El Buen Camino 5k Race and Walk Sat April 5

Submitted by Elizabeth Schiemann

The second El Buen Camino 5K race and one-mile walk will take place on Saturday, April 5th at 9 A.M. at Wake Forest University’s Reynolda campus. This event is open to all runners, walkers, and health enthusiasts who would like to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices. Registration for the race is available via Active.com.

Thanks to a generous grant from Wake Forest Baptist Health all registration proceeds will support the work of the nonprofit El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services and El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church. The event is the culmination of community events and walking/running groups that bring Latino families together with the wider Winston-Salem community to practice and discuss the benefits of exercise and healthy eating habits. Our community invites anyone who would like to prepare for El Buen Camino to join our running club, Correcaminos, for practices on Monday and Wednesday nights at El Buen Pastor (behind the Old Town Shopping Center).

The early registration fee of $20 will increase to $25 on March 1 for the 5K. Participants may register on-site on race day for $30. A new one-mile walk option has been added this year in an effort to include more families. For adult walkers the registration fee is $20. Each adult walker may be accompanied by up to two children between the ages of 8 and 12 for $5 per child. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, Hispanic men and women 18 and older were twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be obese. In a 2010 survey, 60% of Hispanics over 18 years of age reported being physically inactive

El Buen Camino means the good path or the good way, reflecting the goals of the two El Buen Pastor organizations—walking with Latino families as they discover a good path for their lives. It encompasses the ideas of remembering and reflecting on life experiences, striving after dreams and new opportunities, defining challenges and committing to working on them. Race Director Jen Henson says, “Our hope is that this entire event will bring together communities from across Winston-Salem and inspire all participants to choose a healthy way of life.”

Rosa Miranda, Pastor of El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church and Board Chair of the nonprofit states, “El Buen Camino is a great example of communities working together to live an abundant life for everyone and with everyone.”


El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services partners with Latino families to equip children and adults to fulfill their educational and economic potential, with hope for a positive and healthy future.

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