Ocean Ridge resident Cindy Martel is the founder and organizer of the Race for Faith 5K Run & Walk. All of the profits from the race go to local charities. The first two years, the proceeds went to help the inner city kids of West Palm Beach and for the last three years, the proceeds have gone to First Priority, an organization that helps kids on public high school campuses gather to celebrate their faith.
Now in its sixth year, the race started with about 100 runners. On its fifth anniversary last year, more than 1,000 runners joined the event. In fact, the race has been so successful Cindy has been asked to start another race to benefit an AIDS hospital in the Bahamas.
Cindy was nominated to be A Coastal Star by her husband, Victor Martel. “Cindy has spent hundreds of hours organizing this race and has never taken one penny for her efforts.”