WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/24/13) - Local residents have begun the process of making the transition from couch to running a 5K. Or at least that's what the Run for God program is designed to do.
The class, led by Providence native and Pleasant Valley member Jason Hughes, met for the first time last Thursday night at Pleasant Valley Church in Providence. In attendance were future runners of all ages and skill level.
“Our youngest is eight and the oldest is around 40 said Hughes.
The 5K Challenge is a 12-week training plan aimed at running a 5K while maintaining a Christian focus, and it is designed for those who have never run.
Hughes is a lifelong runner. He ran cross country for Providence High School, before getting away from the sport for a few years to work and raise a family.
“I didn’t run much at all until just a few years ago,” he said. “Then one day I decided to go for a run.”
And he has been running ever since. In 2012 he stumbled upon the Run for God website.
“I like their program and have been trying to support them,” Hughes said. He started wearing a Run for God shirt not long after.
Last year he won his age group and finished second overall in the Kentucky State Parks Western Kentucky 5K Race Series and in February he finished 1029 out of 2633 runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013 he ran the 13.1 mile Murray 1/2 Marathon and finished 5th out of 700.
“I am convinced that God will do anything He wants to get your attention, even if it means getting your attention at times you least expect it.,” said Run for God author Mitchell Hollis on his website. “At our church’s homecoming lunch I sat down beside some friends of mine that I had known for the better part of my life. They have always been solid, mature Christian leaders in my eyes, and they both also love to run. After we had talked for a few minutes about some races my family and I had completed, my friend looked at me and said, “Mitch, don’t let this become your God.” I was shocked. Here I am talking about running, traveling, and my kids, and he is trying to give me pointers on my faith.”
Hollis said he had been considering starting a running ministry for some time, but had dismissed the idea. After this encounter he knew he had a choice to make.
“I knew I had to do one of two things: either stop using this sport that I love as an idol and an excuse, or use it to further God’s kingdom.”
At the end of the 12-week program, Run for God class members are going to run the Firecracker 5K in Sebree.
J-E News Editor
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