Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Race Results for Nashville's Run for Mercy 5K!

Nashville residents joined their supporters as team “Nashville Mercy Girls” at the starting line Saturday morning to help raise support and awareness for Mercy Ministries. This year’s Run for Mercy 5K and Family Walk at Edward Warner Park in Nashville had an exciting 436 participants and $29,000 was raised to support the work of Mercy Ministries.

Taylor Walthall, this year’s top female finisher had this to say about race day:

“It was exciting to have finished first, but the real excitement was seeing how many people turned out to support Mercy. I loved hearing the testimonies of God’s hand at work transforming lives."

Click Here for the race day results!

Monday, October 19, 2009

St. Louis and California Run for Mercy Race Results

St. Louis, MO:

250 runners/walkers raised $24,000 at Run for Mercy in St. Louis this past Saturday! We prayed for months that it would not rain - in years past, it has been very hot - so we didn't pray about the temperature. Funny thing is, it was in the mid 30's when the volunteers arrived to set up at 6 a.m. in the dark, cold, foggy morning. No rain, though! It was a gorgeous day. Chilly, but real runners like that kind of weather!

A big thanks to Jamey Bridges for being the emcee for this event and to Einstein Bagels, Starbucks and Stratton's Cafe' for donating a yummy breakfast! We are especially thankful to all our Team Mercy participants and our committee members and family who worked for hours to get everything set up!

We would also like to thank Anna Stegmann for volunteering to photograph the 5K. She had this to say about Saturday's events.

“It's incredible to watch the passion that is poured out by this community for these hurting young women. As a young woman, I could have benefited from a Mercy home in my community. It's clear to me that the Lord has placed an incredible opportunity before these girls."

Here's the lowdown on Saturday's race results:

Hall Gene 803 20.18
Lam Ben 888 21.09
Bergin Sparkle 824 21.22
Zlatarich mike 884 22.03
Barker Cole 812 24.1
Fogt Austin 813 24.1
Ockerhausen Shannon 854 25.32
Herron Brande 814 26.1
Andrew Ray 835 26.49
Stephens Sarah 846 26.55
Brewer Chris 810 27
Cross Jenny 804 27.07
Cash Whitney 820 27.07
Blonsky Sarah 885 27.17
Neirtnck Tom 822 27.29
Cressey Danny 881 27.35
Clifton Richard 861 27.36
Reynolds Daniel 863 27.37
Nowotny Nicole 853 27.58
Bartlesmeyer Helen 872 28
Kamps Matthew 891 28.05
Kamps Eugene 892 28.05
Wilson Bethany 818 28.58
Braun Sarah 840 29.12
Brugere Julie 811 29.17
Braun Samuel 839 29.29
Braun Justin 838 29.29
Kraft Felice 838 29.35
Stipanovich Terri 852 29.35
Heiges Paula 874 29.56
Brunner Naomi 878 29.56
Prim Amy 819 30
Lay Doug 823 30.19
Robinson Brianna 877 31
Lam Tony 887 31
Hayden Andrea 833 31.31
Leu Gina 837 31.31
Heiges William 875 31.55
Thies Andrea 868 32.15
Florian Robyn 871 32.15
Niere Kathryn 826 33.07
Scharlotte Audrey 821 33.07
Moeller Abby 880 33.07
Wood Darlene 830 34.18
Kloeppel Michelle 836 34.48
Picou Jana 889 35.01
Onishile Morna 858 35.58
Otz Jes 817 36.08
Hutchins Walt 845 38.05
Markham Ally 847 38.05
Grinder Jen 865 38.05
Sassenrath Kaye 825 40.25
Opoku Harriet 859 41.24

* Due to unforeseen complications as a result of high numbers of registered runners, we are only able to report a portion of the participants times. We are committed to full reporting in years to come. Thank you for your support of Run for Mercy.

Lincoln, CA:

Altogether the 350 runners and walkers who came to support the Lincoln Mercy Ministries home on Saturday raised $20,000! We were excited that Mercy Ministries graduate, Lauren, shared her testimony with the crowd after the race and everyone got to tour our brand new West Coast home!

One Team Mercy runner, Ryan Wallace, said, "It was really fun to be out there running for such a great cause like Mercy Ministries. I was excited to come in 8th place this year and even more excited to see that there are girls living here in the CA home now!

