I originally signed up for No Boundaries in the summer of 2011. At that time I had a one year old Australian Shepherd, Tesla, who needed a lot of exercise. She could run farther and faster than I could. I thought that by participating in No Boundaries I could build up my strength to be able to run with Tesla. What I experienced during that summer in No Boundaries was beyond what I ever imagined. I ran my first 5k at the end of No Boundaries, and thus achieved that goal. However, I gained so much more. I have made friendships that I never imagined as a result of No Boundaries and the other Fleet Feet training programs in which I have participated. I have gone on to run 10k races and 3 half marathon races...something I would never imagined I could do. The Fleet Feet training programs, the mentors, and the other participants have been there supporting me along the way. They have helped me find and tap into strength within myself that I did not know that I had. It has been hard work, and it has been incredibly rewarding. Keith and Emily Davis, Stacie Battjes, the volunteer mentors, and the entire Fleet Feet Staff have become my extended "running" family and have helped me learn that my goals are achievable.
- Suzanne Helmick