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Marion Senior Living Community receives funds
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · January 4th, 2018

The Marion Senior Living Community, located east of Highway 13 in Marion, received a gift of $6,000 recently from Christ Community United Methodist Church. The funding was raised last fall at the church's annual 5K fRun held on October 8, 2017.

Christ Community UM Church is one of the 12 original charter churches that helped start Marion Senior Living. It also pledged funding each year. However, church members wanted to do even more, realizing the current buildings were aging, needs were getting greater and rent was increasing.

A meeting was held in late spring 2014 to come up with ideas for raising more money to help. Christ Community has some avid runners, and they suggested a race. The group charted out a course that would begin and end at the church, and they began lining up sponsors.

Since that time, the race has grown to a full-blown annual event. It is held in early October and always on a Sunday afternoon. The actual date depends on when other races are held, as the church planners don't want to conflict with them.

It takes 32 volunteers to handle everything: parking, race route, water station, registration table, and various other responsibilities, to be sure the racers (the guests) have a great experience.

Timing chips are fastened to runners' shoes so results are accurate to the second.

In addition to the official 5K race, there is a one-mile fun walk for those who just want to participate and get some exercise. This is perfect for young children and those with health issues that might prevent them from completing a 5K. According to Dick Grimm, a member of the committee and president of the Senior Living Community Board of Directors, people of all ages, from young mothers with strollers to people in their 80s, have taken part in the race activities.

 There are first and second-place medals in seven different age groups. In addition, a prize is awarded for overall men's and women's 5K race winners. Door prizes also go to all participants.

Grimm noted that over the years, some people have always been steadfast in helping and contributing. The organizers are extremely pleased because they have been able to raise four times the amount of money they pledged as a congregation four years ago.

Grimm added, "We are equally excited to see our congregation embrace this ministry opportunity year in and year out, from volunteering to promoting and/or to participating in the race itself."

Plans for the next event are underway. Do you want to help the Marion Senior Living Community and Christ Community UM Church by being part of the 2018 Annual Race? Here's how to do it:

Anyone interested can sign up to race in the 5K or just to walk, or you can do either of those and also get a specially designed t-shirt.

If you want to be a sponsor, you can contact Christ Community Church at 319-373-1955 to donate. Sponsors who donate over $100 get their names on the race t-shirts for that year and also on a banner that is carried in the Marion Swamp Fox Parade for two years to help promote your community involvement and your support of seniors with low to moderate incomes.

Churches which have provided monetary and other support for the Senior Living Community are

the following:

Ascension Lutheran Church

Christ Community UM Church

Faith Lutheran Church

First Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Church

First UM Church

Living Water UM Church

Marion Christian Church

Prairie Chapel UM Church

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
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