Centerpoint’s 2012 Half Marathon
Continuing a Tradition of Success
Saturday’s second annual Centerpoint Half Marathon, attracted nearly 750 runners for the half marathon, 5K, and 1-mile runs; and this is an increase of about 70 from last year, according to the unofficial tallies by race coordinator Leslie Smith. The proceeds of these races go to youth mission programs and the Kevin Turner Foundation.
The planning and preparation for the half marathon, 5K, and 1-mile fun runs began more than six months ago, and grew in intensity as the event neared. Although the runners and volunteers have gone and the YMCA now looks like it did a few days ago the run’s proceeds and associated impacts will linger for many months, and possibly years, to come.
The race had a noticeable atmosphere of “runners’ camaraderie”, as the gathering of participants and spectators fellowshipped at the start line and afterwards told war stories of tormenting hills, much needed water stops, and the volunteers’ excitement throughout the course.
As the awards ceremony neared, the gymnasium became a scene of anticipation and excitement for many and a place of recovery for a few tired runners. As the gym quickly became a sea of green shirts, shorts, and hats, and one would expect such a scene on Saint Patrick’s Day. Christian music served as the background and a giant video screen rotated pictures from the race.
Kevin Turner’s video interview with the Centerpoint staff was aired. He described his story and foundation’s vision of defeating ALS and repeatedly thanked organizations such as Centerpoint for their generous donations. To date, Turner’s foundation has been able to raised over five million dollars, and during the past year has sponsored 30 new drugs into the medical channels that slow the effects of ALS.
Centerpoint’s youth missions programs will benefit from the Half Marathon proceeds, and this year the youth will carry Christ’s message and example to Nicaragua, Peru, and New Orleans.
On behalf of Centerpoint, we would like to thank the more than 125 volunteers and a host of sponsors who made the half marathon possible this year. The volunteers and sponsors provided labor, food, resources, and ideas; and Christ’s love was at the center of the event.