photo of kids getting ready to run a race with text: HLS in the Community: Soaring With Eagles 5K and Family Fun Run and Walk

This is the first post in the blog series HLS in the Community, which will highlight how HLS is involved in the community through service and outreach events.

This year, Hampton Lutheran School and The Leadership Center in Aurora are celebrating the third annual Soaring With Eagles 5K and Family Mile Fun Run and Walk.

Hampton Lutheran started the 5K and fun run three years ago because we wanted to do something to help promote the school and connect with the community. HLS is well-known in the Hampton area, but we wanted to reach surrounding communities, too, including Aurora. The HLS staff felt that a 5K would be a fun, healthy way to bring people together.

We combine this day with our back-to-school picnic to simplify life for our school families. People can come for the run, or they can come just for the picnic, which includes a campfire and marshmallows.

HLS intends the 5K to be a form of outreach so new families learn about Hampton Lutheran and experience the community firsthand. So far, the attendance—with a few exceptions—has been mostly HLS families, but everyone in the community is welcome to join us.

The event is held at The Leadership Center, a premier conference and retreat center in Aurora. Director Maile Boeder, whose son is a third grader at HLS this year, generously sponsors this community event and lets the school use the venue free of charge. The facility has excellent trails and is a beautiful setting for a 5K and picnic. It sits on 43.5 acres with over 13,000 square feet of meeting space.
The beautiful setting of the 5K and picnic!

In addition to opening The Leadership Center for the event, Maile helps advertise the event on the center’s website. She and her husband, John, map out the route and provide the campfire. The paddle boats on the lake are also available for runners and our families to use during the run and back-to-school picnic.

Join Hampton Lutheran School and The Leadership Center for the third annual Soaring with Eagles 5K and Family Mile Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Everyone is welcome, so spread the word! We’d love to see more faces from the Aurora community join us for the 5K and fun run.

More information and registration forms for the Soaring with Eagles 5K and Family Mile Fun Run and Walk are available here.