It’s Not Too Late to Support Team AMS in Oct. 30 Marine Corps Marathon and 10K

Online matching gift opportunity through Friday, October 28!

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. – It’s not too late to support the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), by backing its charity team in the 41st Annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and 10K race on Sunday, Oct. 30. This is the fourth year that the AMS is participating as an official charity team of the Marine Corps Marathon, often referred to as “The People’s Marathon,” as it is the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money.

This year, Team AMS comprises 25 runners from 12 states, the District of Columbia, and France. They include Father Luke Willenberg, who serves on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties and who holds the record for the fastest 12-mile foot march by any Soldier ever to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite DeGlopper Air Assault School.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D. will once again be at the starting line as the day’s events kickoff.

With your help, Team AMS hopes to raise $60,000 to further support the practice of Catholic faith in the United States Military and the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs 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:
Please pray for the runners in their final days of preparation and on race day.

If you live in greater Washington, come out to cheer on the team along the race course. Find information at

Now through this Friday, October 28, gifts received online will be matched up to a total of $25,000! Help Team AMS reach its fundraising goal this year with an online gift to sponsor a particular runner or Team AMS as a whole. Make your tax-deductible gift at
Team AMS will gather for the Celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening, Oct. 29, at the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, the AMS’s headquarters in northeast Washington, D.C.

The MCM starts the following morning at 7:55 a.m. (ET)—7:40 a.m. for wheelchair and hand cycle participants—in Arlington, Va., on Route 110 halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery. The 10K starts at 9:15 a.m. (ET) 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.