Running With Purpose

Running is Katy’s happy place, her time to herself and to enjoy nature. She also loves setting big goals for herself in running and working hard to reach them.

Katy Zweifel has only run the Wesley Waddle once in 2023, and she won the 10k! Her husband, Tyler, has run in it nearly every year, has won multiple times and she loved watching him race those years! Running is her happy place, her time to herself and to enjoy nature. She also loves setting big goals for herself in running and working hard to reach them. It gives her the motivation to “always be working on myself and bettering myself.” She is an example of what we try to teach at Refuge for Women Kentucky, we are not free to simply exist, we are free to flourish.

She supports Refuge for Women Kentucky because she remembers going through her own personal struggles that left her feeling completely worthless and helpless, and she felt like life was not worth living. She says,

“I had others come alongside me to help work towards freedom in those times, and I will gladly support an organization who helps other women work towards a life of freedom!”

When we asked her, “Why Running” she said, “One of my favorite quotes is by Eric Liddell, a famous Christian professional runner. He said “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.” God gave me a talent for running, and when I go out and race and come to the end of myself, it’s when I feel God’s presence the most. It’s an act of worship for me to run and use the gift God has given me.”

Katy chooses to live out her freedom for the freedom of others and part of that means that she consciously lives in the freedom from sin and death given to us freely through Christ’s sacrifice.

“For so many years, I was taught this at church and knew this in my head, but I still tried to earn my salvation and freedom through good works and diligently studying the Bible. It took a long time for me to believe this in my heart and soul and accept God’s gift of grace and freedom freely given through Christ.”

She encourages every runner, follower, resident, anyone who is pro human flourishing  to love yourself unconditionally.

“Many years of my life was spent being unnecessarily hard on myself with a poor self-image and self-talk. God thinks you are worth dying for, and God loves you unconditionally and gives you grace. Try to see yourself and treat yourself as someone worth dying for. Treat yourself with grace and love. I know it’s easier said than done, and this is so hard for me, but it’s vital for living in freedom.”

Thank you for being like Katy and helping women who were formerly exploited have hope, home, healing and dignity.

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