Note the words from the New Testament written on the van of one of the teams participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race, held annually in Oregon. The photo came to my mind, because I was looking for an image that illustrated one of my First Place 4 Health ( www.FirstPlace4Health.com ) memory verses. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 says "Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." It seems to me that this team knew the value of God's word, and they also knew the value of physical training---a balance we should all strive for!
One year I had the fun job of following a Hood to Coast relay team that my son was a part of, but doing so in an automobile. (You can see the article and team photo in my blog archives, under date of September 9, 2008). The Hood to Coast race consists of relay teams who cover all the distance from Mt. Hood, to the Pacific Ocean, by dividing the mileage up between team members. It is a very popular event, and not all teams that try to enter are allowed to do so. To keep the race size manageable, a lottery has been established to determine which teams will get to participate. If you are interested in being either a spectator or a participant, just log on to www.hoodtocoast.com to start planning your expedition. It is an event that will truly give you HUNDREDS of "Miles of Smiles"! Tricia