We run on the energy of our volunteers.
founder, President, group leader-Medina and wadsworth
I've always been active but I did not begin serious distance running until age 48. I have completed numerous full marathons as well as shorter races. Throughout my life I have used exercise as a way to manage my mental health and addictions. In 2015, I was prompted to start this group because a friend of mine lost his son to heroin. I now have a passion to help others learn how to use exercise to improve their lives on all levels.
Membership coordinator, Group leader-Akron
Secretary, Group leader-Akron
Bernie Rochford is Executive Vice President of Oriana House, Inc. and has worked for the agency since 1985. He has been a runner most of his life beginning in high school. He picked up the pace, so to speak, of his running when he turned 40. Over the last 20 years he has run 10 marathons, countless half marathons and shorter races. A hip replacement at the end of 2011 limits his races to a few half marathons a year and several shorter races. Knowing how positively running has impacted his life, he is excited to bring running/walking to those who may not have had the experience of getting the blood flowing and the endorphins firing off in a good way. He enjoys engaging people who are struggling with addiction and mental health in a supportive community environment of exercise.
Treasurer, Group leader-wadsworth
My name is Becky Thomas. I’m married with two grown children and two grandsons. I became involved with Running2bwell when my son started running with them. My husband and I started volunteering at 5K races he was in. I wanted to do more with helping people and being part of something that we believe in.