Team AMS to Run Again in Marine Corps Marathon

Aims to raise $50,000 for the Archdiocese for the Military Services

Team AMS member Lauren Janniello (2nd from right) with family supporters at the Marine Corps Marathon, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Team AMS member Lauren Janniello (2nd from right) with family supporters at the Marine Corps Marathon, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For the second year in a row, the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) will field a team in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). Team AMS will run again as a “charity partner” in the Oct. 26, 2014 race to raise money for the archdiocese. Last year, Team AMS, comprising 25 runners, raised more than $27,000. This year, the team hopes to field 50 runners and raise $50,000. For those not up to the challenge of the full 26.2 mile course, there is an alternative: the MCM also hosts a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) race the same day on a parallel route along the Potomac River, through the scenic neighborhoods and stately monument grounds of the nation’s capital.
Beginning on Monday, Feb. 10, anyone interested in joining Team AMS for the marathon may register at www.milarch.org/marathon. Registration will remain open until all 50 slots are filled. 10K runners may register individually on the same site beginning May 21. There are three types of registrations for different classes of runners—joiners who need a marathon entry, returners who already have a marathon entry, and 10K runners. Each registration is broken down into 2 groups—one for lay people and one for clergy/seminarians.

The three types of registration for lay people are as follows:

  1. Runner Registration: This registration is for those who would like to run the marathon for Team AMS and do not have a marathon entry already. The AMS will supply them with an entry. The registration fee of $130 covers the race registration, Team AMS shirt, Team AMS reception after Mass on October 25th, and fundraising support (including a fundraising web page). The runner is encouraged to raise at least $500, but there is no penalty if that goal is not met.
  2. Pre-Existing Marathon Registration: This registration is for individuals who have already obtained a marathon entry on their own but would still like to run for Team AMS. The registration fee is $20 which includes a Team AMS shirt, Team AMS reception after Mass on October 25th, and fundraising support. The runner is encouraged to raise at least $500, but there is no penalty if that goal is not met.
  3. MCM10K Registration: The runner must obtain an MCM10K registration on his or her own. The registration fee is $20 which covers a Team AMS shirt, Team AMS reception after Mass on October 25th, and fundraising support. The runner is encouraged to raise at least $200, but there is no penalty if that goal is not met.

The three types of registration for clergy and seminarians are as follows:

  1. Clergy/Seminarian Runner Registration: This registration is for priests and seminarians who would like to run for Team AMS and do not have a marathon entry already. The AMS will supply them with an entry. There is no registration fee.
  2. Clergy/Seminarian Exception to Pre-Existing Marathon Registration: This registration is for priests and seminarians who have obtained a marathon entry on their own but would still like to run for Team AMS. There is no registration fee.
  3. Clergy/Seminarian MCM10K Registration: Runner must obtain an MCM10K registration on his own. There is no registration fee.

For clergy and seminarians, fundraising is optional.

The MCM is the third largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world. Last year, nearly 30,000 runners took part, and the 2014 marathon is limited to 30,000 participants. Team AMS organizer Carol Nettina urges anyone interested in joining the team to waste no time getting registered. She said:

“We encourage people to sign up as soon as possible because the race in general is very popular and it is very difficult to obtain an entry without going through a charity.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring a runner may do so beginning Monday, Feb. 10 by going to www.milarch.org/marathonand filling out the online form.