About the Swazi 5k

The 11th annual Swazi 5K is Saturday, September 21, 2019.  The start and finish lines are at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in front of the Royce Brown Business Building. SNU is located at 6729 NW 39th Expressway, in Bethany.

Everyone is invited to walk or run.  Here is the schedule of events:

7:30am - One-Mile Fun Walk/Run
8am - Swazi 5k (3.1 miles) and Swazi 5K Relay (3-person team)

The cost is $25 per person, or $20 for students. 

This is truly an event for the entire family, but is also a USA Track and Field sanctioned race for all serious runners. If you can walk for an hour, then you can walk the 5K. Strollers are also welcome at the back of the 5K course. 

Benefits of the Swazi 5k

  1. It promotes awareness in our community of the needs of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Though HIV is declining, Eswatini is still the country with the highest rate of HIV and TB in the world.

  2. It encourages personal health for participants.

  3. It raises funds for four important recipients:

  • Support of the Swazi HIV/AIDS Task Force, who are providing food and medicines to those who are ill with HIV, TB, or other opportunistic infections

  • Newborn Care at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Eswatini, where 9,000 babies are delivered annually

  • The Bethany After School Program, which provides a daily nutritious snack, tutoring, and a safe place to be for over 200 Bethany children every weekday afternoon during the school year

  • Scholarships to join a future team to Eswatini


Swazi 5k History

Scott and Karen Dedmon were a part of early teams to Eswatini and their hearts were stirred by the gracious people of this African nation and their great needs. Karen is a delivery room nurse. Scott is an architect. There were needs for clinic renovation and needed supplies for Raleigh Fitkin’s Labor and Delivery ward. The needs they saw were many!

Karen came to visit Barbi Moore, Director of Global Outreach, in 2009. She had a desire to help Eswatini and to provide scholarships for people wanting to join a short-term team. Karen felt a 5K was a great way to get the word out and to involve hundreds of people every year as volunteers, participants in the 5K, and sponsors. Five years ago she invited the BFC After School Program to be involved as well as participants and recipients.

Karen was right. This is our 11th year and something that you don’t want to miss!

About the Eswatini Partnership

Learn more about the Eswatini Partnership and how you can get involved.