ST. PAUL (AP) - A Minneapolis-based running club is aiming to improve the lives of homeless shelter residents through exercise and participation.

Mile in My Shoes began in June as a way to get unlikely runners out on the pavement. The club takes a page from existing efforts in New York City and Philadelphia, where other groups are also trying to bring basic exercise practices to homeless people.

Mile in My Shoes was launched by longtime runner Mishka Vertin and her boyfriend, Mike Jurasits, both of whom lead the runs in the Twin Cities. She says its goal is to provide an outlet of stress relief and a supportive community to people in need.

The group meets for runs with residents of the Higher Ground shelter twice a week.