FARMINGTON — Families at the Farmington First Assembly of God struggle each year with the costs of attending Christian summer camp.
Eldon Lee, a churchgoer, said fees for the camp range from $150 to $180 per child, which can be difficult for families with multiple children.
When the church brainstormed fundraiser ideas to send these children to camp, Lee suggested a 5K fun run and walk, and church officials ran with the idea.
The first-ever Run with Your Pastors Fun Run 5K will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington First Assembly of God Church, located at the corner of Dustin Avenue and Piñon Hills Boulevard.
Lee and other members of the church reached out to pastors at other churches, bringing a collaborative spirit to the event.
"A lot of time the churches don't get the opportunity to come together and just do something fun," he said.
Still, Lee said this year's event may not be as large as he planned because of a scheduling conflict. The Grace Place Pregnancy Center is also hosting a 2-mile walk on Saturday at Berg Park, and many Christian groups are participating in that event.
Wendy Curtin, a spokeswoman for the center, said at least 25 churches will be represented by more than 275 registered walkers. The walk is free, but walkers are asked to get sponsors. Participants with more than $250 in sponsorships will receive a T-shirt. Proceeds go to support the center.
Both First Assembly of God's and The Grace Place's walks are new this year, and the two organizations plan to continue their events next year. Lee said now that the church is aware of The Grace Place's event, the church will schedule their walk on a different weekend.
Lee hopes about 20 churches will be involved in the fun run/walk. Entry fees are $10, and proceeds leftover from helping kids pay for summer camp will benefit other youth activities at the church.
Lee said the run/walk will offer prizes, though the event is not competitive. Some of the prizes include best costume, best dressed team and best dog costume.
"We're trying to do stuff that's fun, rather than having a competitive event," Lee said.
Lee, who participates in 5Ks around the city, said many people wish they could run with their dogs. While he doesn't plan to run in Saturday's event, Lee said his dog will be at the event with him.
The run/walk course traverses the Glade Run Recreation Area, rather than area highways, and there is a shortcut for people who don't want to complete the entire 5K. Lee said the shortcut creates a course that's about 1.5 miles long.
He said both walkers and runners are welcome to participate in Saturday's event.
"We just want everybody to feel free to be involved," he said.