What is RunFAR?


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

To participate in RunFAR, simply sign up for any kind of fitness event (a run, walk, triathlon, bike race, etc.) in your own geographical area, and use it 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.

Three easy steps to get involved…


on your RunFAR fitness event. Remember that any type of fitness event is acceptable… choose the event that’s right for you!


for RunFAR (form below), and receive a free RunFAR running shirt as our way of saying thanks for helping us to raise funds.


training, and ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to support you. You will receive further details and a sample fundraising email after registration.

RunFAR Challenge 2019


The 2019 RunFAR Challenge will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, October 19th at the ChesLen Preserve (1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville, PA 19320). Church team participants, please fill out the form below and then register for the ChesLen Chase for Open Space here.

The ChesLen Preserve offers three beautiful trail options: a 5K, a 10K, and a 2 Mile Fun-Run/Walk. The fundraising totals and race times of 5K* participants will be counted toward the final team score. The fundraising totals for the 10K and 2 Mile Fun-Run/Walk participants will also contribute to the final team scores.

*5K Participants: When you are registering on the ChesLen Chase website, please select the church team you will be representing in the event.


Participating Church Teams

Brandywine Grace Church- Downingtown, PA
Covenant Fellowship Church- Glen Mills, PA
Crossway Church- Lancaster, PA
Living Hope Church- Harrisburg, PA
Risen Hope Church- Drexel Hill, PA
Sovereign Grace Church- Marlton, NJ
Redeemer Fellowship Church- Newark, DE


Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 AM


ChesLen Preserve
1199 Cannery Rd
Coatesville, PA 19320

Receive a free copy of True Africa for raising $500!

RunFAR participants who raise $500.00 or more will receive a free copy of the photography book True Africa, by award-winning photographer David Sacks!

“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.

Register for RunFAR