The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 31, 2013

Upcoming Connect Run to benefit adoption ministry

By Kim West

— Springtime is the season for gardening and baseball, but it also marks the unofficial start of the local racing season for avid runners.

While some runners prefer to pound the pavement in their neighborhood or hit the gym treadmill, many spend their spring Saturdays participating in the local races that benefit charitable causes.

The Athens Chick-fil-A will sponsor a 10K and 5K as part of the food chain’s nationwide Connect Race Series on Saturday, April 4. Proceeds will benefit the Bridge of Hope Adoption Ministry, which provides monetary assistance and counseling to local families seeking to adopt domestically or overseas.

“Bridge of Hope is based out of Athens and was started by a group of parents who actually have adopted, and not just internationally but nationally and locally, as well,” said Lisa Norris, marketing director for the Athens Chick-fil-A owned and operated by Matthew Kyle. “Matthew learned of this organization after he had adopted his daughter, and he saw how they were helping other families that didn’t have enough money or resources. He was compelled to help because he was able to adopt, and he wanted to help other families desiring to adopt.”