KINGSBURG – With its first 5K Carnival Fun Run-Walk in the books, organizers at New Life Ministries in Kingsburg are already making plans for next year.

Pastor Lori Querin said this first event was held as a fundraiser for their women’s ministry and they hope to grow the event for next year.

“Next year we’re targeting the first Saturday of October,” Querin said. They’ll consult with other marathon and race events in an effort to not create a time conflict for runners.

This year’s race was Oct. 14 and featured a small carnival at the finish line.

Kingsburg’s Brianna Kauk helped organize the event this year and she participated with her husband Cameron Kauk as they pushed Cambria, 3, and Brinley, 2, in a stroller.

“I like the way [running] makes me feel and the energy after. It makes me feel good,” she said.

The runners started at 9:30 a.m. followed by the fun run and then the walkers.

“The walkers were our biggest group,” Querin. “We encourage runners to sign up because it’s open to the public and our church likes to get out into the community and do things for families.”

Since a carnival was set up at the finish line, participants said it was a good combination and incentive for their entire families to participate.

Terry Echeveste said their family attends New Life Ministries and she brought her daughter, son-in-law and their children to the race.

“We were the last ones so we were together,” Echeveste said as they gathered at the finish line. They may have walked the entire route, but they finished together," she said. “It’s our first event so we’ll see how it goes. It’s to benefit the women’s ministries and it’s fun. It’s a way to spend quality time with your family. They have carnival games, vendors, arts and crafts and food booths.”

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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