In 2013, we had our first Advent Run/Walk to Bethlehem. As a way to promote living well in the midst of a season that is notoriously difficult on healthy habits, we went on a run together. The goal was to honor the journey of Mary and Joseph by running the 103 miles it takes to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem. We promoted the run through this blog and at The Pulpit Fiction Podcast. We asked people to log in their runs and walks online, and shared updated results a few times between Thanksgiving and Epiphany. The results were phenomenal. Even though I bowed out early because of a terrible chest cold, the 2013 Advent Run had 23 different people log 67 different runs for a total of 255 miles. The runs took place in 14 different states and London, England. Our longest runner was Jessica, who ran 30 miles. My Pulpit Fiction partner Eric ran 6 times for just over a marathon (27.2 miles). We reached our goal of 103 miles in just two weeks, so we created a challenge goal. We decided to honor the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt (as told in the Gospel of Matthew) and go 333 miles. We didn’t make that goal, but I think that is a good goal for 2014. Here’s how to participate: Follow this link, and then book mark it. This year we added a “Group” option. If you are a part of a church, club, or class that wants to participate in the #AdventRun, then tell people to enter their group name. We’ll compile individual, group, and total miles. You won’t be able to register a run/walk until Thanksgiving – November 27. We’ll keep it open until Epiphany – January 6. Follow The Fat Pastor on Facebook
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Here are the final results of the First Annual Fat Pastor/Pulpit Fiction Virtual Run to Bethlehem. The results were originally announced on the Pulpit Fiction podcast. Here are the final entries, from Thanksgiving Day until Epiphany. Our orginal goal was to compile 107 miles, which is the distance between Nazareth and Bethlehem. We reached that goal in about two weeks, so we extended a challenge goal. We decided to go, as the Holy Family did in the Gospel of Matthew, all the way to Egypt. We decided that 333 miles would be our second goal. Since we extended the distance, we also extended the time frame to include Epiphany. As a group, we completed 255 miles. This was enough to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem and back, but not enough to escape Herod.
23 different people made a total of 67 entries in our Advent Run. There were entries from 14 different states plus London, England.
I was barely able to participate. I ran in a 5-mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. The next day I had a 103 fever, and wasn’t well until January.
I’ve gotten back into running now, but I’m hoping next year I’ll be able to participate more fully in our Advent Run.