The Rev. Carolyn Hetrick wore a T-shirt saying “God’s work Our hands,” but she told runners at the staring line that their feet were doing the work on Friday night.
Runners and walkers covered a 4-kilometer course through a cemetery and farm fields behind Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Conyngham, where she is pastor.
The church organized the race to celebrate its 200th anniversary and to help the Valley Food Pantry.
So instead of paying entry fees, runners brought cans of food for the pantry. Their deliveries filled a table. Although no one was asked for money, runners and spectators donated $450 for the pantry, too.
After finishing the race on the evening of July 20, top finishers in age groups took home wooden replicas of the church as trophies.But none of the runners and walkers who helped stock up the food pantry went hungry either.They gathered for a buffet with hot beef sandwiches, fruit, cake and scoops of Italian ice.