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The second annual Lexington's Race Against Hunger, which includes a 10K run and 5k fitness walk, came off as a huge success on January 26, 2002. We had 600 participants, over 150 volunteers, three prominent missionaries, and representatives from two of our charity benefactors (World Vision and Souper Bowl of Caring) and hundreds of others who gathered to watch or just plain stopped to see what it was all about. Amidst all the fun and bringing awareness to hunger locally and worldwide, the event managed to net over $10,000 to feed the hungry both locally and worldwide.

The real winners are all the hungry that will benefit through increased awareness of hunger, and the funds that are contributed to Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS), Souper Bowl of Caring, and World Vision. LICS will be utilizing funds to feed needy people in Lexington County, Souper Bowl of Caring will be utilizing funds locally as seed money to generate more dollars to feed the hungry locally. Souper Bowl has one of the best ratios of cost to dollars generated of any charity as every dollar spent generates $30 donated to feed the hungry. World Vision, active in 90 countries, will utilizing funds to feed the hungry in some of the poorest nations of the world where many live on only pennies a day.

Missionaries present at the event include Rev. Frank Sapp and Rev. Mary Kay Sapp (P.C.U.S.A. missionaries) who do missionary work in Japan. They served as honorary starters of he 10k run. Also present was Brad Phillips who does mission work in the Sudan with the Persecution Project. Brad served as honorary starter at the 5k fitness walk. Awards ceremony speakers were Nate Smith, World Vision Regional Director, and Brad Smith, founder of the Souper Bowl of Caring.

In the 10k run, Eric Ashton set a new course record in 32:00 as he averaged 5:09 per mile. Anne Wyman Cipolla paced the women in a women's course record time of 38:40 as she averaged 6:14 per mile.

This event has successfully pulled together the community for fun and to benefit a great cause. There are so many people responsible for the huge success. To name a few: thank you to the event staff Laura Shealy, Joe Walker, Karen Shamburg, Ralph Mayer, Hal Bowers, George Cannon, and Brandon Prosser. Thank you to the media partners, WIS TV, WMHK, and The State. Thank you to corporate sponsors Carolina First Bank and Lexington Medical Center. Thank you to the over 30 contributing sponsors and individual contributors. Thank you to the Lexington Police Dept. who recruits 80 plus officers, and puts together the master plan to keep the streets safe and flowing best as possible during the event. Thank you to the 70 plus volunteers that pitch in to help out. Together we have made a difference, and we will continue to grow the dream to make an even bigger difference in future years!

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