They have taken the lesson of Matthew 25:35 to heart. Many of the parishioners at Kensington Church are helping the Hope Water Project bring clean water to the Pokot people in Kenya in a few different ways, and one of those ways is by running in the 2013 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon earlier today, in this cold October 20 morning.
“We decided in December that we were going to run it,” recalled Carol VanDoorne, a first-time marathon runner, #6247, who crossed the finish line a little over seven hours after leaving the start line. Vandoorne finished at almost the same time as Scott Seeburger, #6414, another Kensington congregant.
Almost everyone in Team Kensington was a first-time runner. “I'm not tired, just the pain of the joints,” said Hawk Halker, #5606. Despite this, Halker plans to run marathons in the future. “I will be better trained,” he said. The Team Kensington runners started training back in February.
“They deserve clean water,” said Steven Wright, #6169, of the Pokot people. “We have a goal of $1 million” towards building fresh water wells in Kenya, Wright explained. “I've raised $37,000,” he added. He is also a first-time marathon runner, and he finished in a little over four hours. “All the good runners were ahead of me,” he joked.
Team Kensington had a marathon after-party close to the finish line, but Wright preferred to go over to Eastern Market and join his brother-in-law Dave Rodriguez for the Lions tailgate. “This is my after-party,” Wright said. He predicted the Lions would beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27 to 21 (the final score was 27 to 24 but with the Bengals winning).
The Hope Water Project is already signing people up for the 2014 marathon. For more information on the Hope Water Project, visit their website.