Here are the final results from Saturday's Run for Mercy:

Garcia Art 19'44
Lemoin Myles 21'35
Silva Rylie 22'24
Aspenlind Sean 22'29
Harper Michael 22'31
Harper David 22'34
Schafer Josh 22'48
Wallace Ryan 23'28
Rau Tim 23'33
Terrell Trace 23'37
Lester Ben 23'47
Stephenson Skyler 24'09
Hughes Jonathan 24'21
Ewing Phillip 24'53
Bryan Noelle 25'12
Harris Laura 25'26
Saathoff Eric 25'26
Campbell Ken 25'48
Briggs Matt 25'51
Ryan Mark 25'51
Maymi Tiffany 26'04
Eastman Mallory 26'06
Duxbury Darren 26'08
Drumm Margie 26'12
Frye Chelsea 26'25
Erickson Bill 26'30
Gnile Scott 26'32
Frost Tim 26'36
Kithcart Ashley 26'50
Mitchell Danny 26'57
Simmons Eric 27'01
Duxbury Jenny 27'24
Bickford Ron 27'34
Abina Jordan 27'45
Babasin Melissa 28'01
Clark Felicity 28'04
Faucette Georgianne 28'18
Pellant Jen 28'20
Moynagh Tammy 28'21
McCrae Kelsey 28'36
O' Boyle Samantha 28'41
Miller Chelsey 29'00
Todhunter Sam 29'05
Duncan Hannah 29'18
O'Boyle Sean 29'25
Murrow Stephanie 29'28
Pauls Faith 29'29
Cunningham Anna 29'30
Dewitt Lauren 29'31
Fraze Wendy 29'41
White Rachel 29'56

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Way to go all you Runners!!!
A message from Nancy Alcorn

I just wanted to give a special shout out to all the runners that participated in the Run for Mercy 5K fundraisers that took place in St. Louis, Missouri and Lincoln, California (the location of our new home just outside of Sacramento). We had such a great turnout, and everyone had so much fun!!! I wanted to thank not only our runners, but also the many volunteers and staff that worked tirelessly to make these events successful. You can tell by these pictures what a great time everyone had.

St. Louis Run for Mercy

We had 250 runners join us to raise money for Mercy in St. Louis and they raised approximately $26,000! We also had 350 runners in Lincoln and they raised $20,000 for Mercy! I thought you’d like to see some of the pictures from both of these events.

California Run for Mercy

We are actually getting ready to do a similar event in the Nashville area. If you want to participate in the Run for Mercy 5K on Saturday, October 24th or to participate in a city near you, check out www.runformercy.org for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 2, 2009

'Run for Mercy' exceeds goals

Event funds home that helps girls

By Harriet Vaughan • THE TENNESSEAN • October 2, 2009

FRANKLIN — The countdown has begun for Mercy Ministries inaugural Run for Mercy fundraising race.

Planners hope that the first-time event will raise big money for the faith-based Brentwood home that helps girls escaping drug addictions, abuse, low self esteem, self harming, eating disorders, depression and more.

The race will start at 9:00 a.m. Oct. 24 at Edwin Warner Park.

Planning for the race has been several months in the works. Organizers had hoped to attract 200 runners. Three weeks out they already have 220 people registered with more coming in. They also have passed the original fundraising goal, bringing in $15,000 so far.

One of the teams registered is of a group of girls who live at the Mercy home.

"It really shows how much of an impact Mercy has made on them, that they would make that choice," said Whitney Nall, community relations manager.

"They started in September working out and training for this. They're working with the fitness manager each week on this goal. It's been a neat way for them to just encourage each other and work together and celebrate the journey they've been on here at Mercy. And they're giving back to Mercy so that funds can keep coming in and so others can receive the help that they have."

The event will offer something for the entire family, including the youngest runners. There will be a Kids Carnival zone featuring face painting, free smoothies, Chik-fil-A, three-legged races and more.

"Most of our events in the past have been for adults. This is one of our first major family-friendly events. We're excited that kids of all ages can come out and do something fun and healthy in the fall," said Nall.

It's all for a good cause, according to Nall. The home has helped hundreds of girls over the years come out of addictions, overcome abuse and learn to love themselves through a faith-based approach.

To learn more and to register, visit www.runformercy.org/nashville or call 615-831-6987.

Contact Harriet Vaughan at 615-771-5415 or hvaughan@tennessean.com.