Cabin fever brought out a great crowd to participate in the fourth annual Lexington Race Against Hunger that took place on January 31, 2004. The ice storm which hit the midlands area early in the week had people running to get out of their homes and into the Race Against Hunger. The 10K run, 5K Fitness-Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run turned out to be a great event. We had over 550 energetic runners and walkers registered for our events. Also in attendance were four missionaries, representatives from two of our benefiting charities (Lexington Interfaith Community Services and Super Bowl of Caring), some 90 law enforcement officers, 70 plus volunteers, and many spectators.
The occasional chilly wind, still brought smiling faces to the excitement and the awareness of our need to support those who are hungry in this world. This year’s event not only raised the awareness levels, but managed to net $ 11,265.30 that was distributed to the charities to feed people locally and worldwide. In addition, Lexington Interfaith Community Services received 2,062.5 pounds of food, donated by area schools and individuals, for their food pantry.
Lexington Interfaith Community Services will be using their share of funds to feed the hungry in Lexington County. Souper Bowl of Caring will be applying their funds to generate more dollars to feed the midlands’ hungry people. World Vision, active in 90 countries, will appropriate their funds to feed people in some of the poorest nations of the world where wages earned daily amount to only pennies.
Missionaries in attendance of the event included Dr. Haruun Ruun, Executive Director of the Counsel of Churches of Southern Sudan, Lee Fogle (a member of Saxe Gotha) with ISO, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, Frances Buros, Executive Director of Medical Missions, and the Reverend Roldan Rios, a partner church from Orangewalk, Belize. Susan Parlier, representative from LICS was an official starter of our One Mile Fun Run.
In the 10K Run, Keith Matiskella from Columbia took first place in 33:40 in the men’s category. Megan Weis also from Columbia was the women’s first place participant in the 10K Run in 40:28. FULL RACE RESULTS AND PICTURES ARE POSTED ON www.lexrah.org.
Once again, this year’s race brought together members of the community for fun and challenges to benefit the many hungry people in this world. This event is successful only because of the many people who pull together to plan, execute, and sponsor the event. Thank you to all level of sponsors who make this such a great success in funding charities to feed the many hungry. Thank you to the many law enforcement officers that make our streets safe, and to the Lexington Police Department who continues to put together the master plan for traffic flow and street safety. Thank you to the 70 some volunteers that do a great job of planning and keeping everything operating smoothly on event day. Working together we accomplished much and influenced the lives of people in need.