Remington Hill says it straight: “I am going to do it because my mom is making me do it!” She smiles, but whether she runs or walks the Bolder Boulder event on Memorial Day, May 25, she will be part of nearly 15 percent of the Adventure Seventh-day Adventist Church members who plan to join a crowd of 50,000 participants for this annual event in Boulder, Colorado.
Coordinated by Kimberly Hill, Remington’s mother, who has a degree in exercise physiology, the Adventure congregation took the Bolder Boulder event challenge seriously. “I am just a ring leader and a volunteer,” Kimberly says. “For us, it’s Christianity in motion. It is also a witness to a healthy lifestyle which our church stands for,” she adds.
The Adventure group, which ranges from 8 years old to 65, decided to join in the 10K run as a team. After the event was announced, the church noted that it was for those who “want to stay physically and spiritually fit. The challenge was out there,” Kimberly added.
A skilled promoter, Kimberly shared an opportunity with everyone in the Greeley congregation. “If they signed up by a certain time, they would receive a free t-shirt,” Kimberly said. The group will run under the theme, Faith and Fitness. “Our Scripture is fit and faithful. We are taking seriously what Isaiah 40:31 says, ‘They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint,’ and we want to be physically and spiritually fit,” she says.
Remington does not plan to run, but perhaps just … walk for a part of the course. She is getting ready for it, she says. After all, the event is for everybody who can sprint, run, jog, walk or crawl," Remington comments.
The local Adventist church in Boulder plans to be available with a water table at the start of the race. Greg Hodgson, a leader of a Boulder church volunteer group, reports that at least 20 volunteers will be ready by 6 a.m. to distribute water at the start line. They will also provide race security and serve as race ambassadors. Last year, 29 volunteers participated.
Speaking about the importance of volunteering in this city-wide community event, Allegra Nelson, one of the church elders said that “we have done it for several years, and 2015 is just as important to us as our presence previously. We are there to assist, and as volunteers, we can run without paying a fee at the end of the race. We have been there before, we will be there now,” she said. [Rajmund Dabrowski]
Kimberly Hill, Adventure church volunteer for Bolder Boulder event with her daughter, Remington
Boulder Adventist Church volunteers handing out water at Bolder Boulder event in previous years