Running to Change a Life by Guest Blogger Kate Avery

I suppose by now some might consider me a seasoned runner. After never running before in my life, I started just over two years ago, caught the “bug” and have since run 30+ races including

Kate running the Bear Chase 50 mile run.

several marathons and ultra marathons.

But I can still pin point where it all started: with a 5K I ran for charity in 2012.

It may sound cheesy – but that 5K changed my life. It taught me that I could do things I never thought possible. It gave me confidence and self worth. It helped me in my relationship with God. As I started running longer and farther distances, I would use that time alone running to pray and reflect on life. It’s now become a part of who I am and always will be. All from a simple 5K I decided to do on a whim to raise money for charity.

Which is why I am so excited that Global Hope is holding their inaugural 5K on Nov. 1st, to raise funds and awareness for their non-profit organization. In addition to getting our community active and outside to enjoy a beautiful fall day in Colorado – my hope is that this event will also raise awareness for Global Hope and inspire people to help change the lives of children in Romania, Kenya and India.

I’ve known about Global Hope for a long time – the founder was the pastor at my church growing up, and my dad is now the volunteer treasurer. For the past few years I’ve been financially supporting a young girl in Kenya as a Global Hope God Parent. So while myself and probably the majority of people reading this probably already know a lot about what Global Hope does and their wonderful mission to serve orphans, I hope to encourage you to spread the word about this event and invite your friends and family to come join us so that we can continue to provide a Christ-centered loving home for children across the world.

The race will be held on November 1, 2014 and is for all ages and abilities – be it a competitive runner to a recreational walker. The event will feature chip timing, awards for the top finishers, and t-shirts. Families are encouraged to attend; younger children can participate in the Fun Run, and those not running are welcome to volunteer or come to cheer on their loved ones!

I hope to see you there and challenge you to invite your friends and family. After all, it doesn’t take much to change a life—be it your own, or a child across the world!