The Virtual Run to Bethlehem

According to google maps, the journey along the Jordan River from Nazareth to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is 166 kilometers, or 103.2 miles.

According to google maps, the journey along the Jordan River from Nazareth to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is 166 kilometers, or 103.2 miles.

This Advent, I am going to run to Bethlehem, but I need your help.  As a way to encourage people to Live Well, I’ve started a new virtual running event.  From November 28 until December 25, I want to run the virtual journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  According to Google Maps, this is a 106 mile journey.  For me to run the 106 miles, I would have to average four miles a day.  While not impossible, it is an impractical goal.  So I’m enlisting help.

My Pulpit Fiction co-host and best friend Eric Fistler and I are going to do this together.  We are asking all of the Fat Pastor readers and Pulpit Fiction listeners to do the same.  If we can get a few people to do it with us, the 106 mile journey will be a lot easier.  In fact, I figure if there are ten people running, we might be able to make the return trip too.

If you want to participate in the Run to Bethlehem, just submit your time and distance on this google form.  We’ll compile the information and post our progress as we go along.  We’ll start tracking on Thanksgiving Day, and we’ll go until Christmas (maybe Epiphany)

If you’re on twitter, use the hashtag #AdventRun to post pictures or tag routes if you use something like Map My Run.

Also, don’t forget to use #BeChristInChristmas to share ways that you, your family, or your church is trying to be Christ in the life of your neighbors.

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7 responses to “The Virtual Run to Bethlehem

  1. Pingback: 11 ways to #BeChristInChristmas | The Fat Pastor

  2. Crystal Baker

    This is a wonderful idea, I’m in!

  3. interesting that in Portugal you can run both to Nazareth and to Bethlehem, as there are places with the same names 😛

  4. Ok, but I’m going to need to Walk to Bethlehem. I really, really, really hate running.

  5. Elizabeth

    I am not a runner but I would love to join you on my bike to nowhere. I will do 3 miles for every 1 mile run! Or I can walk on my treadmill too.

  6. We’ll take walking miles too. Just fill out the online form for every walk, and I’ll compile your stats.

  7. sarah

    This is an awesome idea! Are you starting this tomorrow? If you are not I may have some friends join me and do this on our own. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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