Run to Reach Kids 2018

Run to Reach Kids 2018

Awana is excited to build a team for the third annual Run to Reach Kids! We would love to have you join us for the Chicago 1/2 Marathon and 5K on September 23rd, 2018 to be a part of our team to run to Reach Kids across the world with the hope of Jesus Christ!

Below are some answers to some questions you might have about the race. Get in touch with us at with other questions or a “I’m in!”  to join the team!


Why Run to Reach Kids?
The purpose of the Run to Reach Kids is to build a team of child champions to run and raise funds to bring the Gospel to kids across the globe. It’s an opportunity to make a HUGE impact in the lives of kids by giving them the opportunity to know the true Hope found in Jesus! Our team has also found the incredible impact it has on us as runners as we train physically and use our miles to turn our hearts into prayer and advocacy for kids everywhere.

What Half Marathon and 5k race will the team be running? 
It’s the Chicago Half Marathon Series race! Beautiful course along Lake Michigan. Not too hilly, perfect breeze off of the water- one of the best 1/2 marathon courses out there! Check it out here.

I’ve never trained for a race before- how do I do it? 
We will provide you with training plans and all of the tips and encouragement you need! Our runners range from 1st race ever to seasoned runners, so there will be plenty of coaching and “you can do it!” to go around! We will be creating a Facebook group to stay connected as we train.

I’ve never fundraised before – how do I do it? 
Same as our training- we will be there to walk alongside you the whole way! We’ve found some really easy ways to engage family and friends that we will share with you in the process, as well as help you accomplish your own creative ideas to engage your networks in this incredible mission to Reach Kids.

What are the fundraising expectations?
For those running the Half Marathon, Awana will cover your race registration 100% if you raise $1,310 or more. This equals $100 a mile and reaches 131 kids!
For those running the 5k, Awana will cover your race registration 100% if you raise $500 or more. This can help us reach 50 more kids with the gospel– what an incredible impact!

What would be my expenses coming to the race? 
For those coming out of town, Awana will cover your housing on race weekend at our beautiful home office in the Chicago suburbs. We will also provide a Team Rally Dinner on Saturday night and transportation to and from the packet pick up and race. Plus, Awana swag coming your way! So, transportation to Chicago and a few meals – everything else is covered!

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