Oct 25, 2019 | Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia |
More than 400 Seventh-day Adventists and friends recently ran across parts of the coastal city of Santa Marta in North Colombia, during the annual race to promote healthy living under the church’s “Let’s Move to Live” and “I Want to Live Healthy” initiatives.
Adventist delegations and friends from cities across the coastal region gathered early on Sunday, Oct. 6, to do warm up exercises, promote health and invited onlookers to join the six-kilometer race. This is the third event by the church in the Colombia Atlantic conference region.
“Our objective here was to promote a healthy lifestyle with a sporting event and create an interest in sports for children, youth and adults,” said Joel Revollo, director of health ministries for the Atlantic Coast Conference and main organizer of the event. “We wanted to allow for a family day with different church delegations and their friends across the Atlantic conference.”
Coined as “Ocean Olympics”, the race was also an opportunity to share the love of God through books on health and hope, and the distribution of hundreds of magazines on breast cancer prevention.
Awards were distributed for winners in the children, youth, adults, senior and recreation categories.
Kevin Pájaro, one of the winners in the youth category, was among the group of 40 who were invited by church members to take part in the race. It was the first time that Pájaro joined a church activity.