BA Runner

Like many of you, I love local businesses of all sorts. You need running shoes? Even if you walk, work on your feet, Drew and Carol Martin at BA Runner are the people who can customize the best fit for your arch and step. Tell ’em Preacher Greg sent you. Doesn’t mean you’ll get a discount, just that I want them to know how much I care about them and love what the Martin’s do!

Drew and Carol are some of the finest people you’ll meet in Broken Arrow. Both Christians who live out their faith and publicly express it in their business, Drew and Carol get out and run with their groups, get to know their customers and love people unconditionally.
If you are wanting a running group, they have couch to 5K programs, half marathon and marthon training, and the groups meet Tuesdays for Social Run, 6 pm, Thursdays for a workout, 6 pm, and Saturdays for long runs, usually 6:30 am.
Running group costs are very reasonable, and the Martins give you a discount on shoes and other merchandise as members of running groups.
Best of all is the community that running groups provide. We run, suffer hills, laugh, joke, work on injuries together. Together many people have achieved their goals, including me. Through the power of one the Martin’s running groups, I was able to accomplish running the Route 66 Marathon November 2015. My son, Jacob, and my brother, Toby, also ran with me and many in the group who also accomplished this goal.
So if you have foot problems or you just want a good pair of walking or running shoes or any other running merchandise, a great running group, friendship and encouragement in setting and achieving your goals, look no further! BA Runner is the place.
Greg Taylor
Preacher, The Journey

 

Jacob Taylor wins Run to the Well 5K

Jacob Taylor wins Run to the Well 5K photo by Ashley Lovett

Jacob Taylor, winner of Run to the Well 5K. Photo by Ashley Lovett

I’m proud of my son, Jacob, winning the first-ever Run to the Well 5K March 28 with a time of 18:52.

The run benefitted The Kibo Group and communities in Uganda needing good water sources and community development. At a Kibo Group, God moves us to partner for transformed lives through sustainable community development.

Big thanks to Mary-Margaret Watson and Jordan Smith, race coordinators who registered more than 300 participants in Run to the Well 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Jacob Taylor is 16

Jacob and I after the 2012 Tulsa Run. He had just completed his longest run to date and in an unexpectedly quick pace.

Jacob and I after the 2012 Tulsa Run. He had just completed his longest run to date and in an unexpectedly quick pace.

The moment captured in this photo is seconds after Jacob ran his first Tulsa Run, a grueling 15K race that I ran when I was his age. OK, I ran the two mile fun run in about the same time he ran the 15K. I was so proud of Jacob that day to see him appear on the last sprint to the finish line minutes before expected.

I was so startled that pleasantly surprised doesn’t describe it. I was proud enough to run down the sidewalk yelling wildly, “That’s my son! That’s my son!!

When I got to him, Jacob was ragged and worn but so happy he’d completed his longest race to date. Jacob’s running began in 2011 with a 5K our church held to raise funds for our kids camp. I thought I’d hang with Jacob, who was 12 at that point, but the race started and I couldn’t catch him. He ran with Steve Martin and Jeff McIlroy, and those guys will always have my admiration for the way they’ve encouraged Jacob’s running (and still run with Jacob, even as recently as last night!).

Jacob’s life, however, is not about running. Jacob’s life is about pleasing God, learning to be like his savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and enjoying family and friends. He knows that running is not for himself but to glorify God. He is using his gifts and working hard to develop them.

Happy Birthday, Jacob. I’m very proud of you.

Watch the beginning of an 8th grade cross country meet


Conference Track Meet was supposed to be today but don’t know with all the storms last night and into morning. Here is an 8th Grade Cross Country Meet where my son, Jacob, is in the middle of the pack. He is the most courageous and disciplined young man I know.