In less than 2 weeks, members of the Run for the Call team will be joining about 10,000 of their closest friends to run the streets of the Greater Cincinnati area in the 18th Annual Flying Pig Marathon weekend! This is widely known as one of the most entertaining and enjoyable marathon experiences in the country! While many are intimidated by the hills, the atmosphere of marathon weekend in Cincinnati is tough to beat.
Add to that the message our team is here to spread throughout the weekend, that God has created us each for a definite purpose and that he calls us daily to fulfill that mission, makes the April 30-May 1 weekend all the more special! While our team is as small as it has ever been, the message is just as important as ever!
It is not too late join us in spreading that message either! There are many ways to get involved in the mission of Run for the Call. First of all, we are still looking for monetary donations. We have just $1700 left of our $5000 goal and we have until June 1st to collect it. If you are able, we appreciate donations of any size.
Secondly, we are in need of more prayer warriors out there. Will you donate some of your time or sacrifice one cup of coffee each week to benefit our seminarians and our goal of creating a culture of vocations across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati? Thirdly, we need help spreading the message. Will you purchase a sport-tek team t-shirt and wear it with pride when you head to the gym, or out on your morning run, or at your next race day? Finally, if you can’t run, but you just want to join in the fun, head downtown on Marathon weekend with your homemade Run for the Call sign and cheer us on!
Run for the Call is going to be pretty active over the next couple of months. First of all, as we begin this season of Lent, it is our hope that more and more people will take on as a special Lenten discipline to sacrifice and pray for our seminarians and for all vocations by joining our Run for the Call marathon team. The more team members we get praying for vocations, the more powerfully the call to religious life may enter the hearts who God is calling. Let us change hearts this season, together with God’s grace!
On Saturday, March 5th Run for the Call will be spending time with hundreds of men from the greater Cincinnati area at the E6 Catholic Men’s Conference at East Central High School in St. Leon, IN. Come join us and be challenged and inspired by talks by Christopher West, Mark Houck, and Fr. John Hollowell! We will be exploring St. Paul’s exhortation to “Put on the armor of God” (Eph. 6:11-17) and all that entails as Catholic men.
The very next Saturday, on March 12th, the Serra Club of Sidney/St. Mary’s will be hosting the 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the benefit of Run for the Call. All those families in the North who are great Run for the Call supporters, mark your calendars and make a trip out to St. Remy Hall in Russia, OH from 5-7pm. There is no cost to the meal, but donations are encouraged. Carryout is available!
Finally, before we get to the actual Flying Pig race weekend, on Saturday, April 9th young adult groups from all over the city are coming together once again to plan our 5th Annual Young Adult Square Dance at Annunciation in Clifton. The family friendly dance will run from 6-11pm (with Mass being offered at 5:00 at Annunciation) with live square dance callers, Gregg and Jenny Schmitmeyer and a live DJ. Admission for the evening is just $5 for anyone 10 and over or a maximum of $20 per family.
So, come out and celebrate with us and help us show our support for our seminarians!
And don’t forget, if you join our team, you’ll get the Early Bird Registration price all the way through the beginning of April. Just sign up today and we’ll send you the team discount code!
Happy New Year everyone! It is time once again to launch our Flying Pig Marathon surge! On the second day of what has become the coldest days of this winter, it is time to warm things up and think about Spring again!
The Flying Pig Marathon is celebrating its 18th running this year and we are celebrating our 5th year as a partner member! We would love the opportunity to continue this partnership but we need your support once again to do it! So, if you are a fan of running, or you just need a fan afterwards, the Flying Pig and Run for the Call have got a way for you to get involved and help a great cause in the meantime!
To begin, go to our Join the Team page or to our Volunteers page to participate as a member of the Run for the Call team to the greatest capacity you are able! Once you have signed up there, stay in touch through Facebook and our Get Involved Now page so that you never miss an opportunity to help support our seminarians. In the meantime, pray daily for the success of the Run for the Call mission and for the perseverance of our seminarians in following the will of God.
In a little more than a month, on September 26, 2015 from 6-11pm (doors open at 5:30pm) the Convocation Center at Our Lady of Victory in Delhi Township is going to fill with family friendly fun at the 2nd Annual Run for the Call Celtic Benefit Concert featuring the Easter Rising Band with Danny and Japes and special guest, the University of Dayton Irish Dance Club!
The event will offer food, soda for donations and beer for sale as well as automatic chances to enter the Piggest Raffle Ever (the Flying Pig Marathon raffle) with your paid admission ($10 for adults/ 12&under are FREE). None of this would be possible without the support of the business community.
Thank you to the following sponsors for your tremendous support!
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Recently, I emailed all my previous Run for the Call Flying Pig runners and told them of a very exciting opportunity to join in the movement to defeat hunger here in Cincinnati.
From now until September 5, 2015, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is partnering with local food banks and other organizations and taking up a huge task of ending hunger across Cincinnati. They are asking people to donate regularly throughout the next 6 weeks to reach their goal of 1,000,000 donations of food to stock the shelves of all the local food pantries here in the city. As a finale to these efforts, the Archdiocese Catholic Schools Office has developed a family friendly festival of food donations and physically fitness called the Defeat Hunger 5K Obstacle run happening at Summit Park in Blue Ash from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Run for the Call has committed to joining in these efforts as a team and I am setting a couple of goals for our team:
- 50 members participating in the race and
- 500 donations to the Food for All campaign!
With your help and enthusiasm, we can easily reach both of those goals, but it’s time to step up now!
To sign up for our team, please fill out the form on the Join the Team page, and we will send you the team password to be entered when you register at the Defeat Hunger 5K Obstacle Run site. Then, on race day, come in your race t-shirt and help us to spread the message of vocations while we help to defeat hunger!
NOTE: All obstacles in the obstacle run are for fun only and you are not required to complete any of them in order to finish the race. There is also a shorter run option for children 12 and under.
I can’t believe we are already this close, but the deadline to sign up as a Run for the Call team member for the Flying Pig Marathon weekend is this Saturday! April 18th is the last day to register online using the discount code. With that code, however, you get the early bird price that you could only get through the end of October! So, if you have yet to decide which race you will run at the Pig this year or if you have just been procrastinating, save yourself close to 30% off your race registration and support a great cause in the meantime!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!
No longer are we a people waiting in doubt and darkness, now we are a people of hope and light! What better way to celebrate that wonderful news than to get out on the streets and trails and proclaim the good news with our bodies!
The Run for the Call Run-a-Thon has begun and while we may be off to a slow start, I know our miles will multiply quickly as we get more and more members joining the team and reporting their mileage. That’s all you need to do.
Go to our Join the Team page, fill in the information and sign up for the Run-a-thon. Tell us how many miles you intend to run and hit the road. We’ll send you the name of a seminarian for whom we ask you to pray throughout your runs (you’ll find that running for someone else will help you stay motivated). At the end of each week, tell us how many miles you’ve run that week and we’ll tally it all up! Together we can do great things!
So, are you training for a race? Are you in track and have to run at practice? Are you just trying to stay in shape? Do you already have a running team but your team wants to support a great organization? Have you always wanted to run a particular distance and haven’t found the right motivation? This is a great opportunity to do all those things and spread the message of vocations. Let’s run 5000 miles together and see how many lives we can change in the process!