of documenting the team’s journey was irresistible. Although we knew from experience that producing documentary films are often “labors of love” with little hope for financial return, we decided to forge ahead anyway. We had a passion to tell this story and we went for it.
As the team got ready to head to Ragnar, we struggled to find a team name. “From Fat to Finish Line,” got suggested. It just kind of fit so we stuck with it.
The race and the months leading up to it was an amazing bonding experience. Friendships grew, we cheered each other on when good runs happened, cried on each other’s shoulders when disaster struck and supported one another through hours of training issues and questions. There were good days, bad days and ugly days. As friends and runners who had all been through the common experience of learning to navigate old bad eating habits and new fitness and health habits – we were able to relate to one another like no one else could.
As the filming process continued our little documentary picked up some press including the Today Show, Runner’s World Magazine, Health Magazine, All You, Women’s Day, Huffington Post and NPR radio just to name a few. Because of that exposure, our Facebook film page began to grow. Rik Akey, captain of the original From Fat To Finish Line Ragnar team, started a special Facebook Group for people to chat about their fitness goals. Not only were these new members interested in the film but we soon realized how many other people just like us were out there! People of all shapes, sizes and abilities were getting out there, setting fitness goals, and working hard to cross finish lines.
Angela and I found that the same “special” bonding that the original team had through our common experiences could also happen with a bigger, wider community. The community continued to grow. More and more people everyday joined, lurked, celebrated and attempted new goals. Many pounds have been shed and many finish lines crossed in that group. It’s been quite remarkable to watch and be a part of.
Angela and I found that our new friends in this From Fat to Finish Line community wanted more! So we decided to explore more. Stay tuned for all the more (including an app, books, training programs and merchandise) to come your way.
So what exactly is From Fat to Finish Line? Member Beth Cassidy of the From Fat To Finish Line Facebook Group summed it up best when she wrote this post:
“Running isn’t only about losing weight. It’s about setting goals, it’s about doing things you never thought you could do, it’s about shutting up that voice inside your head or that (voice) that came from someone in your past that says you aren’t capable. It’s about CHOOSING a lifestyle that takes you off pills and breathing machines and shots and off the healthcare system, it’s about finding friends who are also making these choices… there are so many more finish lines than the obvious structural physical one in front of you.”
Yes. This is what we are about. Dream big, be the healthiest version of you possible, support one another and make goals. Whether you are losing 100 pounds, running a 200 mile race or getting up to walk around the block for the first time in years, you can do this. We got you. One foot in front of another will bring you closer to your finish line. We’ll be here to pick you up when need be while cheering you on the whole way.← BackNext →