Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Gilmer.
0714 Run for one
The R(un) for One 5K will be held in August in Veterans Park and benefits orphans worldwide through (Un)adopted, a division of the local Lifeline Children’s Services.
Throughout the world there are more than 153 million orphans, according to Lifeline Children’s Services. Once these children reach a certain age, they are released from government care, and many may become trapped in a lifestyle of sexual exploitation, drug abuse and slavery.
One local ministry is throwing an event to help change this reality.
The R(un) for One 5K is returning for its third year. The race supports the efforts of (Un)adopted, a division of Lifeline Children’s Services located in Hoover that partners with government officials, orphanages, businesses, schools and homes to mentor orphans and equip them with life skills. The ministry also facilitates short-term trips that expose churches, students and business leaders to the plight of orphans and helps to build relationships with international communities.
The event has grown significantly, and Elizabeth Gilmer, race organizer, said she expects around 700 runners to show up at this year’s R(un) for One on Aug. 16 in Veterans Park.
The race now has three locations: Birmingham, Fayetteville, Ga., and Louisville, Ky. Funds raised at the R(un) for One will benefit ministries in seven different countries: China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Liberia and Uganda.
“Our goal is to raise $150,000 this year for our different missions,” Gilmer said.
Tents will be set up at the race for each country and its unique ministry for those who want to learn more. Additionally, there will be food, live music and activities for all ages.
Race registration is $30 before Aug. 15 or $35 on race day. Fun R(un) registration is $10 before Aug. 15 or $15 on race day. Teams are encouraged to register together.
For more, visit runforone5k.org.