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First United Methodist Church

What started as an opportunity for first-time runners to train for a 5k together has turned in to an annual race that benefits On With Life's programs and services. The First United Methodist Church in Ankeny holds Miles for Miracles, an annual 5K race that welcomes runners of all abilities to complete and give back to a local non-profit.

"We chose On With Life because a member of our church was served at On With Life. Her recovery was truly a miracle," said Marcie Mulford, ministry support specialist and education assistant. "We witnessed first-hand the great work being done by On With Life, and it inspired us to give back."

While the race is open to anyone in the community, including seasoned runners, Marcie says her favorite part is watching first-time runners complete their first 5k.

"The first year we chose On With Life as our recipient, we invited persons served to participate in the race. One woman was so determined to finish the race; she kept going even in the pouring rain, but she finished the race," said Marcie. "As I cheered her on at the finish line, I felt so proud and joyful to be a part of her victory."

Learn more about the 2018 race on October 7 by visiting

Pictured above: Lori, past person served, and therapist Sarah Becker during a previous Miles for Miracles event.