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5K Family Run For Coffee – May 14, 2022

13th Annual 5K Family Run for Coffee and 2-mile Walk: Another New Twist on a First Pres Spring Tradition!

Saturday, May 14, 2022
10:00 a.m.

After two years of “pandemic style” events due to coronavirus concerns, the 5k Family Run For Coffee is returning as an in-person event. Get ready for some exercise, fun and fellowship in support of a great cause!

This year runners are invited to join a 5K in-person fun run. Everyone will gather on the church lawn to sign in, turn in their donations, and collect their special edition shirts. Then the runners will head out to run a marked course through the Thunder Hill neighborhood next to the church for an un-timed run. Although the run will commence with a group start, it’s not a race; it’s a group fun run on sidewalks, streets, and trails through the Thunder Hill neighborhood.  Meanwhile, walkers can enjoy a 2-mile course on church property that’s suitable for everyone – including children, strollers, and dogs on leashes.

All attendees will be expected to follow whatever COVID precautions are in effect at the time of the event. The entire event will be outdoors, so don’t forget your sunscreen. 

EVERYONE is welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch and other refreshments on the church lawn during the event. You don’t need to run, walk or volunteer to join the fun.  Runners and walkers who collect at least $50 in pledges and everyone who makes a $50 minimum donation will receive a commemorative, limited edition tee shirt that can be picked up at the event on May 14th.  Remote participants can request their shirts be mailed to them. Shirts in adult and children’s sizes are available; register by May 3 to guarantee that you get the size shirt you want.

Proceeds from this event support economic development for members of the church’s partner presbytery in Guatemala. Microgrants given to church members allow them to grow coffee, which gives them extra income for years to come.  To learn more about the project, visit Guatemala Coffee Project (firstpreshc.org) or ask the folks at the registration table in the upper commons where you can sign up to run, walk or volunteer.

Do you know of a business that might want to support this event?  There’s information about corporate sponsorship at the registration table and on the event page, https://firstpreshc.org/familyrunforcoffee/

Online registration and lots more information is available at https://firstpreshc.org/familyrunforcoffee/ 

Questions can be sent to letsrunforcoffee@firstpreshc.org