Team AMS Surpasses Fundraising Goal in 41st Marine Corps Marathon

Raises more than $60,000 for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

Father Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, led Team AMS across the finish line in the 41st annual Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 30, 2016, in the nation’s capital.

Father Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, led Team AMS across the finish line in the 41st annual Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 30, 2016, in the nation’s capital.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A charity team of 25 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), in the 41st Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and 10K on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, surpassed its goal of raising $60,000 for the Archdiocese thanks in large part to an online matching gift challenge made possible by an anonymous donor.
Team AMS comprised men and women from all over the country and France who converged on the nation’s capital for the race. They included archdiocesan staffers, military personnel, and priest-chaplains. Fifteen ran the marathon, and ten ran the 10K. Together, they raised a total of $60,779.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, said:

“Once again I am edified by the willingness of both runners and donors to support the pastoral work of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, with both endurance and generosity. They mirror the fine people for whom I am privileged to serve as Shepherd.”

Father Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, Second Battalion Chaplain of the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division’s 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, led Team AMS marathon runners across the finish line. Father Willenberg, of Fayetteville, N.C., completed the 26.2-mile race in three hours, 12 minutes, and 31 seconds (3:12:31).

Father Willenberg was followed by Joseph Grandmaire of France at three hours, 34 minutes, and 25 seconds (3:34:25), and Colleen Bedula of Bel Air, Md., at three hours, 50 minutes, and 51 seconds (3:50:51).

Among Team AMS members running the 10K, Casey Bustamante of Alexandria, Va., finished first at 55 minutes, followed by Devin Chesney of Tacoma Park, Md., at sixty minutes and 56 seconds (01:00:56), and Meg Betit of Washington, D.C., at one sixty-three minutes, and five seconds. (1:03:05).

All told, nearly 20,000 completed the marathon, and more than five-thousand completed the 10K.

U.S. Army Spc. Samuel Kosgei of Junction City, Kan., won the marathon, finishing the 26.2-mile race in two hours, 23 minutes, and 53 seconds (2:23:53). Women marathoners were led by Perry Shoemaker of Vienna, Va., who finished in two hours, 51 minutes, and 48 seconds (2:51:48).

Geophery Mills of Nokesville, Va., won the 10K, finishing in thirty-eight minutes and one second (38:01). Allison Parks of Annapolis, Md., led women in the 10K, finishing the 6.2-mile race in forty-one minutes and 59 seconds (41:59).