Posted on : Thursday February 8, 2018

By Sharon Mager

LEXINGTON PARK, Md.—Lexington Park Baptist Church (LPBC) will host their inaugural “Rise Up 5K” on Easter Sunday, April 1,  at John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, Md. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the pavilion located in the back of the park near the memorial. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. Participants are all invited to a “Rise Up” sunrise worship service in the park at 7 a.m. and for a “Come Alive” worship service at the church at 11 a/m.

LPBC Evangelism Committee Leader Hallie Starcher said church member Stefanie Gannon, now serving as race director, approached her about the possibility of hosting a race. They pondered the possibilities, but Starcher said when they considered including the sunrise service the idea really took off.

“That’s when we thought, this is something we should pursue!” she said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit “The Mission,” a local Christian-based community center that helps those who are in need and without shelter, providing food, showers, emergency shelter, haircuts, and computer training.

Community interest is building, Starcher said.

The 5k is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The registration fee includes a race “goodie bag,” t-shirt, post-race refreshments, and awards.

Starcher said the race is a great way to connect with the community, share upcoming church events, and to intentionally share Jesus.

Registration is $25 through March 28 online, and $35 on the day of registration, though shirts may not be available.