What is RunFAR?


RunFAR (Run for African Relief) is a great way for anyone to get involved in the mission of Covenant Mercies, and help orphaned children rise above poverty. The funds raised through RunFAR help provide children in Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Liberia with an education, healthcare, mentorship, and more.

To participate in RunFAR, register below and we’ll contact you with more information. Use your run/walk/bike as an opportunity to ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc., to make a gift to Covenant Mercies in support of your efforts.

To sponsor a RunFAR participant and make a gift, please visit our Donate page. Select RunFAR from the campaign drop-down box, and include the participant’s name in the next box.

2023 RunFAR



The RunFAR Challenge is returning in 2023 during the entire month of October! We are changing up the format a little this year. Instead of a church vs. church competition, we are challenging all RunFAR participants together to meet the following cumulative goals:

  • Raise $25,000
  • Run, walk or bike a total of 1,700 miles (one mile for each of the children in our Sponsorship Program) throughout the month of October using the free Pacer app

We are excited to include church partners from all over the United States, and we welcome everyone’s enthusiastic participation. You can participate as an individual or as part of your church’s RunFAR Team. Feel free to set your own personal fitness and fundraising goals and make this event work for you.

Thank you for your support as we anticipate another successful year for the RunFAR Challenge!


October 1-31, 2023



Receive a custom Yeti Rambler for raising $500!

RunFAR participants who raise $500 or more will receive a free custom Yeti Rambler! These are a one-of-a-kind gift for helping Covenant Mercies “Do Justice & Love Mercy.”

“Participating in RunFAR is running with purpose; I race not only to help fund Covenant Mercies, but also to build awareness for this important ministry in our local running community … Whether you walk, jog, or run you can enjoy the camaraderie of competing with purpose to the glory of God…”

Stephanie H.

“RunFAR is a practical way that we can live out God’s command in James to care for widows and orphans. I won’t say it’s easy, but it is simple, and it is such a joy and privilege to play even the smallest part in the work God is doing to care for these children through Covenant Mercies … I have loved being a part of RunFAR the past few years!

Hilary D.