Three weeks ago, I was privileged to be a part of a really special opportunity to serve my community by putting on the Labor Day Funk Run 5k. This was the 4th annual event, and my third consecutive year as race director. We had our largest, most competitive crowd yet. High energy, strategic organization, and our awesome volunteers made for a smooth and successful day.
In the 1980 Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell proclaims, “I feel God’s pleasure when I run.” That really resonates with me. I love to run for a lot of reasons. Fitness, competition, and fun are just some of the reasons I lace up my sneakers and pin on running bibs. But running for me is also spiritual. It is a chance for me to get away from the chaos of real life, and get in touch with the divine. The main goal of any race I put on is that space is created for runners to have a safe and fun time, and even feel the love and peace our soul’s often crave.
Of course we also want to leave our community better than we found it. I’m proud to say we are certainly doing that! We work with non-profits like United Way to get shoes for those without proper footwear. Last week, we got our first request for shoes. A family with several children lost all they had, and we were able to buy them each two pairs- one for every day wear, and one for gym and athletic activities. Our rep at United Way told us these children had never owned name brand, new shoes. I believe God loves all of us from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes. On days when I deliver shoes, someone’s feet just get a little extra love. We raised just over $2,000 so we will be able to buy approximately 50 more pairs of shoes this year. I have this crazy dream of tripling our proceeds in 2015, and you can help make that dream a reality!
Now is the part where I thank a whole lot of people.
First, I want to thank United Assembly, our biggest supporter and sponsor. They make the race happen by proving generous funding and a wonderful volunteer base. We could not do this event without them, and I’m so blessed by the out-of-the-box ministry they encourage.
I want to thank Southern Wesleyan University for their substantial sponsorship, and their commitment to provide a quality education for so many.
I want to thank Issaqueena Pediatric Dentistry. They have partnered with us from the very beginning, and their loyal and generous support has helped us get to year four with the race.
I want to thank Pace Running Magazine for their partnership. I attribute our growing field to their outstanding publication. They are connecting runners with quality running events, and building community and comradery in the process.
I want to thank Randi Owen’s and Red Art Photography for allowing all the runners the option to download ALL the event photos for free!
I want to also thank Life Springs Media, Advanced Electrical Services, The Mordecai Project, Blue Ridge Pediatrics, Gotta Run Clemson, and Sole Grill and Sushi Bar for their impactful support.
I want to thank the City of Seneca, our city police, Go Green Events, and T&R Graphics for helping all the important details come together.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank all the runners who participated. I hope you enjoyed your running experience, and that you will run with us again on September 7, 2015 for the fifth annual Labor Day Funk Run 5k.
Until then, may the funk be with you.