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Racing to spread the Word

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Delaney Dye gave her life to Jesus in 2013. Since then, she’s worked to spread the Christian message to other young adults.

Last year, Delaney designed and directed the local Christians In Action (C.I.A.) summer camp. This summer, she’s taking the Gospel even farther.

“I am going to a different country to lead children in Vacation Bible School,” the New Castle grad said. “We will be teaching children the love of Christ as well as having a bunch of fun. We’ll teach them dances, songs, and games throughout the week. Ultimately, I just want to love on them and serve them the way Jesus would.”

Delaney’s mission will be at the Church of God Vacation Bible School in Grand Cayman. Her trip is with Anderson University’s “TriS” program, which stands for “Study, Serve, and Share.”

To raise money for Delaney’s VBS trip, the Dye family is hosting the inaugural “King of the Hill” race at 9:30 a.m. May 25 at Memorial Park.

The Dye family has a lot of runners in it, so a fundraising race was a pretty quick idea.

“I was never a strong runner, but since this race is unique, I think it is a race for anyone – runner or not,” Delaney said. “I am excited to see all different types of runners compete in a race unlike races they’ve run before!”

Delaney and her father, Duane, set up a Facebook page for the “King of the Hill Race” event and posted a video with details.

Duane explained the course will follow a one-mile, hilly loop at the park. After completing each mile, runners will get a three-minute break. Then they start again.

Runners are challenged to run up to eight miles.

Cut times for each race and age groups are listed on the Facebook page.

Runners unable to make the cut time for any mile are finished racing for the day, but are invited to enjoy the refreshments and encourage others in their quests. Runners earn a placing and a point each mile under the cut time. Those of each gender placing first overall get an extra point.

King of the Hill winners are determined by the male and female with the most points. In the case of a tie, the runner with the last victory wins. 

Awards and prizes will be presented after the final mile race. Runners must be present to win.

Registration for King of the Hill is $20 before May 22. Runners who register before May 15 and pay an extra $10 will also get a t-shirt from the event.

Registration the day of the race is $25 and will not include a shirt.

All proceeds from the King of the Hill race go to support Delaney’s Vacation Bible School trip.

For more information about the King of the Hill race, visit the Facebook event page, call 765-520-5112 or 765-520-7889, or email dcdye@anderson.edu.