Runners and walkers will lace up their shoes for the North Hills 5K presented by Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday. This is the eighth year for the event.
The Rev. Spencer Good, Trinity’s associate pastor of outreach and recreation, says the race is just one component of the church’s commitment to its neighbors.
“Trinity Baptist Church has made the community of North Hills a priority and more importantly, bringing that community together for 58 years,” Good says. “Within the last 10 years we have focused on providing several outlets for the community to come together including the North Hills 5K race, the ROC, which is our athletic center that is open to the public, Upward basketball and cheerleading, just to name a few.”
The community focus continues with the beneficiary of the race, which is North Raleigh Ministries. NRM is a nonprofit that was born in 2004 as the North Hills Crisis Center. Five churches, including Trinity Baptist, provided the initial manpower and financial support to provide emergency financial and food support to those in need.
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“We support and partner with this ministry to ensure those in our community are taken care of whether it’s food, shelter, job training, crisis management or counseling,” Good says. “NRM seeks to feed the hungry in North Raleigh. We feel donating proceeds above the cost of the race that provides funds that can help stomp out hunger is an important need to be met.”
Putting together a road race takes much time and effort. Good is co-chair of the event, along with Christie Fry, who has a dedicated team of 15 members to lead the way in race planning and execution.
Race day includes a 5K walk and run, a one-mile fun run, a 100-yard dash for children age 7 and younger and a Senior Stroll for those 60 and older that takes place inside on the track at Trinity Baptist’s ROC.
The 5K is part of the Second Empire Fall Series. The series includes 10 road races, all with a strong charitable component, and participants in the selected races compete for the chance to earn points and win prizes.
“Bringing the community together is the focus and what I really love about this race,” Good says. “We look forward to adding sub-events and entertainment in the years to come and drawing an even larger crowd from year to year.”
Participants can register for Saturday’s race online at NorthHills5K.com or on the morning of the race at Trinity Baptist Church, which is located at 4815 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.
Clean drinking water
A local service organization has a donation to make to a church mission outreach that is focused on clean drinking water.
The Triangle chapter of Quota International, a group that empowers women, children and the deaf and hard-of-hearing worldwide, has purchased some personal water filtration devices that can be used hundreds of times each to cleanse water and make it safe for drinking.
If you are part of a mission group that could use the filtration devices, please email the address below.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.