National Life Runners relay starts at Grand Forks parish

by Paul Braun | New Earth

Relay runners at St. Michaels Church in Grand Forks start off their 5K leg of the national Life Runners relay for life on July 4. (submitted photo)

Nearly 60 North Dakota runners and walkers gathered at the starting line in front of St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks on July 4 to begin the North Arm of the national Life Runners 5K walk/run to raise awareness and support for pro-life efforts across the country.

Three other Life Runners relays kicked off the same day. The East Arm began at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the West Arm from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and the South Arm from San Antonio, Texas. The route goes by abortion facilities across the nation, where walkers/runners will stop for prayer. All four arms will unite for a finish line celebration on Aug. 11 in Overland Park, Kan.

Walkers/runners are expected to log a total of 5,359 miles before reaching the finish line. Event sponsorships are always welcome. For more information, go to