Team AMS to Run Again for Charity in Marine Corps Marathon

More than $13,000 raised toward $50,000 goal in Oct. 26 race

 Members and supporters of Team AMS, a charity partner in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, celebrating its kickoff event on August 9, 2014, at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington, Va.


Members and supporters of Team AMS, a charity partner in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, celebrating its kickoff event on August 9, 2014, at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington, Va.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the second year in a row, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) will field a team in the annualMarine Corps Marathon (MCM) to raise money for charity. The 2014 MCM runs Oct. 26 through the streets of Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va.
Team AMS held its second annual Kick-Off Event on Saturday, August 9, at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington. Archdiocesan staff and clergy joined Team AMS runners and their families for the happy hour fundraiser. More than 30 people attended the event, raising nearly $600. The event gave Team AMS runners an opportunity to meet each other and share stories about the joy—and pain—of running, and they discussed what motivates them to support the mission and ministry of the AMS through participation in the marathon.

Team AMS comprises 59 marathon and 10K runners from 16 different states and the District of Columbia. Runners include priest-chaplains, seminarians, and AMS staff, members, and supporters. Last year, 25 marathon runners raised over $27,000 in charitable proceeds for the AMS. With more runners this year, Team AMS hopes to bring about greater awareness of the global archdiocese, which provides pastoral care and endorses priests to serve as chaplains in the United States Militaryand the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, and raise much needed funds to support vocations, evangelization, and other critical archdiocesan programs.

Team AMS has raised $13,123 so far and hopes to raise $50,000 by race day.

If you would like to support Team AMS and make a contribution toward its $50,000 goal, please visitwww.milarch.org/RunforAMS2014.