5k Race for Grace Held on Thanksgiving

by Jennifer Bullock on November 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

The Thanksgiving holiday reminds us to be thankful for what we have, and to give to others who have less…

Runners and walkers took time out of their Thanksgiving holiday to raise money for those who are less fortunate. The 5-k Race for Grace was held in downtown Zanesville Thursday morning. Grace United Methodist Church sponsored the event, with proceeds benefitting a local food pantry.

"We started out just wanting to raise money for the church, but decided that eastside ministry was in need of help, so all proceeds for the last couple years have gone to Eastside Community Ministry’s food bank," said Co-Director Becky Woods.

Runners paid 25 dollars and walkers paid 15 to participate in the course. Woods, and Co-Director Bob Moon started the event five years ago, and Woods said it’s continued to grow ever since.

"Yes, we almost made 200 this year. We had went… We were a little over 100 last year. I was hoping on 150, so we… Thanks to this beautiful day that God gave us, we made almost 200."

Participants ranged in age from elementary school kids to their late 50s. One runner even came from as far as Michigan to take part in Thursday’s event.