Preparing for the PrayFit 5K on March 30, the team is actively going over all the details. In fact, the heavy rain in California reminds me of the time Loretta ran the Big Sur Marathon in Central Cal. Big Sur is arguably one of the most difficult -- and beautiful -- marathons in the country. Known for it's brutal hills as much as its breathtaking views, if there's one race to run each year, this is it. But a month prior to the race, the runners were notified that due to landslides and weather, the course would need to change.
So the day before the race, thousands of runners met to get the new information and to participate in a group Q&A. You could actually feel the apprehension and tension in the air, as thousands of healthy lungs held their breath.
After all, running a marathon is tough enough, but an untested course? That's another thing altogether. But it wasn't until the race director himself took the podium that the atmosphere changed and oxygen was allowed back into the room. With one brief phrase, chaos turned to calm. "I've run the course," he said. "It's tough, it's beautiful, but it's ready for you."
His perspective became our peace.
Much like Big Sur, the course of our marathon day is unpredictable. But God knows the course. It's tough, it's beautiful. But because of Him, we're ready for it. May His perspective be our peace.
- Jimmy Peña
ABOUT THE RACE on MARCH 30th: Benefitting kids affected by disability, the 2nd Annual PrayFit 5K & 1-Mile Walk-N-Roll will again be hosted by Calvary Community Church in beautiful Westlake Village, California and is certified by the USA Track & Field Association. The registration comes with finisher medals, t-shirts and age group awards for the 5K. The 5K is chipped timed. Hurry and register.
(Not local? GO VIRTUAL! We need you. All those registered - LOCAL AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY - receive medals and t-shirts.)
Pictured below is Brandon. Brandon was shaken as a baby and it permanently damaged his spinal cord. He’s nonverbal.
He finished the mile.