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Bel Inizio

Located in Houston, Texas, Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race — the race for a better life.

Houston has a generous giving community and great compassion for those in need. We have emergency shelters, transitional housing, and half-way houses. The agencies offer case workers, recovery programs, and job skills training. What gets lost, and is critically needed, is helping individuals achieve the self esteem and confidence that can come from an ongoing exercise and nutrition program.

Chevron Houston Marathon/Half Marathon
 Houston, TX
January 18, 2015

My name is Eric Carpenter and I have been a volunteer for Bel Inzio for about 3 years now.  I've helped train dozens of women to run their first 5K, taught them about the importance of nutrition for not only themselves but for their children.  I've witnessed transformations from them simply existing to having real hope for their futures. I've seen tears of pain, tears of overwhelming joy and I've seen life re-enter their eyes.  They've made goals for themselves and achieved them.  Some have went on to pursue degrees in college.  

I've run a number of 5K's with a number of these ladies and now its time for me to raise the bar for myself...I will not only be running in the ABB 5K but I'm training to run in the Houston Aramco Half Marathon too.  

I'd like to ask you for your moral support of me and your financial support for these ladies so they can learn to run in the most important race of all...THE RACE FOR A BETTER LIFE!




Donations2Date: $526

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Kevin Albright $20.00 1/23/2015 good luck, Eric! I run 3x week 5k. Just turned 50 yesterday and ran 6:40 pace for 5k on a tread. God bless you!
Lisa Herrera $25.00 1/15/2015 Go, ERIC! Godspeed, my brotha!
Charlotte Allsop $10.00 1/7/2015 Sounds wonderful!
Denise Dearing $25.00 1/5/2015 here's hoping for a good tailwind on race day :)
Helen Terpenning $25.00 1/5/2015 Just Breath is what I say, THANKS from all us girls.
Pat Bobkoff $36.00 1/4/2015 Guy and I are so proud of you. Have a successful race.
Vanessa Bates $20.00 1/2/2015 WTG Eric..... proud to know you my friend! Vanessa
Lynne Scibilia $100.00 1/2/2015 Good luck, Eric! I know you will finish!
Gregory Altman $15.00 1/2/2015 Good luck my friend!
Gary Ramsey $100.00 9/6/2014
Danyel Creager $50.00 8/25/2014 Thanks for representing such a good cause. Love ya girlie!
Kristen Troxler $30.00 7/5/2014
Theresa Strong $50.00 6/23/2014 Eric, you are going to rock this training! Great job!
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