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Maranatha Church Members Prepare For Winter Series Run

Reported by: Send eMail Latasha Hughes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 3, 2013 9:16 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 3, 2013 5:07 PM EST

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Running For God
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St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A group of runners at a St. Albans church has been pounding the pavement to prepare for a race this weekend.

Members of Maranatha Fellowship church have been working together in a 12-week training program. They are getting in shape for the Winter Series 5K run coming up this Sunday in Charleston. Runners say the training program is not only about conditioning, but getting closer to God.

“The unique part of Run for God is that it's physical and spiritual,” Kelly Casebolt said. “You learn from those 12 weeks that there is a strong parallel between your running activity and your walk with Jesus and that's why it's been so popular here at the church.”

If you haven’t entered the Winter Series Walks/Runs in Charleston, here are a few incentives to get you to sign the dotted line and to get you on the starting line.

There will be a drawing for a free men’s running jacket and women’s running jacket during a special registration day from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Robert’s Running & Walking Shop in Charleston. All of the males and females who enter the race that day at the store will be eligible for the drawings.

Plus, you also can save money if you register that day during the registration. A special rate of $40 (a savings of $5) will be open to runners and walkers to do all three events, and $18 (a savings of $2) for military members, Charleston Area Medical Center employees and students to do all three events.

The series of walks and runs are scheduled in Charleston in December, January and February. All races start and finish behind West Virginia University Charleston/Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital at 31 Street and Virginia Avenue.

Following is the schedule:

Sunday, Dec. 8 -- 1 p.m., 3,000-meter (1.8 miles) walk; 2 p.m. 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) run.

Sunday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m. 4,000-meter (2.4 miles) walk; 2 p.m. 8,000-meter (4.9 miles) run.

Sunday, Feb. 2 – 1 p.m. 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) walk; 2 p.m. 10,000-meter (6.2 miles) run.

Participants in the Winter Series not only do something great for their health, but they receive a few perks. Runners and walkers who finish all three events receive a hooded sweatshirt. In the first two runs, awards will be presented to the top male and female and in the following age divisions – 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and over; and wheelchair. After the third race, awards will be presented in the same categories based on cumulative times for all three races.

No age group awards will be offered for the walks, but the top three males and females will win awards in the first two races with awards presented in the same categories after the third race based on cumulative times for all three events.

Volunteers who help will all three races will receive a hoody.

The flat, easy course is marked and starts at 31st Street and Virginia Avenue in Kanawha City and continues onto Kanawha Avenue before finishing in the same location. Traffic control will be provided at major intersections.

Same day registration for each event is $20.

Paper applications are available here

Online registration for the December race is:

here

Online registration for the January race is: here

Online registration for the February race is:

here

Sponsors of the Winter Series are WCHS TV, the city of Charleston, the Tallman Track Club and Robert’s Running & Walking Shop.



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