Woodlake Baptist hosts inaugural 5K

The 2011 Woodlake Leaving A Legacy Inaugural 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. on the church's new property located at 3940 Georgia Highway 138, Covington in the Walnut Grove community near Loganville.

Sponsored by Woodlake Baptist Church, the cross-country race and 1-mile fun run will take place on the 45-acre tract of land which is the site of Woodlake Baptist's future home.

"Our main goal is to have a presence on the property and use it now," Woodlake Pastor Jerry Grey said. "We're very grateful to be able to do something like this in the community...We're very grateful to be able to do this and we want to use it to God's glory."

Participants of all ages are invited to come out for the event where prizes will be awarded to the overall top male and female 5K winners in three different age groups with awards and gift bags presented to other participants. Children who take part in the fun run will receive a ribbon. Post-race snacks will also be available.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The fun run begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:30. The pre-registration fee is $20 through Sept. 30, and $25 the day of the race. The fee is $7 for participants 8 years of age and younger. The fee for "ghost runners," those who just want a T-shirt, is $15.

Proceeds from the event will be used toward the Leaving A Legacy Fund, the church building fund.

"The idea of the race came to fruition after I had run a 5K trail run that was benefiting a local charity," Woodlake member and run organizer Kelli Massey said.

"I thought that we have 45 acres not being used at the moment and a race would be a wonderful way to use the property right now. We decided we wanted the proceeds to go to the Leaving A Legacy Fund because we as a church can't wait to get on the property and use what the Lord has given us."

Massey said the Leaving A Legacy message had also become especially important to her because several church members had passed away. She said she hoped the run would be a way to "honor those that left such a legacy for all of us."

Evie Maloy, a member of Woodlake who is helping Massey with the upcoming race, is taking part in the event in memory of her father Rick Alford, who passed away last November.

"I'm doing this for the future of my family and our godly heritage," Maloy said. "It's an opportunity for people to get on the property and to see what's coming for the community."

Race t-shirts will display the names placed by friends and family members in memory or in honor of loved ones. Only those who pre-register by Sept. 30, will be guaranteed to receive a T-shirt.

Anyone interested in taking part in the 5K or 1-mile fun run is invited to register online at www.woodlakebaptistchurch.org.