Annual Mission Action Challenge event scheduled for August 23

EASLEY — The 2014 Mission Action Challenge (MAC) will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, and will once again include cycling events and a popular 5K run through downtown Easley.

Cycling events originating and concluding at Old Market Square will include 63-mile, 40-mile and 20-mile routes as well as a 10-mile family ride. Participants are urged to register online at

More than 1,000 area children received shoes this year courtesy of the Mission Action Challenge, Easley First Baptist Church, 5 Point Church and Fleet Feet Sports in Greenville.

In total, more than 2,700 pairs of shoes have been distributed since the event’s inception in 2008. A portion of the funds are donated to Hope Unlimited, a missions organization committed to the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of Brazil’s street children.

The Mission Action Challenge originated in 2008 when a group of cyclists named the event in honor of Mac Lawton, a community leader, founder of the 567 Club for Boys, and recipient of the Order of the Silver Crescent, South Carolina’s highest honor for outstanding achievements and community contributions. Lawton lost his battle with prostate cancer in January 2013.

For more information, contact Patrick Rivers at (864) 630-4544 or visit