Dream Racers

The starting and finish line

*Update* Congratulations to Mat Diehl! You won a copy of The Cause Within You. Thanks to everyone for participating!

This past Saturday, several Tyndale employees ran in the Humboldt Dream Run 5k/10k for the Chicago Dream Center. Last fall, we sent a team of employees to the Dream Center in Los Angeles for a week-long missions trip. When this opportunity to support our local Dream Center came up, many employees were up for the challenge.

“It had been a while since I had run a race,” said Josh Force, web development manager. “This was a good opportunity to partner with the Chicago Dream Center. I have heard so much about the LA Dream Center and the experiences that other Tyndale employees had there. It seemed like a good organization to support.”

Race participants could send their race fee to a designated cause such as: hunger, homelessness, abuse and addiction, human trafficking, prison and re-entry, at-risk youth and education, and community beautification. Chicago Dream Center staff members are working in all these areas so we know our funds are going directly to help the people of our city.

I (Christy) ran the race too. It was pretty chilly for the middle of May (temps in the 30s or 40s), but everyone seemed to have a great time regardless. I chose to donate my race fee to human trafficking because I think that’s such a horrible thing that’s happening not only in other countries, but in the United States as well. One of my friends from church also ran the race too and she donated to abuse and addiction because one of her friends is addicted to drugs. I’m sure she’s not the only one who donated to a particular cause because of a personal connection.

The race was fairly small–there were probably about 200 people there–but everyone was so motivating and encouraging. The race organizers even wrote motivating messages on the ground all along the course.

Sidewalk encouragement

“One volunteer who was taking pictures told us that the Dream Center helped deliver her from a life of addiction,”Anisa Baker, editorial services admin coordinator, said. “She is a new woman full of so much life and love for God, and she is using her gifts in tangible ways for God’s Kingdom. It was awesome to see Dream Center volunteers from different backgrounds and ethnicities come together under the banner of Christ to make this event happen and to encourage everyone who participated.”

Although I (Christy again) have done some bigger races like the Shamrock Shuffle and soon the Soldier Field 10 Miler, I enjoy doing these little races like the Dream Run because the purpose is not just to run or to compete, but to support God’s work and those who are a part of it. In addition to Josh, Anisa, and me, Matthew Wolf also ran the race. Several other employees planned to go and signed up but weren’t able to make it, but they still made a difference with their donations.

On a personal note, this race was a rewarding one for me also because I ran a new personal 5k record! 🙂

After running my new PR!

To continue supporting the Dream Center, we’ll give away one copy of The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett, the founder of the Dream Center. To be eligible to win, leave a comment letting us know which cause you would have donated your race fee to and why. The winner will be chosen at 4:00 p.m. CST via Random.org.

Christy Stroud

Christy Stroud

Christy is a publicist at Tyndale, working to get the best media coverage possible for our authors and products. She has worked on many campaigns including the New York Times bestseller "Winning Balance" by Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible? DVD series, "The Devil in Pew Number Seven" by Rebecca Alonzo, "Night of the Living Dead Christian" by Matt Mikalatos, the "Courageous" novelization by Randy Alcorn, and "Cupidity" and "Unstuff" by Michael and Hayley DiMarco. Christy enjoys being a wife, mom, and pug owner. You can often find her reading, running, training for triathlons, doing youth ministry, and occasionally horseback riding. She also blogs at http://www.christystroud.com.