Run for Mercy 5k – Race Recap

A few weeks ago, Jacynta asked me if I would do a 5k with her.  I said, “Sure!”  I didn’t need details or who the run was for.  I just needed to make sure I was available, and I was, so I signed up.

The run was today and it was called the Run for Mercy.  I didn’t really know about the organization, how big it was going to be, or any of the details.  I just knew that I had signed up for it, it was going to be at a fairly large park in the area (the Georgia State Fair is at this park so “fairly large” is an understatement) and I was going.

I got there about 20 minutes before it started which was plenty of time.  We got a group pic:

Run For Mercy Atlanta 5k

These are all of Jacynta’s “peeps.”  The goody bags were great and the t-shirts were super cute…Usually, it’s all about the shirt!

After a few minutes of chatting, they told us the rundown of the race, prayed, and then we started.

I really enjoyed this “trail run” as they called it.  Very little of it was on the street and the race itself was hilly but not too hilly.  I had great conversation with ladies that I didn’t know well and we just walked, talked, and had a great time.

Afterwards, they had a big spread of food!

Run For Mercy Atlanta Food Table

They even had pizza!

Run for Mercy 5k Atlanta

She didn’t eat it all…only a few bites.  Man, she is awesome!  I would have devoured that in two seconds flat!

Then, they had two girls that had been through Mercy Ministries come up and talk.  That is where I got to see REALLY what the walk was all about.  Both girls had eating issues and restricted themselves from food, suffered bulimia, cutting, etc.  They both found themselves at Mercy to find healing.  Their stories were extremely touching and I was interested in hearing more about this program.

When I got home, I looked at one of the brochures in the race bag I got.  This is what it said about Mercy Ministries:

“Since 1983, Mercy Ministries has provided hope and healing to thousands of hurting young women aged 13-28 who have been abused, exploited, or are facing difficult life circumstances.  Issues we address include Physical Abuse, Eating Disorders, Unplanned Pregnancy, Sexual Abuse & Trafficking, Drug & Alcohol Addictions, Self-harm (cutting), and Depression.”

An amazing thing about this program is they are helping girls for FREE and they receive no federal funding.  If they were to receive federal funding, they couldn’t talk openly about Christ in their program.

What an amazing program and what an amazing organization.  If you want to learn more, click HERE to see what their ministry is all about.

The race was fabulous.  Not only was the weather gorgeous (70 degrees and sunny) but the atmosphere was awesome!  This was the first time they had done this race in Atlanta but I see this as becoming an annual race that I do.  Next year, I will make sure to raise more money!

If you live close to Tallahassee, FL;  St. Louis, Mo; Roseville, CA; Nashville, TN; or Monroe LA there are upcoming races close to you.  I encourage you to sign up and support this great cause!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.