The countdown is on for the Second Annual Katy Resurrection Run on Saturday, April 20, 2019. With a certified course on Faith West Academy’s beautiful 40-acre campus, the 5K run and 1K family walk/run is a great way for families to celebrate the Easter weekend while giving back to their community!
“We are planning a really fun, family friendly, Christ-centered event,” said Joseph Menslage, Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazine’s publisher and Katy Resurrection Run founder. “We want the Katy community to come out and enjoy it, while helping us give back.”
All of the funds raised from the Resurrection Run will go toward Faith West’s Eagle Initiative, which supports various local organizations. This includes Caring 4 Katy, Good Shepherd, Sunshine Kids and Sunshine thru the Rain.
The certified course makes the Resurrection Run a great event for runners looking for credits for marathons. The Resurrection Run is one of the few 5K runs in the Katy and Fort Bend area that is a certified course, said Menslage. However, you don’t have to be an experienced runner to participate.
“Most of us are not even active runners, but we wanted to come out to support the cause and do something fun together to celebrate the Easter season,” said past participant and Owner of Showcase Gymnastics in Katy, Cheryl Cupples.
Cupples attended the inaugural Resurrection Run with her co-workers at Showcase Gymnastics. One of the most memorable parts of the Resurrection Run was how the event kicked off with a devotional, Cupples recalled.
“Starting with the devotional was cool, because it reminded us of why we were there and what the Easter story means for us all,” Cupples said.
Additionally, Cupples said that the Resurrection Run’s course was both easy to follow and picturesque. A large portion of the course is around the park and lake by the Faith West Academy campus.
“It was very scenic,” Cupples said. “You weren’t just running through random neighborhood streets. It was nice to be running while surrounded by nature. I really enjoyed that part of the Resurrection Run.”
Participating in the Resurrection Run is certainly enjoyable, but it is also a meaningful experience. With proceeds being donated to the Eagle Initiative, participants are able to make an impact that is far reaching. Many of the sponsored organizations benefit children and families from downtown and greater Houston.
“The Resurrection Run greatly impacts the community of Katy because we do a lot of community outreach through Eagle Initiative,” said Gary Kerr, the founder and president of Faith West. “It really reaches into the community and tries to meet the needs of the Katy community in a variety of ways.”
The Resurrection Run would not be possible without its sponsors who generously give their support. Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine team up with Faith West Academy to host the event, along with several other community sponsors.
The 2019 title sponsor is Belhaven University. When Belhaven heard about the Resurrection Run’s mission to bring hope and resources to children and their families in the community, they knew they had to help in any way possible.
“It is all about the kids,” said Erica Scardino, the director of admissions and student services for Belhaven University’s adult, graduate and online division. “The charities that the Eagle Initiative supports do amazing work. We are excited to work alongside Faith West and Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazines to accomplish their fundraising goal.”
Other community sponsors for 2019 include Ad Webvertising, Cane Island, Drymalla Construction Company and Holiday World.
“Together, we are able to make the Resurrection Run happen,” Menslage said. “We can’t do it all on our own though. We need the Katy community too. We hope everyone from experienced runners to families looking for something fun to do will sign up to participate in the run.”
Participants can receive a $10 discount on their registration by signing up early. To register, visit resurrectionrunkaty.com. Special discounts are offered to first responders and military service members with an ID.
Make plans to celebrate this Easter weekend by bringing your family to participate in the Katy Resurrection Run. In addition to the run, there will be a variety of other entertainment, including live music and fantastic food from the Resurrections Run’s other generous sponsors.
“It is natural that during the Easter season, which celebrates the resurrection of our Lord and symbolically new life, that we think of ways we can help lives, touch people and sacrifice in order to help others,” Kerr said. “That is the great thing about the Resurrection Run: it really is a natural expression of the heart of Christ.”
For additional information about the Katy Resurrection Run, visit the Facebook page @ResurrectionRunKaty.