aymcIt’s time again! Our 7th annual C. Dan Joyner Mission Backpack 5K race and walk is February 18 at 9:00am. We’ll gather downstairs at the AYMC before heading out to the recreation fields and Swamp Rabbit Trail. You don’t run or walk 3.1 miles? There’s a place for everyone at the race. How about the one mile walk?

You’ll have children with you or your pets? That’s okay. There’s a fun run for the children and leashed pets and strollers are always welcome.

Still a no go? You can always come and eat breakfast provided by Waffle House and visit with your friends. We’ve covered all of the bases.

We always have a great time and raise lots of money for our own Mission Backpack efforts with Duncan Chapel Elementary. It takes $270 a year to feed a child on the weekends. We currently provide bags for 45 children, so that’s about $12,000 a year in food costs for these children.

Please go to localraces.com or the church website today and register to run or walk. Jim Dant has issued his challenge again this year and will pay $1.00 for every person that crosses the finish line before him. Don’t worry, we have ways of making him come in last. Breakfast-only participants do not need reservations.

If you find you can’t make it on February 18, please consider making a donation to help our efforts. Those 45 children are counting on First Baptist Greenville.

— Mittie