WASHINGTON, D.C. – A charity team of 50 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) crossed the finish line in the 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, just $7,208 short of its $60,000 fundraising goal. Consequently, the AMS has decided to extend the donation period for one more week in hopes reaching the target. Donors now have through Friday, Oct. 13, to make a gift. Donations can be made at https://milarch.rallybound.org/donate.
Thanks to generous benefactors, Team AMS raised $52,792 before organizers cut short the 8:00 a.m. race after just two hours due to heat and humidity. More than 35,000 military and civilian runners registered for the Ten-Miler, which started and finished at the Pentagon and passed through parts of Arlington, VA, and Washington, DC. However, the race was re-routed at Independence Avenue and and 14th Street, shortening the course by approximately one mile, in an effort to alleviate heat-related injuries, organizers said. All 50 men and women on Team AMS completed the race, with Father Lukasz Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, leading the way at one hour, three minutes, and sixteen seconds (01:03:16).
Among the largest supporters of Team AMS, the Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW), Waldorf Risk Solutions, and Raffa, PC each contributed at least $1,000, qualifying them as “AMS Mission Sponsors.” EWTN, Westland Printers, and M3T Corporation each contributed at least $500 dollars, qualifying them as “AMS Service Sponsors.” A&G Design donated the runners’ shirts.
The night before the race, on Saturday, Oct. 7, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, hosted 65 runners and guests for a Mass followed by a pasta dinner at the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center on Michigan Avenue in Northeast Washington. More than 30 runners and their families participated. Each runner received a blessed St. Michael the Archangel medal to wear during the race.
The AMS hopes to raise $7,208 between now and 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, to reach its $60,000 goal in support of the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military. Donate at https://milarch.rallybound.org.