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The One Run Columbia 5K and 10K event was founded to raise awareness for children in need, solicit prayers, raise ministry funds and recruit mentors for our city. All proceeds from this run will go to Ezekiel Ministries and YoungLife Downtown - two organizations investing heavily in the personal, academic and spiritual development of our city's youth.
Mayor Steve Benjamin has identified mentoring as one our city's greatest needs. As a community of families, churches, and professionals who love the city of Columbia, we couldn't agree more. The success of our youth is critical to our city's future. More importantly, it's critical for their future. Many of our underprivileged children and families in Downtown Columbia find themselves in unhealthy and unsafe environments. Many of our most at-risk youth are struggle with poor behavior and an inability to interact, play, and work with other children. Additionally, they often do not show respect for authority - be it parents, teachers, or other authority figures within their circles. Many grow up in a context where crime is the norm, including the sale and use of drugs, abuse of alcohol and use of violence. These destabilizing aspects of Columbia's more impoverished areas deprive children of the practical and relational resources they need to become grounded men and women.
Mentoring is one way - a strategic way - we can address the needs of our city's youth. Mentoring is powerful. Mentoring provides the ability for an adult come alongside children to equip and empower them with skills for academic, social and professional achievement. Due to lack of parent involvement at school and at home - for a variety of reasons - incomplete homework assignments, poor nutrition and poor attendance are all too common. The families also do not always have the financial means for basic resources for school and health due to the cycle of generational poverty that surrounds them. Mentoring is designed to specifically address these challenges. But even more important than addressing academic and practical needs, "at its most basic level," Mayor Benjamin writes, "mentoring guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them."
God cares for these children and families, therefore, we care. We stand together with our city for Columbia's youth and families. We hope this event will not only prompt many in our city to give financially, but also encourage them to heed the challenge our mayor has issued, and become mentors.
Event details and schedule
|Date:||Saturday, March 28, 2015|
|Time:||10K Race begins at 8 am |
5K Race begins at 8:15 am
|5K Cost:||$25: Today - January 31, 2015 |
$35: February 1 - March 28, 2015
|10K Cost:||$40: Today - January 31, 2015 |
$50: February 1 - March 28, 2015
|Location:||Earlewood Park, N/ Main St. Columbia, SC 29203|
|Timing:||The race will be officially timed by Strictly Running|