Record Run for Mercy Turn Out in Roseville
March 22, 2017
Early last Saturday morning, as the sun rose, a record number of 610 people made their way to Maidu Park in Roseville, California to participate in the Run For Mercy 5K and Family Walk.
Individuals, families, and businesses checked-in, as over 60 volunteers and 30 sponsor booths set up for the annual event. The booths included: 103.9 The Fish, iLove Kickboxing Roseville, Cycle Bar, Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Max Challenge at Kovar’s Satori Academy, and Chick-fil-A, among many others. The morning was hosted by Jodie Stevens from 103.9 The Fish.
Dr. John Jackson, President of William Jessup University, led the crowd in a pre-race prayer. Runners and walkers alike were cheered on by volunteers. Children enjoyed a “Kid’s Corner,” which included a relay race and wooden box crafts.
During the event, Ashley, a 2015 Mercy graduate, gave glory to God for the transformation and restoration in her life through the Mercy program. After years of battling an eating disorder, self-harm, addiction, and suicidal thoughts, she said, “God has now restored me. I love life! I love being able to bring hope to others because of the transformative work He has done in me. God has given me so much more than I could have imagined thanks to Mercy.”
Ashley also gave thanks to the supporters of Mercy: “Mercy is only able to do what they do because of people like you who partner with Mercy. So, thank you! It is because of your sponsorship that I’m alive today.”
Awards were presented to the top overall runners, and the top male and female finishers in each age category. The top overall male runner was Jason Pryor with a time of 18:30. The top overall female runner was Brooke Ortiz with a time of 22:21. A total of 32 people received medals. They also received ten dollars to Vitality Bowl and a one-month membership to Destiny Fitness.
Top fundraisers were also honored. The top three highest fundraisers received prizes from sponsors, including a one-hour massage from Johnson Ranch Racquet Club, gift baskets from Dr. Aaron Lowe for chiropractic sessions, and gift baskets from William Jessup University.
“San Francisco Bay Coffee and Destiny Community Center really feel like family now to us,” said Kerri Phillips, Mercy Community Relations and Development Manager. “The Run For Mercy 5K & Family Walk doesn’t feel like a fundraising event to me. It feels more like a community gathering.”
“All year long people are learning about Mercy, and they mark their calendars to join us at the Run For Mercy. It’s so great to have them join us,” Phillips continued. “Being at Run For Mercy feels like a celebration of a community coming together saying ‘These are our girls, and we’re here to do whatever – run, walk, serve – so these girls have a chance at knowing love and freedom.’ I feel so honored to be a part of it, and I can’t thank the committee enough this year,” said Phillips.
Mercy Multiplied is grateful for the generous sponsors, volunteers, and participants who made the 2017 Sacramento Run For Mercy such a huge success!
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