It was a cool and blustery morning  for the runners of Wellspring Living’s 5K this past Saturday. Over 500 runners registered and thousands of dollars were raised for the rehabilitation and restoration of women who have been sexually trafficked in Georgia. The morning started early on the course for the staffers and volunteers meeting to finish the final touches of race preparation.

   

Among our amazing runners, we had some incredible sponsors to make this event happen. Our major sponsors were Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare and Terri Crabtree of Prudential Realty. We also had several businesses donate to our stash of magnificent prizes.

Long-time volunteer Lynn Fairley marked out the course starting at The Bridge Community Center. The course was full of eye candy. From the cascading shadows from the tall oak trees to the still waters of the Peachtree Lake, nature provided plenty for the runners to look at and get their mind off the side stitch.

We wanted to give this race a different feel than your average 5K. We really wanted to educate our runners on the cause they were running for. Hopping on a golf cart at the sunrise hour of 7 a.m., Wellspring Living Project Manager Dana Konick and I set off to give a few unique touches to the route. Sidewalk chalk in hand, we traced out statistics along the trail for the runners to read as they jogged through the path. We started with the grim details, and then by mile one, we posted signage that the Wellspring League members crafted for the race. The signs included statistics along with a true story about the transformation of a girl in our program, with an intentional message of HOPE.

Wellspring Living loves to foster a sense of community, which is one of the reasons we decided to promote teams this year. A local Peachtree City team, Team Lizard Thicket, was proudly representing their clothing boutique. (Lizard Thicket is located off of Peachtree Parkway in the Target parking lot) Not only do these ladies have a passion for fashion, they have a passion to stop injustice!

Cindy Simmons from The Cindy & Ray Show on Star 94 came out and ran the race to show her support of Wellspring Living and Andy Brophy’s Love Gives Way campaign. Andy has created a specific wedding photography package where a percentage of the profits go directly to restoring a girl at Wellspring Living. Cindy is the first bride to participate in Andy’s campaign to help end human trafficking!

Overall, the race was an extreme success. The sunshine, icy breeze, and warm smiles of all the participants made for an exciting day to ‘do our part’ in the fight to end human trafficking. Congratulations to everyone who finished the race, and became a part of stopping this injustice! You each made a tangible difference!

 

**Photos by Hunter Smith at Shatter Proof Designs

 

 

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