The warmer weather and longer days are beckoning many of us outdoors after some dismal winter months. The popularity of road races will soon become evident as communities hit the streets to sweat in honor of their favorite charities, to challenge their fitness, or just as an excuse to delight in the outdoors with loved ones.
North Carolina boasts innumerable road races year-round, but there is only one we know of that has a ‘Clergy Division’ as a prize category: the Race of Grace and House Your Neighbor 5k. This 3.1 mile run/walk was formerly the Race of Grace 5k, which began in 2004 when 65 United Methodist Churches participated in the event to help alleviate suffering of neighbors impacted by hunger, homelessness, and lack of adequate healthcare.
Since then, they have joined forces with the NCSU chapter for Habitat for Humanity to offer one great big event! Over the past 14 years, these two events have given away over $340,000! This year, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will be the beneficiary.
Want to get involved? Check out their website to register to walk/run, donate, and volunteer. They’ve also put promotional resources together, including bulletin blurbs for your worship bulletin or posters for the church halls.
We wish the event a great success and applaud the Race of Grace’s efforts to promote physical activity and enjoyment of the outdoors along with raising money to help provide shelter for our neighbors.
The Lord does not delight in the strength of the horse nor the speed of the runner, but the Lord takes delight in those who fear him and who hope in his steadfast love.
—Psalm 147: 10-11
Photo by flickr user Jim Larson, via Creative Commons.