On Friday, June 10, the inaugural New England Conference Miles for Mission: 5K was held at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. There were more than 60 participants in the event, which was a fundraiser for the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. The race raised approximately $3,100 for the cause. There are still t-shirts for sale and donations can still be made online for Imagine No Malaria.
“This was a fun and successful event,” commented pastor Scott Masters, one of the organizers of the event. “There were so many involved in the planning, organizing, and participation in the race, and it came off so well. We hope to be able to do this again next year!”
Sponsors of the event include Road ID (www.roadid.com
) for Bib printing and various race day supplies, www.Fit4Faith.org
(for the purchase of the online presence), and Great Beginnings, LLC (for the purchase of all water, and post race refreshments).
Masters also commented that while this event was designed to support the Imagine No Malaria effort, there were other benefits as well. “Although it was a fund raising opportunity for the conference, the stories shared were the most moving part of the day. Learning how so many, in order to prepare for this event, became refocused on embracing a better and healthier lifestyle was beyond encouraging. Hearing how much those small steps have made a difference truly made everything worthwhile,” he said.
Jeff Ferreira of Ipswich, MA was the first to cross the finish line. The final results and photographs have been posted online at www.milesformission.org
. Visitors can also subscribe to the site by clicking on the “sign me up” button, to be kept updated as planning progresses for upcoming events, and more.
JEFF FERREIRA, of Ipswich Mass, led the pack with a winning time of 19 min. 48 sec. (photo by Tricia Waldron)
Participants ran, walked, and strolled the 5K course during the 2011 New England Annual Conference session (photo by Tricia Waldron)