Run the Race

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With our first faith based retreat, we are going to be diving in to 1 Corinthians 9 and Hebrews 12 and how to apply that to our training, our faith and then practice using our running as spiritual exercise. 


We are going to spend a weekend enjoying community and fellowship as we explore what Paul is trying to teach us by using running as a metaphor in Hebrews 12:1 and 1 Corinthians 9. In addition to some quality discussion and learning we will also be doing some amazing running in the beautiful creation around Old Fort, NC in Pisgah National Forest. Our discussions will be lead by Pastor Reynolds Chapman.

We will arrive on Friday afternoon where you can have some free time to explore the grounds before dinner time and have our welcome and intro meeting during dinner. Saturday morning we will wake early for a light breakfast and short bible study and head out for a long run. We will have lunch immediately following the run and then our first deep dive in to Hebrews 12:1 after a little free time to rest up. That will take us to dinner and our second breakout session. On Sunday morning we will wake early for a run/hike to a mountain peak where we will take some time for discussion and contemplation. We will arrive back at camp for lunch and wrap up before heading home. (Specific schedule will be sent out prior to the start of camp)


Expect a weekend full of fellowship, great teaching, unbelievable running and learning what God wants to communicate through and with our running. 

Running wise, this is NOT an intense running weekend. The goal of this weekend is to learn how to use our running as a spiritual practice and to spend time connecting with each other and with God. Depending on when you arrive on Friday, you may have time to get a short run in. Saturday we will do an approximately 3 hour long run. Sunday will be a shorter run of around 1 hour. If you are looking for a more intense weekend, we can accommodate you if you are able to arrive a few days early or stay a few days longer, just reach out!

Due to COVID precautions at Camp Grier. Half of the rooms will be single occupancy and the other half will be double occupancy. We will only be using 1/3 of available space so there is plenty of space to spread out while in your rooms. Restrictions and precautionary measures are likely to change. We will also be encouraging mask wearing when inside. 

* Group Rates are available for groups of 5 or more.

Overview of Bible study.

Running is a popular form of exercise, whether taken up by the fiercest competitor or the casual jogger. It is also an important metaphor to describe the Christian life. Join us for a weekend in the mountains of North Carolina to hit the trails and explore the Scriptures. We will look at how the theme of running figures in the biblical story and how it can apply to us today. Participants will leave renewed by fellowship, learning, and practical guidance for how to make our everyday training an opportunity for spiritual growth.

August 13-15, 2021

Friday - Running in Context: Why this Mattered in the First Century and Why It Matters Now

Saturday 1 -  Discipline in the Gospel: The Good News as Course Rather Than a Finish Line

Saturday 2 - The Community of Runners: Why Christian Discipleship is a Team Sport

Sunday - Charting the Course: Design Your Training for Freedom, Fitness, and Joy 

Tentative Schedule:


            4:00PM - Arrive/Check in at Camp Grier

            5:00PM - Optional short run/hike

            6:00PM - Dinner and Session 1 


            8:00AM - Session 2 (Light breakfast snacks will be provided)

            9:00AM - Long run 

            12:30PM - Lunch 

            2:00PM - Session 3

            4:00PM - Rest/soak in the creek/etc

            6:00PM - Dinner


            6:00AM - (Optional) Sun rise hike

            8:00AM - Session 4 (breakfast before/during session)

            9:30AM - Run

            11:00AM- Checkout

            12:00PM - Lunch/Closing