Adventists Race for Health
Runners and walkers face the Atlanta heat to emphasize healthful living.

By Kimberly Luste Marann June 27, 2010, at 7:00 a.m., 330 runners gathered in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, for the Adventist Race for Health 5K/10K. Runners ranged from ages 8 to 81, and were divided into categories by age and gender. More than 100 trophies were handed out to runners, many of whom were not Adventists.

GIVING CREDIT: One of the participants in the Adventist Race for Health 5K/10K in Centennial Olympic Park points heavenward as he completes his run. PHOTO: Alden J. Ho/AR
“We want to be a spotlight in the community,” explains Dave Ketelsen, a race director and pastor of the Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church. “This race shows our presence and through it we are able to express the importance of fitness and health.”

DeWitt Williams—North American Division director of health ministries, a race organizer, and participant—agrees: “We wanted to do this race for the community, for Adventists and community members to get together and do something. Exercise is medicine—we want [to remind] people of that.”

In the 5K race, Carol Jones of Duluth, Georgia, placed first for females with a time of 23:09. The male winner, with a time of 19:10, was Robert Davis. Cinthya Sandoval, of Brazil, earned first place in the 10K race with a time of 47:02. First in the male category was Kenedy Boy Junior, of Atlanta, Georgia, with a time of 35:15.

Sponsors for the race included Better Label and Products, Inc.; Calhoun Anesthesia P.C.; Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church (Georgia); Columbia Union Conference; The Daniel Challenge; Georgia-Cumberland Conference; InStep for Life (a program of the NAD Health Ministries Department); Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church; Run for Refugees; and Washington Adventist Hospital.

The demographic breakdown was 60 percent community runners, 40 percent Adventist; 56 percent female, 44 percent male. All official race times will be posted on the Web site by June 28.

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