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Running Saves Lives

Step Forward is our relationship-based running experience that unites Volunteers with Program Participants, to train and race in the Flying Pig.


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Relationships between volunteers and Recovery Program participants are the key component to transforming lives.

Step Forward builds self-esteem, improves mental and physical well-being, and empowers Program Participants to take action. But they can’t do it alone! Participants need support, someone to encourage them when they are down. Push them when they are lagging. Laugh with them when they’re happy. Cry with them when they’re sad. And celebrate with them when they accomplish their goal to cross that finish line.

Your presence alone will give hope. Your words will uplift those who are discouraged. Your time will heal. WE NEED YOU! This works, and you WILL change lives.

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Whether you want to run or walk alone, or come alongside a program participant – you can make an impact by fundraising for Team Step Forward. We’ll offer you support, encouragement and online fundraising tips leading up to the big event.

Step Forward 2024 Calendar

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Step Forward Apparel

Step Forward and City Gospel Mission apparel is now available for purchase here! All proceeds go to support City Gospel Mission. We have t-shirts, 1/4 zip pullovers, hoodies, caps and Nike polos for sale. Buy yours today


Measurable Impact

80%– The success percentage of our addiction recovery graduates who remained sober, in stable housing, and have a job, 3 years after graduating.
30%– The National average success percentage rate.
80%– The number of people in recovery at City Gospel Mission that have heroin and opioid addictions (The program also treats other issues such as for behaviors, poor life choices and abuse).
100% of the participants in our recovery program and homeless services that have started their Flying Pig Marathon and Queen Bee Half Marathon races have crossed the finish line and completed their races!

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“Running, along with everything in life, you have to push through the pain. Running is the one thing I look forward to the most every week. I’ve traded my addiction that brought me here for running and healing. However, the important thing for me is to push through the pain on the inside, and that’s what I’ve dedicated myself to now. Running helps me do that. I see the love of God in the volunteers here, and I am so grateful for that.”

-A Step Forward recovery participant

To find out how to join, sponsor, the Volunteer Orientation Training or if you have questions, please contact David Pinson at or (513) 377-5650. For media inquiries, please contact Tim Curtis at (513) 345-1030 or

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