For the fourth consecutive year, the Office of Residence Life hosted the RezLife 5k. This 3.1 mile walk/jog was established by a group of students who wanted to raise money for organizations working to spread the Gospel and heed the Great Commission. Each year Resident Advisors select three organizations: one on-campus, one local, and one international organization.
“This is an important event because it unites members of the community with alumni, faculty, staff, and students together to do a fun activity, and it also connects the organizations with the APU community,” said Laura Bruce, Adams Resident Director. “I think these organizations remind us of what God is doing at APU, and also on a local and global level. It's great to see people raise money so that these organizations can have a greater impact for the kingdom of God, and it's fulfilling to be able to partner with their mission in this way.”
This year’s on-campus organizations were two Mexico Outreach teams, Team Luke and Team Steven. Team Luke provides medical services in Mexicali during Easter vacation, and Team Steven partners with Mexicali churches and the community to help share the Gospel through community service.
Locally the race supported the Jonah Project, on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, which works to build relationships with some of the more than 10,000 homeless living on the streets of Los Angeles. They hope “to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, setting at liberty those who are oppressed.”
The final organization funded was Stop the Traffik. Stop the Traffik aims to put an end to the sale of people, protect those who are trafficked, and prosecute the traffickers. It educates people about human trafficking, advocate for those being trafficked by creating an awareness and environment where it is harder to traffick, hide, and exploit people, and raises funds to support anti-trafficking around the world.
The run began at 10 a.m. on Trinity Lawn. The runners ran three figure eight loops around East Campus, ending at the starting line with dozens of friends cheering them on. Prizes were given to the fastest male, Anthony Lacambra ’13 with a time of 15:19, and fastest female, Stephanie Louden ’11 with a time of about 19 minutes, along with Christopher Ernst, who raised the most money.
The day also included a free barbeque for the participants and live music by Beggar and the Pen. At the end of the day, $3,000 was raised, with $1,000 allocated to each nonprofit to continue the work they are doing locally and abroad.