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Race for Rwanda

  • Church of the Holy Spirit 6033 Merriman Road Roanoke, VA, 24018 United States (map)


CHS 2nd 0.5K

Gentle Shepherd Hospice/Skolrood Law Firm



The purpose for this year’s 0.5k race (aka 1640 ft, 656 steps, 500 meters) is not only to have a blast (which you will!), but more importantly to build a school in Shara, Rwanda. Shara is an extremely impoverished peninsula surrounded by Lake Kivu. It is one of the poorest areas in all of Rwanda. Without an education, the vicious cycle of poverty will only continue for the children who live there. CHS and Orchard Hills Church partnered with our Anglican Rwandan friends to help build the Nkombo Island School in 2016 and mostly due to the generosity of our own CHS members we were able to complete another school in Bugumira (at the far end of the island) which was dedicated in January of this year. We have been blessed to see how these schools have changed the spirit of these communities, giving them hope for a better future. This race will help us bring that same hope to the people in Shara!

Early-Bird Registration is $15/individual and $40/family through July 31st. Beginning August 1st, registration will be $18/individual and $45/family.

CLICK HERE to register!


Medals for the top three winners in each gender for each age group:

  • 5 and under

  • 6-10

  • 11-14

  • 15-18

  • 19 -39

  • 40+

Additional Races:

  • Life Group Relay Race

  • Walkers, Strollers and Dogs

Fun Warm-Ups/Stretches led by our own Bubbly Julie Wright and “a Surprise Guest”

DJ David Woodson providing fun music throughout

Photo booth (because you need more pics for your social media to show you are willing to sweat it out for a great cause and because you are a socially conscious athlete)

Prize for Life Group Relay Race COSTUME CONTEST (Get a team ready with the craziest costume – pajamas, retro, sunglasses, boots – you decide!)

Life Group Champions Cup for Winners of Relay Race – to be cherished and well taken care of until next year’s race

Refreshment Stop halfway through where water and donuts will be available to help refue

Chicken and Hot Dog Dinners

Popcorn and Cotton Candy

Cornhole and Other Games

Face Painting for the kiddos

HOW CAN I HELP? (We were hoping you would ask!!)

  1. BE A SPONSOR!! – We need businesses to sponsor our race. This is the primary way we raise our funds (contact Kim Motley at

  2. Spread the word: Tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about the race and share on social media!

  3. Ask family and friends to sponsor your run/walk to help us make an even bigger impact.

  4. Volunteer the weekend of the Race and Race Day (contact Kim Motley)

  5. Not able to participate? No problem. You can still make a donation on the registration page.

  6. Volunteer to help find face painters.

Earlier Event: September 8
Fiesta Fundraiser!
Later Event: September 22
Membership Class