Why a Homeless Man Ran the Peachtree Road Race

Bill and his running partner Mandy with the shirt at the finish.

Bill and his running partner Mandy with the shirt at the finish.

I liked Bill Lepchetz immediately. He is witty and smart and open. He is also homeless.  Not that long ago he was a wealthy porsche driving executive who lived in a country club community. A cocaine addiction promptly undid all of that. I interviewed Bill, but even after the camera was off we kept talking. Really talking. We shared stories of family dysfunction and addiction and redemption, and we agreed that it’s possible to get a do over, to make amends, and to move on. Running is helping Bill do that. What a perspective check for the rest of us. You’re worried about how to get to MARTA after the race? Where you’ll meet your friends? Be grateful for your aching knees and those shin splints, because unlike Bill, when the day is over you will be home.  Remember Bill, a man who is finding his way back. I know I will.

 

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One comment on “Why a Homeless Man Ran the Peachtree Road Race
  1. Will says:

    You never know who’s next to you and if you will be in their shoes tomorrow. What a story. Probably more common than we think.

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