Salem Sweet Spirit 5k race & Fun Run

Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 190 years of history as Salem Campmeeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K Race & Fun Run  Saturday, July 13, at Salem Campground.

The 3.1-mile race course follows paved and unpaved roads and footpaths through shaded woods and past structures dating to the 1840s, including the historic tabernacle where revival services will be held July 12-19 at the annual campmeeting.

The race begins at 8 a.m. with the fun run following at 8:30 a.m.. Field day events for all ages, known as the “Wide World of Salem Sports,” begin at 9 a.m. Competitions range from the broad jump and Frisbee toss to peanut rolls and egg tosses. The field day events are free.

An 11 a.m. worship service at the tabernacle follows the field day events, and a free lunch for youth will be served at Noon.

“This is an opportunity for local residents to have some fun and learn more about campmeeting,” said event organizer Joe Cook, a Salem trustee. “We’ve got 190 years of tradition here; the goal is to make the 5K race a new tradition.”

Registration for the race is $30; $15 for the fun run. Participants can register online at or on race day. 

Proceeds from the event will be used to preserve the historic campground and produce the annual interdenominational revival program.

Local high school and youth cross country teams can register to participate at the discounted rate of $10 per runner for groups of 10 or more. All runners receive event t-shirts; awards will be given in all age groups.

The Campground is located at 3940 Salem Road in Covington between Covington and Conyers. Race day registration will be held at the tabernacle beginning at 7 a.m.


Sponsored by:

Scot Ward Funeral Homes

Ramsey Furniture

First Presbyterian Covington

First Presbyterian Orlando

Huck Tours

Mayfield Hardware Covington

Wally Taylor State Farm Insurance

Still Lumber & Building Supply

K & D Shoes, Cowan Ace Hardware

Snapping Shoals EMC

Hedrick Family Dentistry

Beasley Drug Company

Conyers Animal Hospital

Benton Welding

National EMS

The Sandwich Factory

Conyers School of Ballet

Nature Seen Gallery and Frame Shop

Lavigno & Kenney Attorneys

Dr. & Mrs. George L. Smith in honor of Sam and Becky Ramsey.


If you're interested in being a sponsor for this event this event, you can read more here or contact Joe Cook at 706-409-0128 or e-mail at for more information.