Team AMS to Run in 2016 Marine Corps Marathon Team registration opens Tuesday, April 7, at

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 field a team in the 41st Annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). 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 2016 marathon is limited to 30,000 participants.
For the fourth year in a row, Team AMS will run as a “charity partner” in the Oct. 30, 2016 race to raise money for the archdiocese. In 2015, members of Team AMS raised $67,240.96, a record for the last 3 years the AMS has participated in the Marine Corps Marathon. Thanks to a one-day matching gift challenge made possible by The Charitable Exchange (TCE), an additional $37,836.67 was raised to support all AMS programs.

In 2015, 47 runners from 18 different states and the District of Columbia completed the 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon and 10K as members of Team AMS. This year, the team hopes to field at least 50 runners and has a fundraising goal of least $55,000.

For those not up to the challenge of the full 26.2 mile marathon, the MCM will again host 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 Tuesday, April 7, anyone interested in joining Team AMS for the marathon may register at Registration will remain open until all 50 slots are filled. 10K runners may register individually on the same site beginning April 27.

Registration details are as follows:

Marathon Runner Registration: The AMS has 50 marathon entries. To reserve your entry, please visit The Team AMS registration fee is $20 which covers a Team AMS shirt, Team AMS events, and fundraising support (including a fundraising web page). Runners are responsible for the marathon registration fee (the AMS will cover the marathon registration fee for clergy and seminarians).

Runners will be provided with a link and registration code for a personal fundraising page and are encouraged to raise at least $500 (but is not required). The Marine Corps Marathon is known as “The People’s Marathon” and members of Team AMS provide an opportunity for awareness, prayers and support for the AMS.

MCM10K Registration: MCM10K registrations are available on the Marine Corps Marathon website ( Registration opens on April 27. After registering for the race, runners can join Team AMS. The Team AMS registration fee is $20 which also covers the Team AMS shirt, Team AMS events, and fundraising support. Runners are encouraged to raise at least $200 (but it is not required).

For more information, please contact Edward D’Antoni, Team AMS Organizer ( interested in making a donation to Team AMS may do so beginning Tuesday, April 7, by going to and filling out the online form.

NOTE: The Archdiocese is a charity partner in the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.