Cindy Martel, an avid marathoner, started Race for Faith as a way to reach people for Christ and raise money for deserving, local organizations. The race has raised over $70,000 for organizations like, First Priority South Florida, a student-run Bible club, Food Pantry, which provides food to those in need, C.R.O.S.S. Ministries, an equipping ministry, Urban Youth Impact Dream Centre, which empowers inner-city youth to fulfill their purpose, World Vision, which provides long term solutions to poverty, Genesis Assistance Dogs, an organization that provides assistance dogs to those in need and this year, and now Hospice of Palm Beach County, which offers holistic care and support for the whole family when a loved one is facing a life-threatening illness. Martel chose Hospice of Palm Beach Country in memory of her sister.
“And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a, NLT) Martel founded Race for Faith, not only to raise much-need funds for beneficial organizations, but also to get the community active, to use as a tool for spreading God’s love and encourage other Christians.
The idea first came to her 12 years ago. “I was a runner myself and still am. I started this race, believe it or not, on a treadmill. For so many years, I always ran a bunch of different local events. I ran marathons and things like that. I said, I have to give back. I love God with all my heart, he’s my passion, my strength and I just said there has to be something I can use for this. It came to me on a treadmill and I thought, let’s do a race for faith…It’s about bringing people together, encouraging them in their walk with Christ and it was successful… No matter how much time or effort, I’m never going to give this up. It blesses me and other people. It’s amazing to see the people who come out and learn what their stories are.”
Registration for Race for Faith is $30 or $40 the day of the race for your choice of a 5k or 10k. The entry fee includes breakfast, high tech race shirts for the first 400 racers, ribbons for children participating in the 100 Yard Fun Dash, live music and prizes. Registration starts at 6 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The family-friendly event even includes a free kid’s 100 yard dash with ribbons for each participant along with music, breakfast and prizes. If you are unable to run you can still support through donating or purchasing shirts at the event. To donate, register or for race preparation advice, visit www.raceforfaith.com.