Empower 7’s inaugural 5K draws 169 runners to Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

Dedicated sponsors, supporters credited for event’s success

ROCKWALL, TX (July 5, 2021) One hundred sixty nine participants from Germany, Costa Rica, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, and right here in Texas joined Empower 7‘s inaugural 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run on June 26th – either in person or virtually – to help support the Rockwall-based nonprofit’s mission to empower the lives of vulnerable, at-risk youth in North Texas.

“Our 1st Annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run was a huge success, thanks to the support from our sponsors and the dedication of our Event Chair, Vida Valk, and the entire Empower7 team,” said Melanie Cobb, Empower 7’s President and Founder. “Everyone pulled together to make our first 5K one to always remember. We are looking forward to our next 5K in 2022.”

Proceeds from the event, which was held at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, will support The Empower7 Ranch building campaign and programs for at-risk teens.

All participants that finished the 5K, 1 Mile or Virtual Race received a finisher medal. Empower 7 gave out 52 trophies to the winners of the 5K for overall male/female, masters male/female, and male/female for 1st/2nd/3rd place for age groups.

5K winners include:

    • Katie Armstrong of Dallas won Top Female Finisher – Overall
    • Avery Brown of Forney won Top Male Finisher – Overall
    • Julie Armstrong of Allen won Top Female Finisher – Masters
    • Eddie Freeland of Royse City won Top Male Finisher – Masters

Find a link to all race results on Empower 7’s website at empower7.org/5krun.

Empower 7 would like to thank it’s 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run sponsors:


Don and Alma Valk

LIV Group Inc


Alliance Bank

BB Outdoor Advertising

Blue Ribbon News

DFS Fire Systems LLC

RE/MAX 3D Real Estate

Saralyn Hanford

Standard Site Utilities

Storage 365 LLC


Nancy Parkes – Compass Real Estate

Empower 7’s Mission

Founded in 2018, Empower 7 is a Christian, faith-based organization created for the sole purpose of empowering the lives of vulnerable, at-risk youth in North Texas. Critical to the Empower 7 vision and mission, The Empower 7 Ranch will provide a safe, serene home for youth whose need for care and treatment cannot be met safely and effectively by their families or in a traditional foster family setting. The goal for The Ranch is to provide residential, educational and community services to ensure youth are prepared for adulthood, form healthy connections with society, and know God’s love and grace. While faithfully planning for The Ranch, Empower 7 is working to close the gaps that prevent youth from thriving through their Blessings & Growth Programs, which addresses the immediate or emergency needs of vulnerable, at-risk youth while providing them with learning experiences to shape their future.

For more information on the Empower 7’s mission and programs, visit empower7.org.

Donate at empower7.org/donate

Get involved at empower7.org/get-involved

Up Next: Deep in the Heart

Grab your boots for a night to remember at Deep in the Heart, Empower7’s inaugural fundraiser and auction, set for 5:30 to 10 p.m. October 9, 2021 at Tate Farms, 12992 FM 548 in Rockwall.

Guests will enjoy BBQ catered by Eddie Deen & Company Catering, a silent and live auction, live music, whisky tasting, cornhole competition, and more. For tickets, sponsorships and more information, visit empower7.org/deepintheheart.

You may also contact Saralyn Hanford, Event Chair, directly at fundraising@empower7.org or 253-620-0031.

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