Shady Grove Presbyterian’s 2014 Race for Grace

Join Bring It Food Hub in the Race for Grace 

By: Cierra Martin

This year, Shady Grove Presbyterian’s annual Race for Grace will be held on November 1st at 9 a.m., marking the event’s 18th consecutive year of combining running and fundraising for good causes in Memphis. This year we are lucky to be one of the three race beneficiaries, along with Knowledge Quest and the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center. If you’re a part of our CSA or have been in the past, we need you, so please sign up to run with Bring It Food Hub!

Race History

The Race for Grace is a mission of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. This mission began in 1997, to benefit their partner, the Church Health Center and to celebrate the congregation’s 40th anniversary. Since then, the mission’s scope has grown substantially. In 2011, the Church Health Center began their own 5K fundraising race, so Shady grove expanded their mission to incorporate 3 new charities each year. Sine then, the governing body of the church works in conjunction with the race committee to choose three beneficiaries that are performing good works in the Mid-South. Their goal is to spread the word about these organizations that are under the radar and to help them raise funds. Additionally, they encourage their own congregation to become involved in the beneficiaries’ community activities.

A Success

The reach of the Race for Grace mission has been quite large and very successful, according to pastor Jarad Bingham, with the largest race participation exceeding 800 runners in a given year. Last year, over 400 people participated and the committee awarded over 100 medals in the various division categories. Bingham shared that “everyone enjoys the race,” whether it be the kids, the beneficiary members who run, or people who just love 5K’s. People enjoy this charitable race, because it’s more than just a race. The Race for Grace incorporates fresh, homemade food and fun race perks like custom t-shirts and a photo booth. Congregation members make homemade granola bars for participants, and Cosmic Coconut comes out each year with fancy juices and delicious drinks. Winning runners also enjoy very specialized race medals with lanyards hand crafted by the folks at Sew Memphis and a specialized pewter and blue porcelain medallion.

Race Path

The race is 5 Kilometers and starts at the church, on the corner of Yates Road and Shady Grove Road. Traveling south on Yates, runners will turn right on Brantford, right on White Station, right on Walnut Grove, right on Yates and right into the driveway at the northeast corner of the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church parking lot. Parking is available at Shady Grove Elementary and at Wesleyan Hills United Methodist Church. There will be water stations at mile markers 1 and 2, plus refreshments at the finish line.

The Details

Sign up now to be a part of the race and benefit 3 awesome organizations in Memphis! Pre-Registration is $25 if you sign up online before October 30th. Day-of-race registration is $30 and starts at 7:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. The commemorative race shirts are guaranteed for everyone who registers by October 15th. T-shirts and other materials may be picked up the day of the race from 7:30 – 8:30 am. The race begins at 9:00 a.m., but all runners should arrive by 8:30 am. When you register, be sure to choose which of the three beneficiaries will receive your registration dollars as a charitable contribution. If you’re a part of our CSA, please support our work this year by registering with Bring It Food Hub!

Register now by clicking here! Eat local. Eat well.