Cleveland-Area Priest Running For The Poor

Reverend H. Paul Kim uses his running to help the poor. Photo:

He is taking part in this weekend’s Cleveland Marathon.

When Reverend H. Paul Kim came to the United States to study theology in 2003, he didn’t know anyone. The South Korean native liked to play volleyball and soccer, but those are team sports, and since he was pretty much alone, he decided to pursue running for exercise.

Fast-forward to 2011 and marathons are his “life’s mission.” Rev. Kim has founded a charity called “Living Person 7” which donates money to the poor.

“Being close to the poor is a very important part of my priesthood,” Kim says.

This Sunday, Rev. Kim will participate in the Cleveland Marathon with 150 other “Living Person 7” runners. They are raising money for a shelter in Madagascar (where Rev. Kim was a missionary) and for the children served by the Fatima Family Center in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. The team wants to raise $12,500, which will be split between the two charities.

Kim began running the half marathon in 2005. He moved up to the marathon in 2006. In that race, he walked to the finish with blisters on his feet.

“It was like a long prayer experience,” he recalls.

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