CENTERVILLE -- Tanna Friday felt God pushing her into something more.
The direction, she said, was to start a Warner Robins chapter of Run for God, which promotes spiritual and physical endurance.
I wanted a closer relationship to God, and he wanted me to do more, Friday said.
In January, the mother of two held an information session at Southside Baptist Church about the Run for God program. Forty-eight people were interested in participating in the 12-week course that trains non-runners to run their first 5K race.
Friday, of Centerville, has been a runner since she was little and runs about four to five times a week. The Run for God classes include weekly scripture verses related to running as well as training to run.
This is putting Christian principles into running, she said.
With the slow pace, Friday said the sessions are similar to the Couch to 5K program where participants start with running just one minute and then gradually increase their endurance.
Laura Caum and her daughter, Mary Jayne Caum, were members of the January class. They ran their first 5K at the Perry Dogwood Festival in April.
Neither mother, 48, nor daughter, 16, had ever been runners.
The first two months we were running three times a week in the cold and the dark, said Laura Caum, who is neither a fan of the cold nor the dark.
Laura Caum saw the advertisement in her church bulletin and mentioned the program. Her daughter told her that she would do it with her.
It took our relationship to a whole new level, said Laura Caum.
There were some days she didnt want to run, but her daughter was there pushing her to get out and do it.
Shed say, Weve got to go run for God, Laura Caum said.
Husband and wife Curtis and Virginia Tabron decided to run the 5k to get in shape, both physically as well as spiritually.
Virginia Tabron, 56, used to run. She wanted to get back into shape and saw this program as a way to do it. She said she enjoyed the fellowship of the other participants as well as the running portion of the group.
The lessons are great, she said.
Aside from running, the group also prays before each run. The program takes small steps to allow beginners to get into running gradually, which helped the Tabrons.
It helps build you up both ways, said Curtis Tabron, 57, who had a double knee replacement two years ago. He didnt know if he was physically up to the challenge.
It is therapeutic to get back into shape, he said.
The next session starts in September.
To find out more, visit www.runforgodwr.com.