Clergy Chase Promotes Healthy Congregations

Published On 08/21/2012

The Congregational Health Network will hold its first annual Clergy Chase 5K/1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at Overton Park on Saturday, September 15 at 8 a.m. The Clergy Chase encourages congregations to run with their pastors to raise awareness about sickle cell disease in the African-American community and to promote healthy churches. 

All proceeds benefit the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.  Memphis has one of the largest populations in the country of adult sickle cell patients.  The new sickle cell center offers preventive care, as well as infusion services for crises. 

This race encourages healthy activity, allowing participants to complete it at their own pace. Parking is available near the East Parkway Pavilion, where the race begins.

The Congregational Health Network is a covenant relationship between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare hospitals, Mid-South congregations and community health organizations. The CHN, a network of nearly 500 congregations and faith communities, partners to share the ministry of caring for Methodist patients—helping people navigate the journey from home to medical care and back. 

Registration for Clergy Chase is $10 per person, or $100 per team of 10. We are asking that each church or organization that forms a team also attempt to raise $1,000 for the Center. Registration is online at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about the race or sponsorships, please contact Ruby Fenton at 901-516-0508.