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!
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!
Lent has just begun and we here in Cincinnati have suddenly been hit with that “awful” winter that had been so loudly predicted back in November. We made it through December and January and most of February before it hit us here, but it seems it was at the absolute best time. We get to spend time with our families with many opportunities to offer pray together, offer sacrifice together and generally get Lent off on the right foot.
Additionally, it has given us opportunities to look for ways to give alms as a family and Run for the Call is giving your family two great ways to do that with fundraising events coming up in the month of March.
On Saturday, March 21, the Sidney/St. Mary’s Serra Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner to support our seminarians through Run for the Call. This dinner will take place from 5-7pm at the Russia Catholic War Veterans Hall (located at 2444 Kelch Rd. Russia, Oh 45363). Donations for the cost of dinner and to support our seminarians will be taken at the door.
For those in Cincinnati, on Saturday, March 28th, the 4th Annual Young Adult Square Dance will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Liberty Township. This dance, which runs from 7-11pm, will feature live square dance caller Zeke Regula (a crowd favorite) every hour and DJ filling in the gaps all night long. The cost for this event is $8/person (which covers the cost of food and refreshments) and will also offer other opportunities to support the seminarians throughout the night.
Both of these events are popular events with great opportunities to offer alms to support those who may one day serve our Archdiocese as priests.