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FBC AmazinGrace 5K supports Providence Medical Clinic

Serina Marshall • May 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM

For the past 11 years, First Baptist Church has been raising money to donate to Providence Medical Clinic by running a race through downtown Kingsport. It originally started as a family event to bring church families and families in the community together. To the surprise of some, the first race raised $3,400. At the same time, Providence Medical Clinic was preparing to open. The church decided to donate the earnings from the race to the new facility and a truly amazing race was born.

To date, the FBC AmazinGrace 5K has raised over $120,000 through sponsorships, donations and registrations. It is the only fundraiser for the clinic, and according to Allison Jones of FBC, “helps get the word out for the clinic. By doing the race year after year, people begin to recognize the name and how the clinic can help those in need.”

This year, the 11th Annual AmazinGrace 5K and One Mile Run will be held Sunday, May 5.

The course for the AmazinGrace starts in downtown Kingsport on Sullivan Street, follows Main Street to Shelby Street to Market Street and ends on Clay Street in front of Providence Medical Clinic. “The course is flat and fast!” says Jones, who has been a part of the AmazinGrace 5K since the beginning.

The cost for being a part of the race varies. The cost is $20 for the mile, $25 for the 5K and $40 for both. If you are looking to register, you can visit the website at fbcamazingrace5k.com. You can register online or print a form to mail in.

“It is for any age. And you don’t have to run, you can walk” explains Jones. “We have even had wheelchair participants in the past. Anyone who wants to can be a part of the 5K.”

In addition to the race itself, there are also other activities happening around the race such as inflatables, face painting, corn hole, and Shiver Shack. All activities are free, with the exception of Shiver Shack which donates its proceeds to the clinic as well.

The importance of the AmazinGrace 5K is something Jones recognizes.

“Anytime you can give back to the community and help others, it’s a wonderful thing. Our church motto is ‘Loving God. Loving People. Changing lives,’ and that is exactly what the race and clinic are doing together,” Jones said.

If you are interested in participating in the AmazinGrace 5K, please visit the website at fbcamazingrace5k.com. Or you can just come out on the day of the event (May 5) and be a part of the festivities. Either way, you will be surrounded by neighbors and community.