You may have heard of the Color Run, the Dirty Dash, or the Tough Mudder, The Walt Disney World 5K, or the Chicago Hot Chocolate Run, but one stake in Raleigh North Carolina is embracing an innovative way to celebrate a temple dedication as youth celebrations and other activities have gone out of style since President Nelson assumed the reins. On September 2, members and friends in the Raleigh South Stake in North Carolina will embark on the Raleigh Temple 5k Run.
You’ve probably all seen the 26.2 and 13.1 stickers on the backs of people’s cars, announcing their running prowess. If I’m being perfectly honest, my car label would read 0.0. But this is one 5k in which I could see myself participating. Plus, it’s free and one of the few times we might be encourage to run on Church property!
In a press release for the event, President Ray Runyan, of the Raleigh South Stake stated:
“This run will be a fun activity leading up to the re-opening of the temple. We hope that many in the community will join us and that many more will come and see the temple during the open house.”
The course begins at Olive Chapel Elementary and winds its way through beautiful Raleigh and the Beaver Creek Greenway. The race then circles the temple and ultimately culminates at the Raleigh Temple gates.
Raleigh North Carolina Temple History
Originally dedicated in 1999 by President Gordon B. Hinkley, the temple closed for extensive renovations in January of 2018 and was one of a handful of smaller temples that required what amounted to a full rebuild because of weather damage. An open house will be held from September 21-28. It will then be dedicated on Sunday, October 13.
North Carolina is home to nearly 88,000 members across 17 Stakes, 166 wards and branches, and 2 missions. The saints there are surely excited to have the only temple in the state up and running again. During the renovation, members needed to travel to the Columbia South Carolina Temple or the Washington D.C. Temple to participate in ordinance work for themselves or their ancestors.
So what are you waiting for? Lace up those shoes, stretch out the ol’ hammies, and hit the course with your family in what is sure to be a fun event.