Jogging for Judah - an annual race thats held to raise funds to assist a local family wishing to adopt a child - will be held Saturday in Stephenville.

Robin Ballew is the founder of the race. Shes recently become the mother of Judah, the first child adopted with the assistance of a scholarship from funds raised by the event, and after whom the race is named. The rest of the family includes daddy, Tanner and sisters Stella and Sophie.

As many people who have undertaken the adoption process know, its not for the weak-willed or timid even if you do it in the United States. But its especially difficult if you want to adopt a baby in a foreign country like Ethiopia. It took nearly three years before Judah finally came home to his new family.

We spent about three weeks in the country getting through the medical appointments, immigration, and the Ethiopian court system, and then the visa system on the American side," Robin said. "With all of that, it was a tedious, but amazing experience and obviously, much more than worth it. Were just so happy that we finally got to bring Judah home about a month ago. Judah, by the way, will turn three in August.

This is the third year the race has been held and race organizers are excited as the adoptive children from the two previous races will be in attendance. Caleb and Kristy Allen and sister Ashlyn now have a fourth family member, Hannah Joy, who is originally from China.

The race will begin at TexasBank.


1m Start Time 7 a.m.

5k Start Time 7:20 a.m.

Cost to register:

5K/1M (Adult Price)

Before Race Day - $30

On Race Day - $35

5K/1M (Youth Price)?Before Race day $10?On Race Day $15

The race committee says the entry fee includes a T-shirt, refreshments, music and other activities. All proceeds after event production costs will go to the Mark and Katie Stutler family to assist in adopting two children from Haiti.

For more information, to register online, to underwrite the cost of the event, or to volunteer email or call 254-396-2339.