Edgewater UMC will be hosting a race in Port Charlotte on May 23, and not all participants will be in attendance."We have set this up where anyone in the world can sign up and run anytime – virtually," says Tracy Hussey, the race director. "You get the medal and have an option to buy the race t-shirt. All net proceeds go to Imagine No Malaria."
Hussey also directed the Edgewater Run-4-Others Race Series in the fall of last year. Nearly 190 runners participated in the church's inaugural 5K. Hussey attributes the success of the race to proper planning and not cutting corners.
"Everything was very well organized," says Hussey. "Our races are already some of the best races in the area. The details about putting one together would take a book."
Hussey has teamed up with his wife, Kimberley Hussey, Director of Children's Ministry, and John Delaney, Edgewater's Men's Ministry Director. Together they are applying their professional experience to help their church see another successful nonprofit race. Through the recruitment of volunteers, Edgewater UMC is able to contribute 100 percent of net profits from these races towards their Imagine No Malaria goal.
"We as a church are trying to raise $10,000," says Hussey.
They anticipate the virtual race option will attract international participation and boost proceeds for the charity. Those choosing to run offsite will be able to put in the miles at their own convenience by the May 23 deadline.