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Racing for hunger

Athlete/musician raises awareness

When Kris Litman crossed the finish line after a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run last June in Idaho, the clock read 14 hours, 58 minutes and 15 seconds. His Ironman Coeur d’Alene journey ended, but the race to end world hunger that Litman is part of still has a long way to go.

Kris Litman puts rubber to the road
Kris Litman puts rubber to the road along part of the 112-mile cycling portion of the Ironman event in which he raised more than $5,000 for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
Litman, director of youth and family ministries at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Mount Holly, N.C., over the past year has collected more than $5,000 from sponsors and donors to support the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. He did this by sharing not only his athletic gifts through the Janus Charity Challenge for the Ironman Triathlon but also his musical talent. With Nick Jenkins, his friend from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., Litman holds acoustic performances at congregations and coffee shops to share information about hunger and to ask for donations to the appeal.


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