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The third annual Lexington’s Race Against Hunger, which includes a 10k run and 5k-fitness walk, came off as a huge success on January 25, 2003. Despite a week of chilling weather and a start that saw temperatures in the 20s, we had 400 enthusiastic runners and walkers. Also present were five missionaries, representatives from two of our charity benefactors (Lexington Interfaith Community Services and Souper Bowl of Caring) 80 police officers, 70 volunteers, and many others who gathered to watch.

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. Exact figures will be posted on our web site, www.lexrah.org, before the end of February. Also, we had about 225 lbs of food donated directly to Lexington’s Interfaith Community Service’s food pantry, “Food For Living”. There are several event related food drop off points uncollected.

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, and Souper Bowl of Caring will be utilizing funds locally as seed money to generate more dollars to feed the hungry in the midlands. 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 Dr Sue Makin, an OBGYN working with the Presbyterian Church in Malawi. Reverend Ricardo & Reina Green, professors of church growth in Brazil. Dr. Guido & Sarah Mahabha, missionaries in San Jose, Costa Rica. Guido is the professor of New Testament and Sarah is the professor of Pastoral care. Dr Sue Makin was the 10k honorary starter, Reverend Ricardo Green ran the 10k, and Sarah Mahabha was honorary starter of the 5k. Dr. Brad Smith, founder of Souper Bowl of Caring, and Sandy Butler, Lexington Interfaith Community Services, were our charity representatives and special awards speakers.

In the 10k run, Eric Ashton took first place in 33:14. Eric is also our course record holder with a time of 32:00. Melissa Covington was first place overall woman with a time of 43:18. Full race results and pictures can be found at www.lexrah.org.

This event has successfully pulled together the community for fun and to benefit many hungry people. There are so many people responsible for the huge success. To name a few: thank you to the event coordinating staff Laura Shealy, Joe Walker, David Crocker, Karen Shamburg, Ralph Mayer, Hal Bowers, George Cannon. Thank you to the media partners, WLTX, B106, and The State. Thank you to corporate sponsors Carolina First Bank, Lexington Medical Center, Pulliam Wray/Pulliam Ford, and Lexington Business Park. Thank you to the over 30 Bronze, and Contributing level sponsors. 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.