When you think of competitive racing, what comes to mind? Being a competitive runner, I often think of cold, brisk, and early mornings. There is always that feeling of sluggishness or lethargy that meets you before a race. Well, for once, I was able to be on the other side of the race as a spectator.

On September 6, students and leaders met at 7am over at Indian Lakes Golf Course to support the Bloomingdale Park District, and those participating in the Bloomingdale 5K. The task given us was handing out water to the runners and walkers. We had a blast! We cranked up some fun music, and energetically cheered on every runner and walker, even those at the very end of the pack. We even saw a family from the church running and were able to cheer them on.

All in all, it was a great morning to support our community in this way. Related to our ministry, this is what we mean when we talk about loving our community. In big ways, small ways, and average ways, we want to be a light to our community by helping them as were able. I was proud of our group for their enthusiasm and joy in serving the runners and park district.