Registration is now open for the Second Annual Katy Resurrection Run. The 5K run and 1K family walk/run will be on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Faith West Academy’s beautiful 40-acre campus. A new feature for this year’s Resurrection Run is the scenic route is now a certified course.
“Getting our course certified is something we wanted to add to the Resurrection Run for our avid runners,” Joseph Menslage, Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazine’s publisher and Katy Resurrection Run founder said.
Runners who need credits for marathons can now put the Resurrection Run on their list of certified runs. Menslage said the Resurrection Run is one of the few 5K runs that is a certified course in the Katy and Fort Bend area.
Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine team up with Faith West Academy to host the event. All of the funds raised from the Resurrection Run will go towards Faith West’s Eagle Initiative, which supports various local organizations.
“The Eagle Initiative is the community arm of Faith West, Inc.,” Gary Kerr, Faith West Founder and President said. “It reaches into the community and funds charitable giving throughout the Katy community.”
Organizations the Eagle Initiative benefits include Child Protective Services adoption fair, Caring 4 Katy, Good Shepherd, Sunshine Kids, and Sunshine Thru the Rain. The Eagle Initiative’s impact is far reaching as some of the organizations benefit children and families from downtown Houston to the greater area.
“The Resurrection Run greatly impacts the community of Katy because we do a lot of community outreach through Eagle Initiative,” Kerr said. “It really reaches into the community and tries to meet the needs of the Katy community in a variety of ways.”
Raising funds for the Eagle Initiative through the Resurrection Run would not be possible without this year’s title sponsor Belhaven University. When Belhaven heard about the Resurrection Run’s mission to bring hope and resources to children and their families in the community, they knew they had to help in any way possible.
“It is all about the kids,” Erica Scardino, director of admissions and student services for Belhaven University’s Adult, Graduate and Online Division said. “The charities the Eagle Initiative supports do amazing work. We are excited to work alongside Faith West and Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazine to accomplish their fundraising goal.”
The highly-ranked Christian college offers 70 areas of study including academic majors and concentrations across a full spectrum of disciplines, as well as a variety of master degree programs.
“We want to help anyone who wants to see their dream of graduating college become a reality,” Scardino said. “Our degree programs work great for adults that are short on time and money.”
For more information about their affordable, convenient and close-to-home programs, call 281-579-9977 or visit their website houston.belhaven.edu. “It is a huge honor,” Scardino said for Belhaven to share in the sponsorship of the Resurrection Run. They are looking forward to seeing the families of Katy on race day to celebrate the Easter season.
“Easter weekend is a time where we, as Christians, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and share in the victory it brings to all who believe,” Scardino said. “Belhaven University is excited to know that many individuals and families from all walks of life will be coming out to run where we can help spread the love of Jesus in such a fun and meaningful way.”
The First Resurrection Run was a great success. It raised a significant amount of money to give to the Eagle Initiative. However, the Resurrection Run team hopes to raise even more this year to give an even great amount to the Eagle Initiative.
“We can’t do it on our own though,” Menslage said. “We need the Katy community to sign up to participate in the run. We are planning a really fun, family friendly, Christ-centered event. We want the community to come out and enjoy it, while helping us meet our goal.”
Participants can receive a $10 discount on their registration by signing up early. To register, visit resurrectionrunkaty.com. There are also special discounts for first responders and military service members with an ID.
Make plans to celebrate the Easter weekend by bringing your family to participate in the Katy Resurrection Run. Besides the actual run, there will also be live music and great food from the Resurrections Run’s other generous sponsors.
“It is natural that during the Easter season, which celebrates the resurrection of our Lord and symbolically new life, that we think of ways we can help lives, touch people and sacrifice in order to help others,” Kerr said. “That is the great thing about the Resurrection Run, it really is a natural expression of the heart of Christ.”