Flying Pig 2016 and Run for the Call

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!

CFPM_logoThe 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.

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Run-a-thon Returns for Easter

As the year moves swiftly by, the time for the Flying Pig Marathon quickly approaches and we are now just one month away from the deadline to register online for the Flying Pig and use our discount code. So, don’t delay!

For those of you who will not be able to attend the Flying Pig events, we have a very special Run-a-Thon planned for this year. Instead of simply tabulating the training miles you will be running in the month leading up to the marathon, we are going to incorporate the joy of the Easter season into our running! So, this year’s Run-a-thon will cover the entire 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost during which, with the Church, we will celebrate the new life gained for us by the suffering, dying, and rising of Jesus Christ. We will share that life with those for whom we will run and we will reach for a lofty goal!

In 50 days, it is our goal to run 5000 miles. Of course, if we add this up, that is a mere 100 miles per day for the entire team of runners. That is an achievable goal and one that we hope to find great support for as we have in our previous three years.

So, go to our team page and register for the Run-a-thon and let us know how many miles you intend to run (or walk) in those 50 days. We will collect those names, put them into an online pledge form and send you the link on Easter Day that you can forward to all your friends and family. I look forward to running with you and spreading the good news of Christ’s resurrection!

A Pack of Running Disciples

after raceOver the past three years, Run for the Call has consistently grown and developed. We humbly began our work thinking almost entirely of the financial benefit we could give our seminarians who need extra assistance in paying for the tuition costs of a seminary education. As more people got on board with the efforts, however, we realized just how shortsighted that focus was and just how great of an opportunity we had unwittingly created.

The truth is running is something that speaks to the core of so many people across all levels of faith and backgrounds.

“-The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other but to be with each other.
-The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.”
― Christopher McDougallBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

ah-ha-momentInterestingly enough, I found the above quote to be more than just true, it was a revelation. In fact, it was a resonation of something we sort of realized early on but didn’t make a central tenant of all that we are doing here. We race to be with each other, whether that is in mind, body or spirit. We run because, in our running, we make a connection with our fellow man in a way not so easily found in our every day lives. Our running becomes a form of prayer and all we want to do is pray more. We want to keep offering that sacrifice on behalf of so many people in our lives and specifically (for our group) our seminarians. We run out of love and in turn we learn to love more! 

That is the challenge our team expects to call all runners to. Like every other part of the world, there are runners all over this Archdiocese. Most of them are out running on their own, on their own schedule, doing what they can, but  what training runwould it look like if those runners started coming together on a regular basis to become a running group? What would it look like if those runners, in those running groups, started challenging each other to become better runners and in so doing, perhaps even to become better people simply by running together?  What would it look like if each group of runners made each other committed to running, to praying for someone in need and then that prayer eventually turned into action to help those in need? What if in the course of becoming better individuals those runners also became better Christians? And what if, in the midst of all that helping and praying, that group suddenly found itself ready for even bigger and better things? Things that would change the way their parishes and communities would look for any foreseeable future?! You know what that would look like? That would look like a pack of running disciples! And that is what Run for the Call is looking to accomplish through you!

Make DisciplesStarting today, we want you to do nothing different than what you were doing, but instead of you running with your headphones on, we want you to be on the look out for fellow runners. Start looking to build your team. As you do, ask God to help you find those team members. Ask him to show you the opportunities to build your team. Then, as your team develops, continue to pray for the grace to lead these fellow runners down the path God is calling your group to go. Then, get ready for the run of your lifetime!

I am Out of Shape

I don’t know about the rest of you, but just last week, I attempted to climb the 16 flights of steps to my office because the elevators were down and, man, I was winded! I knew it had been a while since I last worked out or run any long distance, but just going up to my 8th floor office on the steps took me about 4 minutes to climb and about 10 minutes to recover it seemed!

Of course, that got me thinking about Run for the Call and that we just haven’t been doing much recently. So, I think it’s high time we kick this thing in gear! If you missed the early bird deadline for signing up for the Flying Pig or you just want to take part in your natural desire to run help others, join our team and help us to support our seminarians both financially and spiritually in their journey toward the priesthood.

Sign up today and in the coming weeks, be on the look out for more opportunities to support our seminarians through running, training and chasing after your own vocation!

Let’s Get Together (more often): Monthly Races!

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 11.26.53 AMWe here at Run for the Call have decided it is time to focus, not only on getting together and having a great time at the Flying Pig Marathon each year, but also to join in the fun throughout the year as Run for the Call team members. So, each month, Run for the Call is going to support and promote local races throughout the Archdiocese and, hopefully, our team members will respond by showing up in full force wearing their Run for the Call gear.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 11.28.45 AMWhile this is late notice, for the month of June we have decided to support the following races:

Saturday, June 14th – Holy Angels 5K in Sidney, OH

Saturday, June 28th- Hyde Park Blast (4 mile run, kids races and bike races – both amateur and professional)

If you have a race you would like us to support and promote, please let us know in the comments or tell us on Facebook. Our hope is to sponsor one in the North, in Dayton and in Cincinnati each month, so your help in finding those races is greatly appreciated!

As always, if you would like to join the team for these monthly races and order a team shirt, just sign up on our website and we’ll do all we can to get your shirt to you before your race!

Seminarian to Compete in 1/2 Ironman

Deacon Ethan Moore, a seminarian who is about to begin his final year of formation before being ordained a priest is about to participate in an entirely different kind of challenge. On Sunday, June 8th, Ethan will be participating in the 1/2 Ironman Competition in Cambridge, Maryland where he hopes to carry the prayers of many faithful and represent the Run for the Call cause!

For the uninitiated, which is probably most of us, a 1/2 Ironman consists of 1.2 mile swim in the ocean, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 miles of running for a total of 70.3 miles of competition! Deacon Ethan (or D to the E as he is referred to on the street) has been training for this for nearly a full year and is still not entirely sure he is ready: “This is all new to me as well, I’m excited and just a little bit overwhelmed, little bit.”

Deacon Moore has reached out to us in hopes that we can get a swarm of people praying for him and donating to the aid of his brother seminarians as he finishes his training and competes in the race. However, he’d also like us to send intentions to him that he can carry with him throughout the long grueling race. He says, so far his training has gone well, but “a big key is being able to fuel as you go so eating and drinking the right stuff and the right amount while you are racing, its a science like biology (which I really wasn’t that good at) but with God’s grace it will all happen.”

Together, let us help D to the E “bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24) as he carries the name of Run for the Call and all our prayer intentions with him. To support Ethan, please consider donating in his honor (simply put “For Deacon Ethan” in the comment box), becoming a prayer warrior, or sending prayer intentions to us to pass along to him. With each prayer intention, we ask that you also promise to pray for Deacon Moore and his brother seminarians on June 8th or anytime between now and then.

 

 

Oooohh, snap! Over 100 team members!!

100I wasn’t sure I would ever see this happen this year, but by God’s grace and the answer to some great prayers offered by our prayer warriors, our running team just jumped to 101 runners! Thank you all for joining such a great cause and for dedicating yourself to the training that will allow you to complete your race next weekend!

I am so excited about the message we will all be sending on race day! More than 100 people chasing after their vocation and challenging this city to do the same! God is good, all the time!!