The idea of holding an informal run at the beginning of Easter came to North Cleveland Baptist pastor, Jay McCluskey, several years ago after his family participated in a Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Trot.”
It seemed to be a healthy and fun way to begin that holiday.
If people will gather to run on Thanksgiving morning, then why not Easter?
McCluskey then noted all the references to running in the story of Jesus’ resurrection. Mary Magdalene ran from the tomb to tell the disciples that Jesus’ body was missing (John 20:1-2). Peter and John then ran to the tomb to see for themselves (John 20:3-4).
The distance between the Upper Room and the Empty Tomb is estimated to have been approximately one mile. Therefore, a one-mile course is designed to begin and end at North Cleveland Baptist Church’s Prayer Garden.
“When running is done in recognition of Jesus’ victory over the grave, it too is an act of worship,” states McCluskey.
McCluskey welcomes the community to begin Resurrection Sunday in this unique way.
“North Cleveland Baptist invites all runners and walkers to join us at 6:30 Easter morning in our church Prayer Garden. There is sufficient time for everyone to run or walk the one-mile course at their own pace. In past years, some participants have elected to run the route more than once. Once everyone has completed the course, we will gather for a simple Sunrise devotional.”
Runners and walkers will all receive a free Resurrection Run T-shirt compliments of Travis Godfrey Sales.
The church is located at 2715 North Ocoee St., just across Ocoee Street from the United States Forest Service office.
For questions, call the church office at 476-8524.