Adventists, Jews Run Two Oceans 'Friday Race' Marathon

More than 50 Seventh-day Adventists and Jews participated in the 'Friday Race' on April 6.Source: Adventist News Network

[April 18, 2007] More than 50 Seventh-day Adventists and Jews participated in the 'Friday Race' on April 6. The race, an alternative to the annual Two Oceans Marathon held in Cape Town, South Africa, has been offered ever since Adventist athlete Kevin Rochford in 1970 asked marathon organizers to hold a race for those who would rather not run on Sabbath for religious reasons.

Minutes before the starting-gun was fired Friday morning, runners joined together for prayers from both Hebrew and Christian faiths. Adventist pastor, Dr. Eric Webster, who started his running career at the age of 60, has been organizing the Friday race for the past 18 years. "It is always inspiring to take part in this special Friday Race," he says. "This is a wonderful way for Adventists to witness to their faith in Jesus Christ."