Entrants Sought for Chicago Marathon Fund-Raising

CHICAGO, IL (February 8, 2011) – Naperville Covenant Church Pastor Scot Gillan is looking for Covenanters from around the country to join him in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, one of the sport’s premier events.

Gillan will run the race for the third time on October 9 to benefit RISE International ministry, which builds schools in rural Angola. He was joined last year (accompanying photo) by his daughter and her husband, Kelly and Greg Johnston. His son, Lucas, ran the Chicago half-marathon for the same cause. Peter Sung, the denomination’s director of church planting, already has registered for the 26.2-mile race to benefit the same organization.

Running marathons has become a way for people to raise money to support various causes. Several Covenanters have traveled to Boston for its world-famous race to help a local church send students to camp. North Park University and Theological Seminary faculty members Boaz Johnson and Jim Bruckner have run for Break the Chains, the Covenant’s anti-human trafficking initiative.

Running the same course in 2008 for Break the Chains was Barbara Goode, then 70 years old, a member of North Park Covenant Church. She was proud to say she finished 29,531st out of 31,401 entrants.

Registration is $145 for this year’s marathon and will be closed when the limit of 45,000 entrants is reached. For more information, email Gillan.

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