We are your running community

Our mission is to change lives and empower tribe members of all shapes, sizes and experience. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources needed to find your inner athlete, become mentally and physically strong, and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Never run alone again. No matter where you are on your journey.​

Where we started

When we set out to make a documentary film about 12 people who’d lost an average of 100 pounds through running we had no idea what the future would bring. Now a hit film, From Fat to Finish Line is so much more. Our community is growing and every day members cross finish lines their former selves never could have imagined.

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Without the support, friendship, training, and resources that From Fat to Finish Line has provided me I would not only not be the runner I am today but I wouldn’t be the person. FFTFL is my tribe and thanks to being a part of this community I’ve crossed finish lines I never thought possible.

Teri Brown


Nothing has meant more to me and my running journey than my FFTFL tribe. Without you all I would’ve never had the courage to even dream of completing a marathon. You encouraged me every step of the way and were there for me from training through to the finish line.

Sarah Ward


I joined the group a few years ago and, thanks to the encouragement and support I received from the group, I became a runner. I tried taking up running in the past and would run a few times then quit. This group helped me accomplish things I never thought I could.

Melissa Clarke


Meet Our Team

The founding management team not only lives the FFTFL lifestyle, they hold decades of experience in their respective fields of coaching, marketing, technology, operations and event management.

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Angela Lee, Running and Triathlon Coaching

Angela is both a certified USAT triathlon coach and RRCA running coach. Her desire to get certified came from realizing there was a shortage of coaches focused on helping clients maintain balanced, healthy lifestyles rather than just winning races. She has completed 5 full marathons, 2 half iron distance triathlons, and countless shorter races.

Jennifer Roe, Life Coaching

Jennifer is a life coach helping others clear out the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks that hold them back from living the life they want. Prior to finding running Jennifer struggled with a lifelong battle with obesity. She has since run three full marathons, including her hometown favorite, the NYC Marathon.

Karen Curtis, Technology Leadership

Karen leads the FFTFL technology team and manages the underlying technology infrastructure for delivering products and services to the community. When not working on FFTFL's technology platform, Karen can be found running insane distances over multiple days in exotic locations around the planet.

Nora Breuker, Community Impact Leadership

Nora leads the FFTFL community, its volunteer program and organizes the community events worldwide. Picking up running in 2013 changed Nora's life and helped her manage her struggle with weight. In addition to shorter races, Nora has run several half marathons.

Rik Akey, Head Coach

Rik is a running coach, writer, and motivational speaker. Prior to finding running, Rik was a 275-pound couch potato, he has been an avid runner since 2009. As a certified Distance Running Coach through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Rik has successfully coached many runners, helping them discover the joy of running.

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