Austin church to host 5K to bolster education in Haiti; Haitian Hustle run sponsored by Free Church on Aug. 26

Published 12:20 pm Saturday, August 19, 2017

Don’t let “5K” fool you, the Haitian Hustle covers a lot more ground than your average fun run.

There is the roughly 2,200 miles between Austin and the impoverished island nation south of Cuba.

Tack onto that the 5 kilometers that Haitian children who will benefit from the Austin fundraiser will run the same day.

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Now compare that to how far organizers hope their efforts to help pay school tuition will take those children.

The Haitian Hustle, sponsored by Faith Evangelical Free Church, is in its sixth year. It is scheduled for Aug. 26 and begins with registration and check-in at the church on its east campus from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

The 5K and 1 mile run/walk begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine.

Awards will be given to the first two male and two female finishers. This is an unofficial 5K. Strollers and dogs on leashes are allowed in both the 5K and the 1 mile events. No bikes, in-line skates, or skate boards are allowed in either the 5K or the 1 mile events. To register early, go to

The cost for the 5K and for the 1 mile for ages 11 and older is $25 per person. Kid races ages 10 and younger are $5.

Parking is available across the street at the main building of the church.

The run is part of a larger effort, with the funds going to Jesus in Haiti ministries.

Church members Dan and Holly Ravenhorst, who are on their own mission in Haiti, pointed the church to Jesus in Haiti ministries.

Coordinating the run for the past few years has been Lorene Strobel, Mark Bjorlie and Judi Needham.

Strobel’s daughter, Madeline, 21, will be joining the Ravenhorsts in Haiti soon, she said.

About 100 runners participated last year, Strobel said.

“We have a pretty route that goes around the church,” she said.

Along the way, the church will post informational signs about Haiti and and the children’s lives.

The children who also run in Haiti Aug. 26 — not at the exact same time — will most likely send photos of their race to the church as they have in the past, Strobel said. They’ll wear the same logo on T-shirts as the Austin runners and walkers.

Strobel said the church is helping pay tuition for the children because they don’t have the option of attending a public school.