By Sharon Stilljoshuacordlogo

Hit the pavement for a good cause at the Third Annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run 5K. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa.

More than 150 participated in last year’s event and organizers are hoping to exceed that number this year. Families, children, serious runners, supporters and cheerleaders are encouraged to attend. There will be a separate start at 8:10 a.m. for walkers and strollers. Spirit FM (90.5 FM) will be onsite to promote the festivities.

Joshuacord’s mission is to help those that are persecuted for their Christian faith, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Proceeds for the 5K are going to families and children who are homeless living in refugee camps in in the Middle East.Print

Joshuacord Founder Patrick Carberry, through his military experience and work with the government, witnessed first-hand the lack of religious freedom due to Islamic extremism and put together Joshuacord to raise awareness.

“Many things have happened since our second run last year,” he explained. “As most of you have seen, there is more media attention on the urgent issue of Christians being persecuted in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Africa.”

He added that the goal is to get the community engaged, raise awareness and provide hope, prayers, financial and material aid to the Christians in those countries.

At the run, organizers will be collecting baby blankets, gloves, mittens and hats to ship to moms and families in refugee camps.

The 5K Freedom Run is made possible through sponsors, the support of local churches and pastors and all those who take part on race day.

“We are so appreciative for your prayers, time and support,” commented Carberry.

Registration is $25 before the race and $30 on race day. To register, visit active.com, www.joshuacord.org or check out Third Annual Joshua 1:9 Run/Walk/Virtual on Facebook at /joshuacord1.9.

This is a great opportunity for the Tampa community to come together and impact a crisis occurring to Christians in the Middle East.

Joshuacord is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located at 3433 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. For further details, visit www.joshuacord.org or call 202-643-8588.