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Sat March 16, 2024 China Grove, NC 28023 US Directions


5K Run / Walk

8:00AM EDT

10K Run/Walk

8:00AM EDT

Fun Run

10:00AM EDT


185 Concordia Church Road
China Grove, NC US 28023


Concordia Lutheran Church & Trinity Lutheran Church presents the 8th Annual Love Thy Neighbor 5k & 10k Race/Walk, Breakfast, & Raffle honoring Kassidy Sechler - read Kassidy's story below and also at!

March 16, 2024 - Rain or Shine!

Race Location - Concordia Lutheran Church, 185 Concordia Church Road, China Grove, NC  28023

Parking:  Runners, please park at Gospel Lighthouse Church, 453 Concordia Church Rd, China Grove.  Shuttle service will be provided to Concordia Church for race check-in and start.  Thank you!

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no other commandment greater than this.  Mark 12:31

Shirts: Short-sleeve T-shirts for preregistered runners.  T-Shirts are guaranteed to those who register by March 10.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Breakfast (included for all racers/walkers - others by donation)

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Raffle Bidding Starts

8:00 a.m. - 5k & 10k Races Start

10:00 a.m. - Kids' Fun Run Starts

10:45 a.m. - Awards

11:00 a.m. - Raffle Bidding Closes

We partner with with the Salisbury Rowan Runners to enhance our 5K and 10K races as well as the fun run. All runners will be accurately timed, the course measured and medals will be presented to the top three in each age group. Complete results will be posted at Salisbury Rowan Runners after the race. 

Awards: - Trophies for overall male & female in the 5k and 10k and top 3 age group awards:  12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. 


5k race / walk / t-shirt - $30

10k race / walk / t-shirt - $30

Fun Run - $10

T-shirt only - $20 - At this link - For t-shirt purchase without 5k/10k race (Enter sale code NEIGHBOR – online deadline is Sunday, March 10, 11:59 p.m.)

Breakfast Only - Donation (Breakfast is included for all racers/walkers)

Course Information: - Both races begin and end at Concordia Lutheran Church (185 Concordia Church Road).  The courses are out and back and take you through the rolling countryside of the Atwell Township community.  There are two water stations for the 5k and three for the 10k.

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From His fullness, we have all received grace upon grace.  John 1:16

Thank you to Atwell Fire Department, Russell Foster (trophies), Starnes Family (cooking), and Silent Auction Donors.

Info: 704-202-4975 - Jason Ritchie -

Kassidy's Story

Kassidy is a senior at South Rowan High School.  She resides in China Grove with her parents, Todd and Kathy, and her sister, Kayla.  She attends Charity Baptist Church, where she is an active member of their youth group.  In the summer of 2021, Kas was playing in a softball tournament where she then went into cardiac arrest.  She was airlifted to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston Salem, where she spent five days fighting for her life.  After 5 days on the ventilator and multiple tests, Kas was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, ARVC.

After her diagnosis, Kas underwent surgery to implant a cardiac defibrillator, which has limited her to minimal activity.  With these restrictions, it has led her to hang up her softball cleats and trade them in for golf shoes.  Going into her junior year, she began playing golf for South Rowan and had a successful season, reaching honors in All County, All Conference, Regional Qualifier, and State Qualifier.

In November of 2022, Kas underwent an ablation to hopefully get rid of the extra arrhythmias that she was having.  After many visits, it was determined that the ablation was not working the way the doctors had planned, so in February of 2023 the doctors went back in and placed a loop recorder, to gain a better understanding of how the arrhythmias are affecting Kas' everyday life.  After gaining information from the recorder for roughly five months, they went back in and removed the loop recorder, and replaced her defribrillator with a defribrillator/pacemaker combination to try and eliminate the amount of arrhythmias that she was feeling throughout the day. 

Since then, Kas went on to compete in golf her senior year, yet again accomplishing the honors of All County, All Conference, Regional Qualifier and State Qualifier.  Going into the second day of state play, Kas had to pull out due to having some bad arrhythmias.  Since then, they are still going through multiple tests, testing different medications, and trying to slow the progression of her disease, with the possibility of a heart transplant in the future.  They are so thankful for their team at Levine's, their family and friends, and this community that has stood behind them through this journey.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7

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