Join us this September for our 7th Annual Steps of Faith 5K Run & Walk at Alum Creek Park off of Main St in Westerville.
Steps of Faith 5K is a community event celebrating all abilities—whether you are able to run, walk, or wheel your way to the finish line. Steps of Faith was inspired by a central Ohio Run For God community with the simple desire to glorify God in all that we do. The event is an opportunity to encourage one another in fellowship to run our race (Hebrews 12:1). This year’s race carries additional importance as part of the 200th birthday celebration of Church of the Messiah United Methodist. The event will take place not far from the original gathering site for this congregation.
Music at the event will be provided by 104.9 The River!
All race proceeds will be distributed by Church of the Messiah United Methodist to support The Heinzerling Foundation and Bradley’s House of Hope, both working to engage & develop individuals with disabilities in a loving & nurturing environment.
HeinzerlingCommunity is a private non-profit organization that provides a residential home for 208 children and adults with severe or profound developmental disabilities. Heinzerling is located on the southwest side of Columbus, OH.
Bradley’s House of Hope is a facility under the care of Tesoros de Dios (God’s Treasures), a private non-profit organization serving nearly 100 children with disabilities in Nicaragua, the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere. The facility is named after a former resident of Heinzerling.
Proceeds distributed from this year’s event will be applied to the expansion of the special education program at Tesoros de Dios, with the goal to build an additional building to support 70 additional children in the program in Nicaragua. Locally, The Heinzerling Foundation hopes to continue its construction program in an effort to accommodate expanding needs of its predominately wheelchair-bound residents.
This year’s proceeds will be applied to the equestrian program at Tesoros de Dios, which has been a huge success in soothing the mentally and physically challenged children attending Bradley’s House of Hope in Nicaragua. Locally, The Heinzerling Foundation hopes to continue its construction program in an effort to accommodate expanding needs of its predominately wheelchair-bound residents.
NEW THIS YEAR, Boy Scout Troop 560 will be organizing a canned food drive at the race with participants and spectators invited to bring food items. Collected food items will be donated locally to the food pantry at the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).
Once again we will also hold the Team Challenge! See below for more details.