Team AMS Crosses Finish line in 40th Marine Corps Marathon

Surpasses goal of raising more than $55,000 for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

Father Arnel Ranada (Right), CH (CPT), USA, leaves the starting line on the 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 25, 2015.

Father Arnel Ranada (Right), CH (CPT), USA, leaves the starting line on the 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 25, 2015.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A team of 41 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), in the 40th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and 10Kon Sunday surpassed its goal of raising $55,000 for the archdiocese thanks in part to a one-day online matching gift challenge made possible by The Charitable Exchange. Even though the race is over, donations in support of Team AMS and all AMS programs will continue to be taken through Sunday, Nov. 1. To donate, go here.

Team AMS comprised men and women from all over the country who converged on the nation’s capital for the race. They included archdiocesan staffers, military personnel, priest-chaplains and seminarians. Thirty-three ran the marathon, and eight ran the 10K.

Jeff Carr, 28, of Arlington, Va., led Team AMS marathon runners across the finish line, completing the 26.2-mile race in three hours, 35 minutes, and 59 seconds (3:35:59). He was followed by Father Paul Weberg, 38, of Fayetteville, N.C., at three hours, 43 minutes, and 38 seconds (3:43:38), and Kasey Hawkins, 29, of Medford, N.J., at three hours, 46 minutes, and 13 seconds (3:46:13).

Among Team AMS members running the 10K, Joseph Kramer, 39, of Dumfries, Va., finished first at 53 minutes and 15 seconds (00:53:15), followed by Casey Bustamante, 29, of Alexandria, Va., at fifty-six minutes and 42 seconds (00:56:42), and Kathleen Lau, 28, of Tampa, Fla., at one hour, three minutes, and 43 seconds. (1:03:43).

All told, 23,194 completed the marathon. The 10K celebrated its 10th year with its largest field of 7,777 runners.

U.S. Army Lt. Trevor Lafontaine, 22, of Cornwall, N.Y., won the marathon, breaking the finish tape in two hours, twenty-four minutes, and twenty-five seconds (2:24:25). Lafontaine is a member of the U.S. Army Running Team. Jack Dasilva, 30, of Arlington, Va., took first place in the 10K, finishing in thirty-four minutes and one second (34:01).

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, was on hand at the starting line in Arlington, Va., Sunday morning to cheer on the team.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“It was impressive to stand at the starting line and see so many people participating in this annual event. Heartfelt congratulations are due to Team AMS for successfully completing the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K! The entire Archdiocese is grateful to AMS Director of Major Gifts/Development Mary Lavin and development staff members Edward D’Antoni, Angela McDuffie, Carol Dygert and Webmaster Margaret Betit for coordinating so many activities, attending to hundreds of details, raising enthusiasm, and making everything a success. To all of Team AMS, I congratulate you for surpassing your goal.”