By Kristan Krogman
The Cedar Butte to White River leg of the 2014 A-Cross America Relay is taking shape. Local runners and walkers will complete the leg Tuesday, April 8, as part of the nationwide relay. The Relay is organized by Life Runners, a pro-life running/walking organization whose mission is to pray, raise funds and run/walk together until crossing the finish line that ends abortion.
This is the second year for the A-Cross America Relay. This year the Relay began on March 5, with participants on the west coast starting from the Golden Gate Bridge and participants on the east coast starting at the Brooklyn Bridge. After forty days, Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday, the two branches will come together in Sioux Falls April 13. The west and east will meet near St. Joseph’s Cathedral and then rally together toward Falls Park, the designated finish line.
Blue t-shirts with “Remember the Unborn” will identify Relay participants as they travel their course, spreading the message of the Life Runners. Local participants will be running and walking several legs, beginning at 2 p.m. until close to 5 p.m. on April 8 between Cedar Butte and White River. Participants will be responsible for their leg and are not expected to literally pass the baton, but will begin their respective leg at the appointed time. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join in the relay. The course will travel to White River along highway 44 and you can meet participants along the way if you’d like to show your support for the cause.
In the end, the 2014 A-Cross America relay will cover 4100 miles and 17 states, involve thousands of runners/walkers, and stay the course daily from sunrise to sunset.
According to information on the Life Runners website, abortion is the leading cause of death in America (1,200,000 per year), followed by heart disease (600,000/year) and cancer (575,000/year).