A walk/run hosted by the high school class of 2016

Online registration is closed, however, you can still sign up on race day at the venue.
A 5K road race with quotes and fun facts along the course, followed by a BBQ and prizes in the church parking lot!

Registration Fees

5K Closed

Minimum sponsor of $35 per participant

BBQ Only Closed

All you can eat


“One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize.” (Phillipians 3:13-14) 

The “Run Back to God 5K” is a Bible themed road race for elite runners and casual walkers alike.  Participants of all walks of life are encouraged to join us in this family oriented community event which couples a flat and quick 5K course with encouraging reminders of running’s analogous nature to life itself.  

"Most people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." - Steve Prefontaine (1972 Olympian)

Long distance events are a constant struggle between the mind, which insists on enduring discomfort to reach a goal, and the body, which insists on stopping the fatigue it must endure in the process.  Success on the course is dependent on the runners sacrifice of physical comfort in favor of voluntarily enduring self-inflicted fatigue to reach a distant prize.  The conflict is an inner struggle between the desire for physical comfort and the desire for victory, which only comes at the cost of comfort.  Runners in times past have displayed remarkable feats of athleticism despite overwhelming exhaustion when they persisted in their struggles to reach the goal/prize.

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

 The Bible constantly alludes to our spiritual life as an endurance run or course that we advance through, indicating the expectation of struggles along the journey.  Therefore, life requires overcoming hardships and enduring to the end to obtain a distant prize/goal.

“A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Unforeseen events constantly hinder life’s plans and goals.  The Bible also indicates a source of aid when all seems lost and hopeless on the course of life.

“Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air” (1 Corinthians 9:25-26)

 Just as a prize is awarded to those who endure the struggles of a race, so too, is a prize awarded to those who faithfully endure the struggles of the narrow path. 

(Meseret Defar moments after winning the 2012 Olympics 5K)


  • Register online for free and ask friends/family to sponsor you by pledging any amount of donation for you online.  A minimum total sponsorhip of $35 is required for participation on race day (this includes food/drinks afterwards).  Feel free to raise as much sponsors above the $35 minimum as the total goes towards donation.  Prize is awarded to whoever raises the most money.
  • Registrations are accepted on race day for $35
  • Participants receive bib numbers upon signing in at church on race day.  Afterwards, shuttle buses will drop participants off at the starting line located by Crystal Springs.  Participants will run/walk back to the finish line at church (See the Course Map below).
  • Automatic timing System will be used
  • Refreshment stations along the course for all runners/walkers
  • Award presentation and all you can eat BBQ at church afterwards. 
  • Free competition shirts to all participants (shirts on sale for non-participants)
  • Free Unlimited BBQ/drinks for participants ($10 for non participants -may be pre-ordered online)
  • Awards will be presented in the following categories:
    • Top 3 male and female finishers in the following age brackets: 
      • 11-15, 16-20
    • Top male and female finishers in the following age brackets:
      •  21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
    • Highest overall fund-raiser




Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Anonymous $250.00
2 Anonymous $200.00
3 Eman Thomas $150.00

Top Fundraisers


Mena Morgan

Raised: $271.00


Sherif Thomas

Raised: $150.00


Eman Thomas

Raised: $150.00

Event Schedule

  • September 12 7:15 AM EDT - Registration & Packet Pick-Up Opens

  • September 12 7:45 AM EDT - Shuttle Buses to Crystal Springs start

  • September 12 8:45 AM EDT - Riva Ave. and Church Ln. close down

  • September 12 9:00 AM EDT - 5K Starts

  • September 12 11:00 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony

Contact Information

Event Location

St Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, 433 Riva Ave, East Brunswick, NJ, United States

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