Our sister Jennifer completed her first marathon!! She started the day smiling, but ended the day exhausted.
Jason and Janelle ran the 5K while waiting to cheer Jennifer to the finish.
Jason ran the last mile with Jen to give her encouragement. He even got her to sprint to the finish line.
Friends that ran on Sunday:
5K- Thomas Williams, Augustine Torres, Janelle Shives 5K - 34:58, Jason Shives 5K -
26.2M- Ken Lim - 5:49:26, Julie Farmer - 6:32:32, David Lee - 5:35:38, Neeta Abraham - 4:50:52, Janie Lee - 5:49:46, Jennifer Shives - 5:17:38
Many of us have taken on running/walking as a "Fitness through Witness", as we seek to glorify God through the bodies He has given us by living healthy lives. As Jason was running his 5K, he was feeling tired and was going to start walking. Then along came a stranger running up behind him. He held out his closed hand and said, "come on man, you can do it!" Jason hit his fist, and was filled with encouragement to keep going.
The spiritual application is obvious, we need each other, to uplift each other in Christ! This race taught us all a lesson about the race of life, where the Bible speaks of patience, and teamwork:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1
Next year, Jason and Janelle aim for the big one! 26.2M, looks like we will be joining Stunners!