Keeping the Sabbath aerobic

How to balance cultivation of one’s faith with athletic pursuits? An article in Runner’s World reflects on this question:

‘Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Aerobic’

By Mark Remy in Runner’s World

“Hey, where is everyone? Oh… right.”

Holy moly! According to an AP article in Silicon Valley’s, some churches “on or near Sunday’s 26-mile Los Angeles Marathon route” are canceling services on race day.

According to the article:

The Rev. Mary E. Haddad told her congregation at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills: “Remember the Sabbath and keep it aerobic.” There will be no morning services because of crowds, street closures and lack of parking, but an evening service will be held.

Apparently more than 100 churches sit within a five-block radius of the marathon course. The article doesn’t say exactly how many will be canceling or postponing worship services because of the race this Sunday. But doing so seems like a smart move, for all concerned.

This story got me thinking about running and religion in general…

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  1. Derek Olsen

    This is a source of great discontent in my family as we all like to run. Many of the good races are on Sunday morning. My wife, a priest, has only a limited number of days off; I can’t run if she’s in church because I’ve got the kids. So we try to find the Saturday races that’ll accommodate…

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