Asbury Hosts 'Walking in Faith' 5k Run/Walk

Courtney Baker '16
Courtney Baker '16

Last December, Asbury University freshman Courtney Baker experienced a car accident that left her wondering if she would walk again. On Saturday, the Asbury volleyball player will be the guest of honor at an event that reflects the distance she’s traveled to regain her mobility and thrive.

At 9 a.m. on Oct. 26, the starting gun will sound for The Walking in Faith 5k Run/Walk, a benefit event to help cover the Baker’s medical expenses in the wake of an accident that led to the amputation of her lower left leg.

“From the first days after the accident to now, the friends and community that have surrounded me have been so encouraging and incredibly thoughtful,” said Baker. “This 5k is no different. I'm excited to have the opportunity to thank people in person for being a part of my faith journey.”

Throughout last spring and summer, Baker re-learned everyday activities such as walking and running with the help of prosthetic devices. By the time she returned to campus in August, she had regained enough mobility to compete on Asbury’s junior varsity volleyball team and has set the challenging goal of competing at the varsity level. A group of friends have organized the Walking in Faith 5k in honor of her can-do spirit and in recognition of the expenses involved.

Race-day registration, t-shirt sales ($5) and pre-race activities are from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Asbury University semi-circle on Lexington Ave. To pre-register, visit walkinginfaith5k.eventzilla.net. Donations will be accepted at the event. For more information, e-mail Walkinginfaith56@gmail.com or call (412) 715-8811.

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