SAN ANTONIO, Texas — “I really should have pushed myself more,” admitted a winded Julio Lentisimo at the finishing line of Sunday’s GC San Antonio 5K fun run. Although Lentisimo had disciplined himself enough to wake up and get to the starting line of the InStep for Life 5K for the 6:00 AM start, he said that he lost motivation about 7 minutes into the race after being passed by “one too many Kenyans.” Shaking his head at the finish line, he admitted to Adventist reporters that if he had just run a little faster he would have avoided the distinctly awkward honor of finishing in 666th place.
The San Diego native said that although he realized that he had finished 666th as a result of his own sloth, more could be done by the General Conference and North American Division health ministries departments to avoid putting runners at risk of finding themselves in his situation. “I don’t know why they had to go ahead and register 2,500 runners,” complained Lentisimo. While he realized that the church was trying to create awareness about the Adventist health message, Lentisimo felt strongly that the next fun run participant count be capped at 665.
“I’m not superstitious but you can’t be Adventist and not feel awkward about coming in as finisher number 666,” he said.
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