Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crosswhite, FCA team up for 5K

Everyone is invited to run Sept. 14

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Crosswhite Fitness are teaming up to host a 5K on Liberty’s campus Sept. 14.

Crosswhite Fitness is run by Ben Crosswhite, a graduate of Liberty University, and he is intent on spreading the gospel through the rigors of exercise.

“I believe you should be fit on the outside and in, using your one body as a vessel to do God’s work,” Crosswhite said on his website, crosswhitefitness.com.
The other half of this team is FCA, an organization that uses athletics to reach the world for Christ.

“FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ,” according to virginiafca.org.

According to Jocelyn Miller, administrative assistant of Virginia FCA, the race will begin at Williams Stadium at 8 a.m. The race will also end at the stadium and will be followed by an awards ceremony.

“Everyone is welcome to come,” Miller said. “The family can come and cheer for everyone.”

According to raceit.com, the website through which runners can register, awards will be given to the top three overall male and female competitors and the top three competitors in each age group.

Those who wish to enter the race can register at raceit.com or on the morning of the race, starting at 7 a.m. For those who register early, race packets can be picked up at Riverside Runners at 2480 Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg from 12-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

Crosswhite and FCA are also holding an Instagram contest on race day. In order to enter, those who wish to participate should follow cswvirginia or crosswhitefitness on Instagram. Participants should take a creative picture of their running shoes, and when posting it, label the picture with #crosswhitefitness. The winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift certificate to Riverside Runners, a shoe store that specializes in custom athletic footwear.

According to Miller, following the race at 10 a.m., Crosswhite Fitness will be hosting a grand opening for their new facilities, located near Sports Racket, just off Wiggington Road. There will be music, food, vendors, games and a giveaway, as well as special guests Bobby Bowden, former head football coach of the Florida State University Seminoles, and eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney.

All proceeds of the race will go to Virginia FCA. The entry fee is $15 for students with an ID and $20 for adults before Sept. 11 and $25 after. For more information, visit crosswhitefitness.com.

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