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Capitol Hill Members Run For the Homeless

Story and Photos by Taashi Rowe


Capitol Hill Ragnar Team 

It was 8:55 p.m. when the last member of the Allegheny East Conference’s Capitol Hill church’s relay team finished their 193-mile race. The 12-member team and four alternates started their 24-hour race in Cumberland, Md., and completed the race at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Each team member ran 13-23 miles through pitch-black country roads wearing headlamps for light, sleeping in the a van or cars in parking lots and living off of power bars, trail mix, bananas and water. Their team even finished a head of the Running with the Devil team!

Why did this group endure this long trek? Members of the Washington, D.C.-based church participated in the race, called the Ragnar Relay, as a unique way to support homeless people through the Back on My Feet charity. The charity promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.

“It was a wonderful experience and only God could have gotten us through this,” said participant Karen Hayes. “We called on Jesus a lot! The team has already decided to participate in Ragnar Relay DC 2011.”