California Builds Stronger Bonds Through Mud Run Monday, Jun 27, 2016 Page Image Page ContentThe Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Mud Run is one of the toughest courses in Southern California; but that didn’t stop the Boys Town California In-Home Family Services (IHFS) team from competing on June 4, 2016. The idea of participating began as an opportunity to support the Marines but quickly grew into an activity that involved the entire IHFS team.Preparation for the run began months in advance. Employees worked out on their own in addition to holding group training sessions multiple times a week. These team sessions helped to build strength, endurance and educated members on the fitness goals of their colleagues. “I would not have been able to do this without anyone else but the In-Home team,” said Marina, Pacheco-Barrera, In-Home Family Services Consultant, following the race. “The support was huge and it motivates me to strive for more runs in the future.” Together, the Boys Town California IHFS team supported each other’s mental preparation to complete the run.Boys Town California’s involvement in the Mud Run allowed participants to increase their physical strength and mental stamina while creating stronger bonds within the program.These bonds resulted in increased support and a new found importance of engaging in a healthy lifestyle to better serve their clients. Family Consultants applied these values when working with the families they serve – overcoming obstacles to achieve a common goal.“Crossing the finish line together was not only a great thing for the Mud Run, but it shows how we worked as a team,” said Justina Ryan, In-Home Family Services Supervisor. “We support each other to achieve our goals for ourselves, the program, and our families.”Boys Town California Executive Director Lawren Ramos took note of the hard work and dedication of the IHFS team; noting that in addition to their passion and skills, it’s also their strong bonds that help them achieve success. “Sitting in our In-Home Family Services team meeting, I am brought to tears by their passion for healing families, their skills to actually create change in lives, but more importantly how they do life together. They have something really special going on,” he said. To learn more about careers at Boys Town California, visit boystown.org/careers.