Volunteers hold 5K race to support imprisoned Boise pastor

Pastor Saeed Abedini

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 2:32 PM

BOISE -- A campaign is now underway to raise money for the the family of a Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran.

On September 26, 2012, Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years on a charge the Iranian government calls "threatening national security."

His family says he's being punished because of his work to set up Christian churches there.

Abedini's family, including his wife, Naghmeh, and his kids, are still living in Boise. Naghmeh travels almost full time, advocating for her husband's release.

To help the Abedini's financially, fellow church member Ryan Stearns decided to plan a race to raise money for the family.

Stearns is expecting several hundred people to participate.

"We're trying to get a time when we can come together with community and family and just be there to support Nagmeh, while her husband is in prison, we're going to raise financial support for her," said Stearns.

Stearns says the event won't be competitive, but will be a chance to support a family in need.

"It's on my heart, and I think it's on the hearts of lot of other people that it's just not right that a person, because of their personal conviction be imprisoned," said Stearns.

The event is called Endure for Saeed, and will take place Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

The race will be an untimed 5K walk and fun run.

Before the race, Naghmeh will speak, updating everyone on Saeed's condition.

Stearns says there will be live music, as well as activities for kids.

Registration is $15 for an individual and $40 for a family.

The event will also raise funds for other Iranians who have had to leave their country because of their faith.

If you would like more information about the race, or to sign up, click HERE.

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