Does the Run for Missions benefit Barclay College?
No it does not. The Run for Missions fundraiser benefits the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting Missionary Blessing Fund (aka “Run for Missions” Scholarship Fund). Since 2005, EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers Team have supervised a fund to support continuing education tuition for our missionaries. Their desire is to give affirmation, support and blessing to our missionaries responding to a “call” to missions and who are currently serving on the Friends Mission Field. Since the inception of this fund, all but one recipient of this fund have been from Barclay College.
The desire for the Missionary Blessing Fund (MBF) is that it grows substantially to become an endowment fund to truly bless our missionaries. Imagine a day when our church can take it to another level in supporting the work of missions, getting behind our missionaries in financial support not only from the time they go to the field until they come home, but from the first day of their calling and throughout their schooling and education process! Lord willing, this day is becoming closer and closer to reality! See this video casting the vision for the Run for Missions.
5K/10K/Half-Marathon and 100 miles? 2 different events? I’m so confused!
It’s okay, don’t be confused! There are two separate things going on under the banner of the Run for Missions. Both events benefit the Run for Missions Missionary Blessing Fund (see explanation an links above). The 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathon event is Saturday, October 31st and is open to the public. All proceeds benefit the MBF. The 100 mile fundraiser run will start on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. You can run the whole 100 miles with Adam if you want, or you can join him for a few miles anywhere along the course.
Can kids run and/or walk in the 5K/10K or even the half-marathon?
Absolutely! Several kids ages 5 – 12 are already registered for the 5K. Parents can decide if their children can complete that distance and if so, get them signed up! They will enjoy the experience for sure. Please note that when you register any child 12 and younger to click “Sign in as a guest” when you register at ultrasignup.com and it will work great. This is due to federal privacy laws of storing info for anyone under 13. Also, if you need children’s size t-shirts, please just send me an email (email@example.com) to let me know because only adult sizes are given on the website. Children’s sizes usually run approximately an extra $1 or so.
Are walkers welcome in the 5K/10K and half-marathon events?
Yes, any walkers are welcome. You have an hour to finish the 5K – so you can easily walk three sub-20 minute miles. You can have up to 2 hours to finish the 10K and 3 hours to finish the Half-Marathon.
Do you run the 100-mile race non-stop?
Yes, we do not stop to sleep, but instead keep going all day and all night, taking around 24 hours to complete the distance. We do, however, pause for just a few moments every 3-5 miles to fill up our water-bottles and grab a little food to eat along the way from our roving aid-station vehicle. See the Run for Missions 2008 - 2014 reports.
Do you run the 100-mile race along Highway 54?
No, starting in 2008 the route goes west out of Wichita on 21st street which turns into county roads and continues west for about 60 miles. Then we set off on dirt roads, all north of highway 54 through Pratt County, winding our way to Pratt. We cross through Pratt, pass by the Pratt Friends Church, down to highway 54 (on Main St.) and then take country roads north of 54 out of the west side of Pratt all the way to Haviland. The same course has been planned for 2015.
Can I give more or less than $100?
Yes, of course! Please give generously as you feel led, whether that is $10 or $10,000! In the past we have been given a gift of $2.65 from a Haviland second grade class and, on the other end, several gifts of $1-2,000 have also been given. Any amount is helpful and is greatly appreciated.
Can I run with you in the 100-mile race?
Yes, please do! 100-mile runs are challenging, long, and grueling and the more companionship and encouragement you receive along the way, the better. The most challenging part are miles 60–90ish, so if anybody is up for some slow running and wants to help set a good pace, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for pacing. More specific details will be worked out in the weeks leading up to the Fundraiser Run. You can run any distance with Adam and the other runners - from 1-50! In fact, you can run the whole 100 miles if you will commit to helping with fundraising!
Will you do this again in 2016?
The 2016 Run for Missions 5K & 10K & Half-Marathon runs are tentatively scheduled for and the 100-mile fundraiser run with a date TBD.