Get messy to benefit Zionsville Presbyterian Church summer mission trip


By Renee Larr

Zionsville Presbyterian Church will host the fifth annual Messy Mission Run at 9 a.m. May 13 at Nancy Burton Memorial Park. As the name implies, the goal is to get a little messy during the run, a fundraiser for  ZPC’s summer mission trip.

From left, Lola McDaniel, Emma Graybeal, Claudia Antcliff and Isaac Antcliff display their T-shirts after a Messy Mission Run. (Submitted photo)

The race is designed to be family friendly and noncompetitive.

“It’s unique in the fact that it is a trail run but also incorporates the color element in it,” said Kelly Antcliff, a ZPC parishioner. “I think the kids love running on the path, jumping over the tree limbs and getting a little dirty along with getting the color thrown on them throughout the course.”

The cost to attend is a $30 suggested donation, which includes a race T-shirt that becomes colored when powder is thrown on it. The donation includes snacks after the race. Approximately 100 people are expected to participate.

“Last year the rainy conditions caused the race to turn into more of a mud-color run, but it was fun. Obviously, so much this time of year is weather-dependent, but we’re hoping for a great turnout. Certainly, you don’t need to attend ZPC to participate,” Antcliff said.

Proceeds go toward funding a mission trip to Mexico June 5 to 12.

“We will be heading to Mexico in the Cancun/Playa Del Carmen area. We take high school students and adult chaperones,” Antcliff said. “While we’re down there we work on developing and enhancing the relationships with the people of Mexico. We’ll have meals with them, attend church services with them and help to build a church down there. This helps funding the trip and supplies we’ll need while we’re down there.”

The event will also include 1-mile run for younger children and adults who may not be able to complete the 5K. For more, visit


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