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A walk/run hosted by the high school class of 2017

A 5K road race with quotes and fun facts along the course, followed by a BBQ and prizes!

Registration fees

5K Closed

Race, shirt, and all you can eat BBQ ($20 for 21 and under)

  1. $35.00
    Mar 17 - Sep 16

BBQ Only Closed

All you can eat BBQ

  1. $10.00
    Mar 17 - Sep 16


“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.  

"That's the whole deal with running: How hard can you push yourself and how hard can you train?  I think that's a lot like our spiritual walk.  You have to continue to challenge yourself, and you can't expect it to come easily" - Ryan Hall (U.S Olympian / American half marathon record holder)

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-induced fatigue to reach a distant prize.  The conflict is an inner struggle between the desire for physical comfort and the desire for victory.  However, prior to embarking on the endurance race of life, we are called to cast off anything (with God's aid) which may hinder our progress along the course.

"let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and 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.

"Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me." (Micah 7:8)

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.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” (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 persist along the narrow path of life.  We are called to struggle in our spiritual lives just like runners who forget their exhaustion in a mad dash to the finish because their only objective is to attain victory.

"My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Succuss on the course is not dependent on our own strength, but reliance on God Himself.


"Earth is man's training ground, heaven his crown" -St.Ambrose

Join us in this journey of faith as we run back to God together!


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


  • Register and pay online (this includes food/drinks afterwards). Register before August 28th and get a free shirt.
  • Registrations are accepted on race day for $35. [Free shirt's are not gauranteed]
  • 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+




Event Schedule

  • September 17 7:15 AM EDT - Registration & Packet Pick-Up Opens

  • September 17 7:45 AM EDT - Shuttle Buses to Crystal Springs start

  • September 17 8:45 AM EDT - Riva Ave. and Church Ln. close down

  • September 17 9:00 AM EDT - 5K Starts

  • September 17 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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