Team AMS to Run in Marine Corps Marathon and 10K on Oct. 30 Runners hope to raise $60,000 to support pastoral service to Catholics in the Military and VA Medical Centers

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. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will sponsor a 501(c)(3) charity team in the 41st Annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and 10K race through the streets of the nation’s capital on Oct. 30. Team AMS will comprise 25 runners from 12 states, the District of Columbia, and France. They hope to raise $60,000 to support pastoral care for Catholics in the United States Military and the nation’s VA Medical Centers. Money raised will help fund pastoral care, religious education, sacramental record keeping, and other ecclesiastical programs for Catholic military families.

The faithful are encouraged to support Team AMS in three ways:

  1. Pray for the runners during their final weeks of preparation and on race day.
  2. If you live in greater Washington, come out to cheer on the team along the race course.
  3. To help Team AMS reach its fundraising goal this year, please sponsor a runner or make a tax deductible general donation at www.milarch.org/TeamAMS.

The MCM will begin at 7:40 a.m. (EDST) in Arlington, Va., on Route 110 halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery. The 10K will begin at 9:15 a.m. (EDST) in the Pentagon North Parking lot. Both courses cross the Potomac, wind their way through the capital city’s broad thoroughfares, past the stately monuments and other historic sites, and finish back in Arlington at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Thirty-thousand runners from all over the country and around the world are registered to compete in either race. Team AMS is wagering that the ultimate winners will be Catholics in the military.