Hundreds join in to run Saturday for a great causePublished 10:05pm Saturday, October 12, 2013
Motorists traveling Dallas Avenue Saturday morning must have wondered what was going on as hundreds of area residents were running — or walking — down the street.
While it might have appeared as a recreational 5K, each person running represented a family of four in rural Africa receiving clean water for a year.
Saturday marked the fourth annual Integrity Worldwide 5K, attracting more than 300 runners who by participating, helped support Integrity Worldwide’s ongoing mission work in Meto, Kenya.
“I wish I could see it, wish I could be there for it,” Integrity Worldwide director Alan Hicks Jr. said from his home in Germany, viewing the throngs of people registering for the event through the Facetime application on his mother, Averee’s, iPhone. “It really is amazing — every time we do this — just how much the community turns out to support us.”
Integrity Worldwide is a Selma-based Christian mission organization that has maintained a continuous presence in Meto, providing clean drinking water for both the residents and their livestock, helping develop schools and providing meals for school children.
“It amazes me at the diversity of people we have out here today,” Averee said. “This is a community event. We have runners from four or five in the one-mile run, to those who are in their 70s taking part in the 5K.”
Averee also pointed out that the vendors who turned out for the event shared a similar theme.
“We didn’t plan this at all, but most of them are health oriented,” Hicks said. “And over here, you even have a vendor offering free hugs and prayers. That’s important too.”
For more information on Integrity Worldwide and their mission work, visit integrityworldwide.com.