2014-10-02 / Sports

Jason Chapman 5k set for October 18 will run through historic Washington

The First Baptist Church of Washington will sponsor the second annual Jason Chapman 5k on Saturday, October 18. The event is named in memory of an extraordinary young man who passed away on September 18, 2012, as the result of a tragic car accident.

Jason was only 26 years old and was actually preparing for his very first 5k run. He was living back in his hometown of Washington while he pursued a career in his field of study having recently completed his master’s degree in Agricultural Leadership from the University of Georgia. He had also earned a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Animal Science and a major in Ag Communications. Jason had also attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and received an associate’s degree in Agriculture.

Jason was an active member of First Baptist Church and the Young Men’s Sunday School Class. He enjoyed working with the youth and participating in mission trips.

While at ABAC, Jason was Student Government President and was also awarded the “Spirit of ABAC Award” by the ABAC Alumni Association. During his time at UGA, he was employed at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens. In Washington, he was emp loyed by Otter Creek Gardens.

“Although Jason was not able to run in the race that he was training for, his legacy continues as we proudly remember him and honor some of the causes that were dear to his heart,” Pastor Kevin Madden said. “Jason loved God and was a devoted follower of Jesus. He was greatly impacted by the youth ministry of his church and he especially loved missions.”

All proceeds from The Jason Chapman 5k will go towards the youth ministry of First Baptist Church along with the Mothers Morning Out Program where his niece, Addie Armour, now attends.

“We are also very excited to announce the establishment of the Jason Chapman Memorial Garden that will be introduced on October 18 and will be located next to the First Baptist Church youth facility known as ‘The Ark,’” Madden said.

A pancake breakfast will be served beginning at 9 a.m. in the church fellowship hall hosted by the FBC Youth Ministry.

The public is invited to participate in the event which offers a 5k run or walk and is for people of all ages. The race will begin at 8 a.m. in front of First Baptist Church Washington and will run through beautiful historic Washington.

The course is relatively flat with a few rolling hills and of course, runners/walkers will be able to enjoy the beautiful historic antebellum homes along the route. A course map and registration information can be found at www.fbcwashingtonga.org. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information you may contact First Baptist Church at 706-678-2912.

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