Advocate Spotlight: Rachel Running for Hope on May 20

Rachel serves as a writer and photographer on the Restoring Hope Ministries team.

Rachel and her husband, Matt

Can I just take a moment to be honest? Running… is like punishment. Running is the proverbial timeout that I put myself into when I eat two donuts instead of two eggs in the morning, or need to lose one dress size by next month. I run only when I need to accomplish something that requires sacrifice of something I like to do, but failed to sacrifice. (Like eating what I want, or reading a book on the couch instead of going to my kickboxing class, for example.) I can’t stand it. I cannot actually summon to memory more than a handful of people that do like it.

The best lesson I ever learned about running, though, is that it doesn’t have to be in retribution for something I should have done differently. It can be something that I choose to do to make this world a better place. I’m specifically addressing running for a cause–running for my Congolese brothers and sisters. Sisters like Elalie.

Click here to take three minutes to learn about her story.

Mark your calendar for the Run for Hope 5K on May 20, 2017! Pretzel City Sports will be providing race timing and management. Visit to register or learn more. But hurry, race day t-shirts are only guaranteed if you register by May 1!

Where: Race day will be located at Scott Park in Easton, PA, which offers stunning views of both the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.

When: Registration begins at 7:30 am. Run starts promptly at 9:00 am.
All ages: $25 entry fee if register in advance; $30 day of
Kids Fun Run (under 12): $10 entry fee; begins at 9:40 am.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. Top three (3) finishers in each of the following age groups will receive an award, both male and female: 15 & under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.

In addition to running/walking, we do have sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

GOLD – $250 (includes two race tickets, t-shirt, finish line booth, logo on event t-shirt and website, social media recognition, and more)
SILVER – $100
BRONZE – $50

Email Stacey Liberti at with any questions or if you need help registering.

By choosing this race, your foot-to-ground forward motion, is literal forward motion for the Congolese people, and in that, the working hands and feet of Christ. The funds raised will help fulfill RHM’s mission of restoring, training, and sustaining our Congolese brothers and sisters.

So, as much as I hate running, (have I mentioned that I hate running?) I’ll be there, and my kids will be there on May 20th, sneakers to pavement, running for hope.

Want to do more than run? (But really you should run, too.) Click here to also share the event with your friends!


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