Franklin County Runners Camp grows in second year
Story and photos by Marty Simpkins
FRANKLINTON — No matter how hot it got this past week, the kids at the Franklin County Runners Camp had fun running track, jumping over hurdles and spraying each other with water.
The Franklin County Runners Camp was hosted for the second year at Franklinton High School from July 18-22 in the evenings. It was led once again by Thomas Reid and members of Franklinton Baptist Church.
This year, the camp grew in size. For the first day of camp, there were 30 kids, 20 returning from last year.
The second day, the camp had its first bring-your-friend day and 50 kids showed up, which was the most the camp has ever had on a single day.
“The camp is growing,” Reid said. “As the kids go out into their communities, they’re telling other kids about the excitement that’s going on here.”
The camp teaches kids how to compete in track and field events, such as sprinting, hurdles, javelin throw, discus throw and shot put.
In addition to track and field, the kids also played water games to keep themselves cool in the hot weather.
At the beginning and end of each camp day, the kids are also taught the Biblical story of the life of Jesus and learn other Bible stories.
“The kids and the parents really enjoy the atmosphere,” Reid said. “They like the different track events we have and the interactions with the other kids. The kids also enjoy getting wet.”
The camp this year cost $25 per kid for the whole week. That included a T-shirt, Gatorade and snacks. Some of the equipment was borrowed from Rob Craig of North Wake Christian Church, who held their own North Wake Runners Camp earlier this summer.
Although the Franklin County Runners Camp had 15 volunteers help out from Franklinton Baptist Church, Reid anticipates a bigger crowd next year, which means more help from volunteers.
“I noticed last year that we needed more volunteers,” Reid said. “The more kids we have, the more volunteers we’re going to need. We’ve got three groups doing devotions and that’s good for now, but as it grows, we’re going to have to expand.”