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Joplin Group Runs for God

JOPLIN, Mo.--- "Run for God" is a local group started by a Joplin resident to focus on physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. For Tom Rogers, he'll tell you this is his opportunity to give back on his second chance at life.
JOPLIN, Mo.--- "Run for God" is a local group started by a Joplin resident to focus on physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. For Tom Rogers, he'll tell you this is his opportunity to give back on his second chance at life.   

"Everyday I wake up, there's a little twist to the journey. It's been a roller coaster ride, that's for sure," said Tom Rogers, Joplin Resident.

Joplin Resident Tom Rogers remembers the moment when he felt like he hit rock bottom.

"There was some runners, they were going up a hill past my house. I remember having tears in my eyes, thinking that's something that I would like to start, but I can't overcome this to be able to start that," said Rogers.

This was 2009, Rogers was an alcoholic, going on 18 years.

"You capture something you want to feel, but you only capture it for a very, very short time. At some point, you've dug yourself such a hole that you don't see any hope. You don't see any way out, and that's ultimately where I got," said Rogers.

Knowing he was knocking on death's doorstep, he decided to turn to religion.

"It was a Sunday after the day I stopped drinking. Still very shaking, still uneasy, nausea, everything that goes along with it. But I felt like just by being here, it was the first part of the puzzle," said Rogers.

At that moment, Rogers wanted to change his life. Now, he's four and half years sober. In the running community, he is a man who people call a motivator.

"He loves the energy that goes along with the running. He's very into the community," said Stacey Middleton, Oronogo Resident.

"What Jesus calls us to do is serve one another. That's a life I try to lead, the best that I can, is to serve others," said Rogers.

Remembering the feeling that day the runners ran past his house, Rogers decided to start a running group using his two passions, calling it "Run for God." A club that focuses on physical and emotional wellness.

"It's more than just getting off the couch and running a 5K. People who just do this training begin to understand, you know what, I can beat my food problem, I can beat my relationship problem, I can beat my alcohol problem," said Rogers.

Rogers knows he was given a second chance in life. He tries to live his life by example, being there for those who might be facing the same thing he overcame.

"My heart is really for those who don't have any hope and are broken," said Rogers.

The "Run for God" group will be having another session starting on Monday at 6 p.m. at College Heights Christian Church.

(KODE, Joplin)
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